Now we have to leave the coast and head in-land to aim for Malawi.The journey was long and very bumpy.Potholes is an under statement, as well as avoiding the huge craters in the road sometimes the very narrow tarmac just ended abruptly and turned into gravel and sand! And this is their M1 motorway/national road between Mozambique and Zimbabwe and Malawi!The articulated lorry's thunder along much faster than their alleged 80kph max speed and there is not much space to pass.Also like Swazi with the cows Moz also has goats by the road only unlike the cows who generally amble out of the way the goats just stand there watching you approach and then they all make a made last dash in all different directions at once! Nightmare!Any side roads or B roads were basically just sand which were all very narrow so if you meet anything coming the other way we would be up the bank into the trees ? lets just say it was slow progress!We passed through lots of big mountains (the Chimanimani mountains!) nice views to entertain us on the long road!We stayed the night in a forest retreat near Chimoio (central Moz) and headed off early for the Malwi boarder more sand roads and potholes!We even passed a huge container articulated lorry on its side (I told you they drive fast; I mean how the hell do you turn that over!)It wasn't even a sharp bend but there was plenty of gravel and a long skid, maybe he fell asleep, the road rules are not the same here, the drivers just work maybe 14 hours straight as time is money! There are plenty of river crossings some fuller than others, it is the dry season here atm and I also added some pictures of the local villages the huts are a great combination of wooden frames and mud bricks (just some culture for you all!) Just before the boarder we crossed the Zambezi, this was not empty! And the bridge across took ages as they seemed to be plenty of road works, or should I say holes with signs but no one doing any work!Another few Km on we arrived at the boarder and again it was quite quick to cross, although we were stopped for the Carnet to be checked at a road block as well.
Hope you are not all flooded out, should I mention its still sunny here, and ? er ? it did rain briefly in the night once in Moz, I think maybe that was back on the coast though J
Dad; no of course you don't look like a hippo, I didn't say it was a bad sound! ? and maybe its true that the rest of us are the tone deaf ones!Oh and J.P says if it starts to flood could you rescue his bikes first from the shed!!! Priorities huh!