All posts tagged: Ultramarathon

Lichinga

Originally posted on Head over Heels 2014:
Sunrise, Emma and Mike set off every day at dawn Emma is taking a rest day tomorrow. We stop early today (early by Emma’s standards at this point means after 40km) and head north to Lichinga to check into a hotel where we can enjoy soft comfortable clean smelling beds, showers with plenty of warm water and privacy. We all still wake up by 5am the next day, which is a lie-in. This video is of Emma running through a village in Mozambique and in to her stopping point for the day. I like it because it gives a good feel of what the journey was like: Lichinga is a busy hot town and extra busy because it is Saturday. To get cash, I stand for hours in a long queue of people squashed together and overheating in the sun. It seems there are 10 people in each booth. Many people are getting money for other people. The queue barely moves. Happily, after a couple of hours Woocash discovers…

Brenda’s Best Baobab

Originally posted on Head over Heels 2014:
Brenda’s Best Baobab is a gentle giant of a tree. Wider than several people and disappearing into the sky, surrounded by a deck for tables, the Baobab stands quietly. ? Upon crossing into Zambia we soon come across small shops catching attention with their delicious smells and fresh shiny fruit and vegetables. As predicted there are several banks in … but not one of them is working. “Maybe tomorrow” the locals tell me helpfully but tomorrow we’ll be miles away. I silently mourn the unattainable healthy fruit and vegetables available and decide, for the sake of team morale, not to mention that having cleared our stocks of food before crossing the border, we may be a little short for the next 5 days. Unexpectedly, the Sesheke town rolls on and it is clear that we will not find a camping spot by nightfall, which is how we have found ourselves at Brenda’s Best Baobab, an immaculate looking campsite. But, with only 5 kwacha, we are hoping for Brenda’s generosity.…