After a well deserved sleep in Siavonga, the group awoke early for a visit to the Lake Kariba dam wall, just a few kilometers outside of the town. The dam wall completed in 1960, spans an impressive 617 meters in width and boasts over a 120 meter drop – not to mention, it holds back the world’s largest reservoir by volume!
Following this stop, the group transferred back en route to Livingston, making our way towards the next site, Mazabuka. With the beginning of this ride came a few small hills – which felt like almost nothing compared to our day 1 of climbing – and a much welcomed detour off the main road. After two days of cycling on some heavily trafficked, truck-traveled roads, the team welcomed the opportunity to veer right onto the dirt. Though off-road riding does come with its challenges too (mainly bumpy and sandy terrain), the majority of riders loved the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle and simply see more of the rural life of Zambia.
Along with some powerful stops in villages along the way, giving us the opportunity to talk with the locals, we enjoyed cycling through what is considered the sweetest town in Zambia. Mazabuka is the sugar cane capital of the country, and provides almost an oasis of green agriculture tucked among the surrounding, rather arid terrain. We look forward to an even more rural ride tomorrow or as our guide, Henk, puts it – dropping off the map