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The African Challenge | The dangers of travel!

The dangers of travel!

Imagine being told that you are going to make Porto – Lisbon in 6 hours along the national road. You think, “Oh, it can take your time.” However, imagine that you are told that you do not meet anyone and that the road is always in a straight line. You say, “You’re going to do it that brings water in the beak.” And it does!

As a matter of curiosity, the road linking the South to the North of Mozambique is also called the N1, but the disparity between the two is as from water to wine. The Mozambican N1 looks more like a farming field than a road, which led us to do the whole course in 1st and 2nd speed, an arduous task for those who carry bikes with more than 350 kilos. It was hard indeed.

But the joke does not stop here. On this third day of travel we learned lessons for the rest of the trip. We were contemplated by temperatures of around 40 degrees and by the enormous danger of dehydration when all the water we had in our possession ended 70 kilometers from Caia, the end of this road. You can never make it easier on these issues. In that sense, we had to resort to water that was destined for mechanical emergencies, yellow and that, as you can imagine, did not taste very pleasant.

We were contemplated by temperatures of around 40 degrees and by the enormous danger of dehydration when all the water we had in our possession ended 70 kilometers from Caia, the end of this road. You can never make it easier on these issues. In that sense, we had to resort to water that was destined for mechanical emergencies, yellow and that, as you can imagine, did not taste very pleasant.

After supplying in Caia, already properly hydrated, we advanced to another 600 kilometers, already on a normal road, which, due to an escape that was unsteady and torrential rain, led to the last 400 kilometers of Mocuba Nampula were already covered at night.

So we arrived after one in the morning to Nampula and had to put on foot our colleague and friend João Salavessa, illustrious professor of the University of Lúrio, who already awaited us lying down.

They were undoubtedly the most demanding miles so far, but we also never imagined that it would be easy.It is the image in memory of the breathtaking Gorongosa Mountain

Range and the experience of never facilitating drinking water reserves.