The Bike Zambia Team 2016 consisted of thirty adventurous riders, who cycled 325 miles in seven days from the capital city of Lusaka to Livingstone on rural roads. We were supported by Thorn Tree Safari. The owners, Shawn and Claire, and four support persons moved us across Zambia with a lead car, two vans, a portable kitchen, tents, food, supplies and moral support. We experienced rural villages, clinics, and remote bush country as we cycled on paved, packed dirt, and loose sandy roads. We cycled by day and camped under the stars at night. All meals were served outdoor.

The Zambian people were wonderful and welcoming, the sunsets unbelievable, the food was fantastic, and we were patriotically surprised with a Fourth of July sheet cake. We were cheered on and meet at every intersection, home, and school by the locals. All were curious to talk to us. They were as eager to learn about us as we were to meet them.

 Our tents, luggage and food and sometimes the team were transported in the “Rhino”.

Our tents, luggage and food and sometimes the team were transported in the “Rhino”.

 Camping at night under the stars in total silence was wonderful.

Camping at night under the stars in total silence was wonderful.

 Sleeping under stars

Sleeping under stars

 It was the dry season in Zambia and the roads were packed dirt, dusty and sometimes sandy.

It was the dry season in Zambia and the roads were packed dirt, dusty and sometimes sandy.

 Sometimes endless undulating hills.

Sometimes endless undulating hills.

 We road mountain bikes and endured the dust and dirt of the dry winter season in Zambia.

We road mountain bikes and endured the dust and dirt of the dry winter season in Zambia.

 Cycle Route from Lusaka to Livingstone.

Cycle Route from Lusaka to Livingstone.

 Local bike shop. Fortunately, we had our own bike mechanic and spare tubes and parts.

Local bike shop. Fortunately, we had our own bike mechanic and spare tubes and parts.

 Lonely downhill stretch with scenic views.

Lonely downhill stretch with scenic views.

 Dusty, dirt and passing trucks.

Dusty, dirt and passing trucks.

 William eats sand on the road to Kalomo.

William eats sand on the road to Kalomo.

 After seven days of riding with one rest day we reached our destination. The city of Livingstone and beautiful Victoria Falls.

After seven days of riding with one rest day we reached our destination. The city of Livingstone and beautiful Victoria Falls.

 I did it!

I did it!

 Champagne toast on the Victoria Falls Bridge lead by Co-founder JD at the end of a successful event.

Champagne toast on the Victoria Falls Bridge lead by Co-founder JD at the end of a successful event.

 The mighty Victoria Falls overflowing with water from the summer rains.

The mighty Victoria Falls overflowing with water from the summer rains.