June 25, 2024

On the road again and meeting more great people

After a wonderful supper last night, we slept like babies in a bed – for the first time in two weeks. After a hot bath this morning, Elsa treated us to bacon and eggs. What a lovely stay and thanks again for the hospitality!

Last night we had pap en wors and a great evening with Elsa, Piet, Marlise, Joof and Adelle.

Dinner
It was good to be out on the road again and it looked like we might reach Bridge Camp (halfway to the Malawi border) early afternoon. Not far from Lusaka we passed two cyclists:

Two cyclists

We stopped a bit further on and waited them in. Jeremie and Claire stopped and we heard they have been on the road for a bit over a year. They left France on the bikes and cycled down the Western coast of Africa. After t.urning around in Windhoek, they are now on their way back up the same route we’re heading. Legends! After offering them one of Elsa’s (many) sandwiches, Jeremie asked whether we’ve had lunch yet. Our lunch usually consists of a quick bite, standing next to the bikes on the road.

We accepted the invitation and found a shady spot under a large tree next to the road.

Picnic site for lunch
Claire’s bike had a whole Fruit and Veg basket on the back and they made a lovely tomato and avocado salad with balsamic dressing. They’ve also had rice from last night and took out a spice case as well. Jeremie even had a tin fastened to his bike where they were trying to grow basil and mint. Apparently they do not travel well. We had a stunning lunch and a great chat. It really is amazing the people you meet in Africa. After lunch the two took out their accordions and put up a show for us.

Great show
We spent more than two hours under the tree, chatting away and waving at the locals driving and walking past. It was great listening to Jeremie and Claire share they’re experience and lessons learnt on the road. Thanks guys, we look forward to meet you again one day!

The accordian concerto
Jeremie and Claire:

Jeremie and Claire
We are starting to relax more and enjoy the time spent doing nothing or talking to people we meet. In the beginning everything felt a bit rushed, just wanting to get to the night’s campsite to relax there. It is so great not to know what the time (or sometimes date) it is. Tomorrow we’ll be heading to Chipata and then we’re off to Malawi. Good night.

8 thoughts on “On the road again and meeting more great people

  1. Sjoe, baie dankie vir die amazing storie en foto’s – ek het sommer hoenervleis gekry, toe ek begin lees van hoe ver hulle al gery het en nog gaan ry! En dit was nog VOORDAT ek sien van die twee(!) trekklaviere. Ek is SO bly julle het die twee raakgeloop!!!!

  2. Ditto, Gerda! Dink jy ek moet vir hulle ‘n kitaar koerier Malawi toe?! Niks is skynbaar onmoontlik oppi pad tussen Kaap en Kairo! Terloops, het julle al gekyk na die twee Bolanders, Calla Rischbieter en Du Toit Viljoen, se blog http://www.dirtroad2011.blogspot.com Hulle (en hul BMW’s veldfietse) het Kairo toe gevlieg en is nou oppad terug. Eben Human is reg, die ‘Afrika-pad word warm gery’!Geniet!! XX

  3. Sjoe, julle 2! Dit lyk en klink nog altyd lekker:-). So bly julle geniet dit so baie. Dit is darem maar verseker die lewe. Ferdie het gevra julle moet asb. nou maar vir ons solank uitkyk vir ‘n nice sidecar(s) daar in Afrika vir die KLR:-).
    Mis julle, maar dit is heerlik om julle elke dat dop te hou hierso.
    Mooi loop en pas julle self op.
    Baie liefde
    Kika

  4. Glad to see trips like these are still possible in Africa despite all the crime and grime that the media feeds us constantly. You guys look like you’re having a ball. Any breakdowns or mechanical issues with the bikes as they look like trusty steeds? Enjoy and thanks for keeping us posted.

  5. Nee kyk nou is ek oortuig dat bike-fiets-kamptoer-
    mense is ‘n specie op sy eie!! Hul het nie ras, kleur, nasie of gender verskil nie. Dis absoluut wonderlik!!Bly julle begin nou ontspan en die geniet die omgewing. Ons geniet om al die stories te lees. Groete vanuit ‘n koue Kaapstad.

  6. “Bikers en hikers sien mos vir alles kans” Quote van boer by Sutherland op wie se plaas ons in die middel van Augustus gaan stap het.
    Annalene

  7. Dit lyk soos oeverblindery – accordians op ‘n fiets deur Afrika? Dis die goeie lewe, julle moet elke oomblik geniet en alles inneem. Dit klink vir my mens moet nie haastig wees nie en die spesiale oomblike “nurse”. Lekker ry julle. Luv. V1x

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