This Google image gives some idea of the waves we encounter along the way. This is very close to where we are sleeping tonight.
Distance covered 52 km . Total distance 319 km. Paddling time 6h45m.
A new record was set for the day. We covered 46 km but it was not all plain 'paddling'. The wind changed direction from the east to the west and it was pretty rough. But, in the back of our minds we still think of the people who would benefit from the Dare to Dream project.
We had a late start from Kipili this morning for three reasons. 1. We conducted a few interviews. 2. We went through our dried food supplies and dumped about a third of it because it got wet.
We had a quiet day after scuba diving this morning and then we did some work on the kayak at Chris Horsfall's home. It is his birthday today and we wish him all the best.
Today we completed the first phase of our trip and tomorrow will be a day of rest.
Distance covered 39 km Total distance 159 km.
We had a fairly early start this morning after a breakfast of muesli, but not before Louis took the local chief of the village for a "spin" in the kayak.
We managed to repair the kayak to the extent that the leaks stopped, except when waves brake over the kayak. This happened this afternoon when we had a strong wind from ahead with chest high waves. This will be fixed but we are running out of silicon. The last two hours of paddling today we managed only about 10 km.
We crossed the Zambia/Tanzania border this morning with a south/south western wind blowing from behind causing about two feet swells. Then a lot of frustration started when we experienced teething problems with the kayak. We had a number of leaks at the hatches which forced us to shore for repairs to the delight of many local people . We did some emergency repairs and eventually got to Kasanga where we went through customs.
Last night we stayed over at a lodge in Mpulungu where "long drops" are still in use. (you smell it before you see it). We got up early and started packing the kayak which proved to be difficult and cumbersome. Some of the stuff had to be tied to the top of the kayak. Both the backpacks are full, and on our backs. You can visualize a taxi with a ventertjie on its way to Zimbabwe. Fortunately we will have less as time goes by. Then we went to a clinic where a number of mosquito nets were handed out to desperate mothers with children. Again we realized how fortunate in life some of us are. A big thank you again to First Ascent for their kind donation. Please follow up on our Sponsor Llist. Then there was the formal formalities to get your passport stamped etc.. Even traveling by kayak on open waters requires it.
Distance covered today 18 km Total distance 18 km
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