Day 75 - Mar 28 - Stage 51
|Sometimes you just need to climb off your bike to get some blood back into those legs|
& air into the lungs while your heart takes 'a breather'
We left Chitimba Beach and after 16km started climbing out of the Rift Valley into the Mountains, this was a designated "Time Trial Section" at this point, but we did not sign up for it, it's a TOUR not a Race! And so we cycled along at our own pace...
On the way up, we were well-rewarded with great views and vistas of the Lake and the Rift Valley Mountains. Dr Helen was the Sweep Rider and we enjoyed her company as we ground our way uphill. To say the climb was tough would be an understatement, it was very tough, but we did make it out and over the mountains, alive.
Unfortunately, after lunch and at the 71km mark, we climbed onto the truck. Yours truly had developed gout in his right knee, and it had become excruciatingly painful!
However, riding the Lunch Truck/Party bus did have its advantages, we stopped in Mzuzu Town for coffee before reaching Camp. Mzuzu is an area famous for it's good quality Malawian Coffee, and it did not disappoint.
Later, after reaching the Camp, some of us went back into town to draw money at an ATM and went for even more coffee, plus some ice cream! All well that ends well.
|The next Four Day Section before we reach Lilongwe|
Stage 51 - Chitimba to Mzuzu
|Riders leaving Chitimba after Breakfast|
|Route cycling out of Chitimba|
|View of the lake in the Rift Valley as we climb up out of the Valley itself|
|Judith climbing up into the wooded mountains|
|he higher we climbed the small the shore of the Lake appeared|
|Entrance to the Chiweta Coal Mine|
|Chiweta Coal Mine Processing Plant|
|Bridge over the Rukuru River built with the help of Japan|
|Rukuru River in full flood|
|Only "God Knows Butchery"|
|Coke Stop with Dr. Helen|
|Follow the orange tape through Mzuzu Town to get to Camp!|
|Stage 52 - Mzuzu to Luviri School|
|Coffee Stop with Wynand in Mzuzu at the Coffee Den|
|Supper time at Mzuzu Camp|