This 5 day section has taken us from Iringa in Tanzania to Chitimba Beach in Malawi. Chitimba Beach is a cool backpackers campsite on a private beach on the south coast of Lake Malawi.

The three days off in Arusha were great. The Masai Camp Hotel was a cool place to hang out and as it had food, beer and internet there was minimal need to leave “the compound”.

I have now been cycling for 8 weeks and have reached the half way point in the trip. I currently have 3  days off from cycling and am taking it easy at the Masai Camp Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.

Isiolo was the start of a return to civilisation after weeks of bush toilets, no showers and tough conditions.  Our campsite in Isiolo had showers, proper toilets and a well stocked bar with cold beer. Luxury.

On the first day in Kenya, I surprised myself and everybody else by finishing second in the race. This was 70Km over very challenging off road conditions which I completed in 2 hours 57 minutes.

The last few days in Ethiopia were easier as the reduced population density near the border meant less children and fewer attacks. Ethiopia is a very beautiful country, but we were all very relieved to be leaving to get away from the children.

The last four days have seen us leave Addis Ababa and travel to the town of Arba Minch on the shore on Lake Abaya.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has left some feedback on my blog. I'm really enjoying the writing but it does take significant effort and it's a big boost to know that you're getting something out of it.

The last few days have been very difficult. I seem to be getting weaker and slower as the trip progresses rather than faster and stronger as I had expected.


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