An eerie light covers the camp site that the Joburg2Kili team is set up in. The campsite is in a town called Chipata in Zambia, close to the Malawian border. The light is a result of the solar eclipse that happening overhead and I am sitting in the camp site’s A-Frame bar and restaurant area, catching up on some writing and work while we have 3G signal and the day off.
It’s been almost five weeks since I left South Africa on a single speed bicycle with the aim of riding almost five thousand kilometers to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and, two days ago, we went over the half way point in our ride which, five weeks ago, seemed like an eternity away. We spent months planning this trip and since the day we left Joburg, things have been a blur of: long days on the bike, amazing adventures, beautiful places, lots of laughter, border crossings and the most nights I’ve ever slept in a sleeping bag.
The contrast between the countries that we’ve already been through South Africa, Botswana and now (almost done) Zambia has been incredible. They all have their own energy, pace, and culture. And while they all have problems like poverty and leadership issues, we’ve been greeted by nothing but genuine smiles and welcoming people.
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A few days ago while on the bike I was listening to a podcast which I really enjoy and listened to an episode which I had listened to before, about finding and following a career that linked to a single purpose. It encapsulates everything that The Freedom Fighter is about and wanted to share it with you. This episode is adapted from the book “The Architects of Fate” by Orision Swett Marden. (Just $1 on Amazon)
There are many other great episodes on this podcast, most of which are short extracts from great books, and are worth checking out. If you listen to any other podcasts that you’d like to share, please reply to this email and let us know so that we can share them with the rest of our community.
Tomorrow we leave Chipata and cross the border into Malawi, a country that I’ve not been to before. Armed with the lessons that we learnt from our last African border crossing, hopefully, all goes smoothly. If you would like to receive direct updates about this journey directly you can sign up to the Joburg2Kili blog posts.
Also check out the new “Press” page on the Freedom Fighter, where we’ve been in the news.