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The journey from San Francisco to Lusaka 2016

The journey from San Francisco to Lusaka 2016

My Bike Zambia adventure continues after successfully raising over $7800, thanks to all of my generous donors. Your support is greatly appreciated. Bike Zambia 2016 in it’s fifth year has raised over $165,000 this year, and over $750,000 in the past five years fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS.

Visit my blog and come along with me as we travel to Zambia and cycle 325 miles across the country from the capital city of Lusaka to Livingstone learning about the culture, customs and people of Zambia, and visit our benefactors. I lost my iphone/camera in Cape Town, so I would like to thank all my fellow riders for sharing their photos with me, so I can share them with you.

Cycling 350 miles across Zambia 2016

Cycling 350 miles across Zambia 2016

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.

Reflections on Bittersweet Zambia 2016 - Steve Pade

Reflections on Bittersweet Zambia 2016 - Steve Pade

It is a country filled with beautiful people, who will do any for you and expect nothing in return except a warm handshake and a smile, one in six kids are orphaned and 16 percent of the population has HIV/AIDS.

It is a country of amazing scenic beauty, exotic wildlife and unbelievable sunsets, yet the countryside is being raked of trees as people struggle to obtain fuel for cooking.

It is a country where life is simple and amassing material possessions is unimportant, yet the outside world is introducing cell phones, cars and development in an uncontrolled manner.

I am still processing everything that I have experienced after visiting the beneficiaries of our fundraising, cycling across the country, talking with the Zambian people in the local villages, and experiencing its nature beauty at a remote bush camp and Victoria Falls.