The legs could have used a few more hours of rest and recovery, but the alarm rang at 0430 regardless and it was time to get up. Because of the time change and sunrise, breakfast is at 530 and everything should be packed and put into lockers before that. The special coffee brew by staff member Steve helps to start the day and this morning we also had a chorus of Happy Birthdays for Meghan who is one of the youngest riders on tour.
The celebrations continued at the first chai stop which was only 20km or so after we started off. A bit early in the day to stop, but the extra sugar rush was much appreciated to wake up. When the birthday girl walked in, the ten of us broke out into more song, much to her delighted embarrassment. Birthdays can be hard for some out here, absent of family and old friends, but we are creating new traditions amongst the TdA family, like candles in PVM Bars (the horrible tasting brick like energy bars that we are given).
The daily ride included beautiful, lush green rolling hills, smiling children, and women selling corn cobs on the side of the road. A great coke stop in the afternoon included Obama clothing for sale alongside bags of stale cheesy poofs. The easy ride day ended early into the town of Kasungu where we camped at a hotel. Kari and I walked into town for a yoghurt resupply and then side saddled the town taxis back to camp (padded benches bolted onto the back of a bicycle). It was great to be the passenger instead of the peddler!