Day 158: Bwanga to Runzewe

Date: 21.03.17
Blog entry date: 21.03.17
Distance: 51km
Odometer: 8 191km
Avg speed: 16.7km/hr
Time on bike: 3h02min
Problems: None
Flat tyre counter: 3
Max speed of tour : 72.1km/hr (Day 142)
Longest day: 215km (Day 48)

Camping at a Catholic convent. A sister of German descent was very friendly and helped us, obtaining permission from all the relevant persons. They have a beautiful property and as I write this we are enjoying uplifting songs from their choir practice. Very grateful!

Today was the last planned gravel road of our tour. We expected 45km gravel, based on our map (2016 ed.) and information gleaned from locals, but Africa is full of surprises. Today was a good one. Half of the road has been tarred and for another 10km we could cycle on the newly prepared very smooth road. This left us with only about 13km bad gravel, having expected 45km’s. My back-rim also came through without additional damage. I’m now carefully optimistic it will last until Kigali.

For part of the route we continue to see beautiful lush green vegetation. Most of the road was also quiet and made for pleasant cycling conditions.

We expect the hills to start again from tomorrow, all the way into Rwanda.

Thanks for following and continued support, especially donations received for Josiah Trust!

Willem & Eva

For about half the day we cycled on a beautiful newly tarred road.

Dense vegetation along route.

Then some gravel.

A scene along route. I love all the green.

We took a break shortly before Runzewe.

Our camp site at the convent.


2 thoughts on “Day 158: Bwanga to Runzewe

  1. Hi guys, we missed some of your reports, also your new milestone the 8000 km, but now we are up to date again. We were busy the last days only for one reason, suprise, suprise; we are planning our November holiday to SA!
    Thanks guys for your reports, nice photos! Keep strong, hope your bycicles will make it too, you are almost done!


    • yeah, almost there! Arrived in Rwanda today, very grateful everything went smoothly at the border. So excited to hear you guys plan another visit in beautiful RSA. Will prepare our guestroom with a tray of chapati and tea. And, no squat toilet nor bucket shower 🙂


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