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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Chris Conway, Jan 1, 2018.
The view from our room at Lake Chala
Getting gas from country vendor. They buy it gas and store it in jugs and then sell it by the litre buy the roadside for a couple of cents more per litre.
Inside the "tented lodge" it's a wooden floor and thatched roof with canvass as the walls.
Day started off fine. Easy ridding through flat lands dry savanna and small villages. As we entered a village they have small 12 inch dirt speed bumps that some times have a culvert underneath or are just bumps. John came over one of these and fell over,falling on his right side and twisting his ankle.
We thought it was just a sprain but Mohammed took him to the hospital to be checked out and get and ex-ray to find out that it was broken, ugh...
John had to have a cast put on, we expected to have to pay hundreds of dollars for this but the cost for an x-ray and the cast was about 25 dollars Canadian... Makes you wonder about the high cost of health care in Canada.
While John was at the hospital I continued on with David and Khalifa through dirt roads and farm lands in the Mamba Miamba mountains area stopping to take a picture at what I call an elephant tree but is really called a baobab tree.
We arrived in the town of "Same" to overnight at the Elephant Motel (no elephants), which unlike Lake Challa was just basic but ok accomatations around 4pm. The elephant motel had and outdoor area where I watched and feed vervet monkeys bits of food.
Roadside lunch stop. I'm careful what I eat to avoid intestinal problems
While John went into town to see about a cane or crutch to help with walking I continued on with David and khalifa into the South Pare mountain area.
We rode up and down three mountains to a height of about 3000 feet on dirt and stoney roads sometimes becoming very challenging trails with numerous switch backs and steep climbing. The Honda 250 XL's never let us down with tons of power, perfect for the riding we were doing, and a testament to Honda as my bike was a 1991, twenty seven (27) years old and still for the most part working perfectly.
The mountain trails lead us through numerous small villages where we stopped only for gas, short breaks and eventually a boxed lunch on the top of a peak. The riding was good and the guides let me set the pace at a level I was comfortable with.
Only animals we saw on the way was a group of monkeys along the roadside.
After about a 300km ride we arrived at the MambaViewPoint lodge in Mambo, at 1,890 metres (6,100ft above sea level).
I have never been to a place so quite and peaceful, as I sat over looking the magnificent view of valleys and mountain ranges around us there was only the brief sound of the occasional fly or bee passing by.
Has Wrong way Johnny Lee ever had an entire trip go right?
Hope he can ride soon!