On paper today should have been an easy day. 92km of mostly flat along Lake Malawi. Breakfast was an hour later – also with our time change after entering Malawi – and we were also encouraged to get some extra snacks since we might otherwise overwhelm small community of Chitanga Beach.
Cycled out and through town of Karonga with stop at an ATM abd grocery. Today I used my cleated sandals for first time.
The ride started flat as expected but by 20km a head wind had started. Not hard, but just enough to be annoying and slow things down.
On sides of road people were drying corn and a white flaky crop (not sure what it is). These villages were a little more off to the side but I was able to find one with coke stop at 44km. After this, a few gentle grades and I continued with to lunch at 56km. At lunch an enterprising local came up with cooler of popsicles!
After lunch, still some gentle grades and hills but not too far before I came across the last few hills and via Chilenla and the Chitenga Beach camp. Nice for a rest day tomorrow.