Today felt like a day of celebration, for no reason at all. We decided to start riding from lunch so we could get in early to Livingstone to make the most of our rest days there and to be waiting when my friend Paul arrived from Norway. We rode the lunch truck with 6 other female riders and talked and laughed the whole way. When we arrived at the lunch spot we discovered that the staff was cooking French toast as a treat! We couldn’t leave without having some, so we jumped in and helped a bit, enjoyed warm French toast and bacon, and hopped on our bikes very happy women! The riding was effortless, smooth as butter roads and feeling good, we arrived in Livingstone in no time!
Livingstone itself is a quaint town, with a busy downtown lined with colonial buildings. We stopped in for a few minutes to get money, then headed out to our campsite at the Waterfront, a great little camp and lodge right on the Zambezi. Paul arrived, although his bag and bike did not, and it was wonderful to see him after two years! It will be fun to have him riding with us to Windhoek!
We enjoyed lunch and beers by the river and then got cleaned up and dressed up for a sunset cruise with a big portion of the riders. What a great time cruising the river, the drinks were flowing and everyone was in a festive mood. We even had a rider jump into the river for a swim despite the hungry crocs waiting below.. don’t worry, she made it back in just fine, with all limbs intact! For me as a hydrologist seeing the Zambezi is amazing.. it’s one of world’s great rivers and a hot topic in conservation due to planned hydropower and threats to its headwaters. Tomorrow we will actually get on the river in canoes.. very excited!