Heading out of Lilongwe, we made our way towards the Zambian border. The riding was smooth and fast, and Kendra and I rode a steady pace, chatting as usual the whole way about everything from religion to food. It’s amazing how after 16 years of being friends, there is so much we continue to learn from eachother! Just before lunch I noticed my tire was low on air so we pulled over to give it a little extra. In the process the valve broke off, which left us unable to pump it and I realized I only had an extra tube for my offroad tires and a patch kit, which wasn’t any help without a tube that we could pump. Thankfully Christian from Norway had an extra tube and we set about changing the tire. In the past I have needed the help of a strong set of hands to get my road tires back on the bike as they are extra tough to avoid flats. With no one else around to help us, we wondered if we would be o.k. but with a little bit of creativity and strength, we managed to get the tire on. Kendra’s immediate reaction was “Who needs boys?!” It became our theme for the day..
The border crossing into Zambia was realtively painless, and consisted of filling in our information into a big log book. No computer data system to speak of.. A poster on the wall said “Real Women Wait”, a interesting abstinence campaign focused on encouraging women to pursue a higher education. As we pulled away from the office and said hello to the first Zambians we encountered, we had a moment of realization of how amazing it was that we were in Zambia, riding our bikes together, greeting people and flying by beautiful scenery and experiencing new sounds and smells. How blessed we are!