I traveled 500 miles and I crossed a busy border post all in the space of 18 hours!! I'm completely exhausted from battling heavy traffic and strong crosswinds, not to mention some serious bugs hitting my helmet and windshield
Let me start at the beginning - I decided to travel from Pretoria South Africa to the beautiful country of Zimbabwe and to travel around the country of Zimbabwe for a month. Zimbabwe is a bikers paradise - long open hard top and dirt roads where you can cruise all day long to your hearts content. The security situation is safe for tourists to travel around with fuel and food readily available everywhere. There are many campsites, B&B, Game Lodges and Hotels scattered all over the country but because of my budget for this holiday I will camp most of the time.
As you can see on the photo I did not put side panniers on my bike( I had no time to build my own and importing from the US is to expensive for me) but decided to put my stuff in my backpack.
The main advantage of this setup is the fact that I have a much more aerodynamic profile which allows me to cruise at 60-65 mile an hour AND I'm able to get a whopping 60 miles per gallon!(25 km per liter)
To increase my range I took two 1.3 gallon(5 liter) containers which means that I can go up to 265 miles which is necessary for me when I want to travel the remote parts of the country.
At the moment I'm camping at the Zimbabwe Ruins which is the oldest ancient cities in Africa.Click here to find out more about the place. Beautiful campsite and lodge with restaurant, swimming pool and of course a bar with ice cold beer. This is one of my favorite places in Africa! Click Here for review.
After spending 18 hours on the road I promise you guys my behind was toast, not to mention my back and neck and the muscles in my fingers, but after resting for two days I'm starting to feel normal again. I will keep you guys posted as my journey progress!