My day started early  leaving  Nkata Bay at first light so I could cross the border into Tanzania by midday  and then get to Mbeya for my over night stop .  The ride out of the  bay was a little sad , I really had enjoyed my time on the lake , but felt the need to experience something new.

The countryside as you go north is really beautiful and becomes less populated as you ride towards the border , the mountain passes dramatic in beauty , exciting riding , with the lake  my  trusted companion on my right . Sometimes at my side , other times in the distance just flirting with her deep blue waters.

 

Mountains of the moon

Mountains of the moon

The countryside got greener , the lake a deeper blue as I rode up to Mzuzu to re fuel and have some breakfast , winding roads up and up we went , stopping now and again to admire the beauty.

 

Mzuzu , coffee house , a must if you are in the area.

Mzuzu , coffee house , a must if you are in the area.

The Mzuzu coffee  is local to the area , rich and smooth it delights your palate , I wish we had it back home . Mzuzu is uniquely Malawi both in flavour and the décor. The service is slick , the samosas light , crispy and dense with filling . Made my day this stop did.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Back on the road heading for Tanzania the mountains and the lake continue , children wave and the people of Malawi look up from their labour stained shirts to smile and champion me on , with me forever looking right to catch a glimpse of the lake . We have ridden hundreds of kilometres together enjoying each others company , her reassurance I was on the right path , her refreshing waters cleansing my weary body at every stop ,  she would wash the days sweat , tension and challenges  away with her fresh  deep waters leaving me feeling new . I knew it would be hard to say our farewells , she seems to hold the spirit of Malawi in her waters and leaving her was leaving the wonderful people of Malawi behind ,  but with each passing hour our end was getting closer.

In the mountains looking over the lake.

In the mountains looking over the lake.

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Down out of the mountains we rode back to lake shore and so then she started her graceful departure , as I looked right she ebbed and flowed from sight and by the time I got to my last fuel stop , she had gone , left me with the beauty of her and her people in my minds eye and my heart.

Thank you Malawi for welcoming this stranger , for asking his name , for being so warm and kind ,  for letting your waters  renew me , showing me all your world  , life and labour , your beauty and hardship from behind my visor and while I walked your streets , Until we meet again .

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Farewell my trusted companion.

Farewell my trusted companion.

 

 

 

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