The all night party at the neighborhood gas station made for an interesting night without sleep. But with only 132 km into our double rest day in Lilongwe, sleep and rest were just a short cycle away. It was a beautiful ride of more rolling lush green hills with a gentle descent. The traffic increased a bit as we approached the capital city, but the tarmac road had a wide shoulder and the cars kept their distance. At some stages we formed together in the large groups that were common in Egypt and Sudan. Up to 14 riders rode side by side in pairs… we jokingly likened it to speed dating.
Along the way there were plenty of things to keep us entertained, the morning chai stop, the afternoon coke stop and the funniest Road and Business Signs of Malawi… Gems of the day were…
Hangover Cure Bar
Destiny Funeral Home
SlowButSure Tea Room
Coffin Distributor… Your Final Home
“What’s for dinner?” was the other question of the day. Paul, the lunch truck driver, bout a hen and rooster and tied them to the roof of the van to bring them back to camp. There he butchered, plucked, and cooked them for his fresh meat. Several local cyclists had goats strapped to the back of bicycles – mostly alive, but not for long!
As for our dinner, we rolled into the capital city of Lilongwe and enjoyed refreshing beers before devouring delicious Korean food pool side. We are looking forward to a couple days of relaxation!