Monday, April 11, 2011

TdA Stage 70. Swimming with Crocs.

157km. Road Camp to Livingstone.

Rolling hills and new pavement took us the remaining 157km into Livingstone. I rode with the men's race group until they started attacking, and then enjoyed a smooth solo ride into the city.

Because there is really no better way to celebrate the completion of 491km of cycling in three days than by consuming junk food and alcohol, many of us celebrated our arrival in Livingstone with a sunset river boat (booze cruise!) along the Zambezi.

An early sighting of a crocodile tempted a couple of people to toss spent chicken wings in the water in the hope of witnessing a feeding frenzy. No luck (maybe it was the barbeque sauce). So, we returned to sipping cocktails and watching the sunset.

Our trip was ultimately cut short on account of a couple of passengers testing the water out by jumping off the boat. The fact that we had actually seen crocodiles in the water not more than 30 minutes earlier didn't seem to phase them (proof that alcohol impairs judgement?).

We will have two rest days in Livingstone, before we continue westward toward Botswana. There seems to be no shortage of activities in this town and I'm looking forward to experiencing as many of them as I can. I will probably skip swimming in the Zambezi though!


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