Ice Cream in Mbeya
Ice cream and cold ginger beer has never tasted as good as it did in Mbeya this afternoon! The name of the shop serving it escapes the brain after the first taste of the carmel, vanilla, cookies and cream flavoured ice cream enters your mouth after the 10km ride to town on a bike or in a taxi.(the bike is definitely cheaper) The threatening rain clouds stayed away for the afternoon allowing things to dry and air out after a few days of damp bush camps. The school children along the way were out in full force today lining the streets, running alongside of the cyclists as they climbed the hills, laughing and giggling at your poor attempts with Swahilli (except Douglas, Joash & Gunther) and revelling in having their photos taken. Our abode tonight is the Stockholm Arms and for once, everyone was able to sit at a table to eat dinner and drink red wine. It was a great opportunity to get a hotel room, watch some tv, relax, charge up the electronics and sleep in a bed… something the riders really look forward to. Tomorrow, after navigating the rolling hills of Tanzania and enjoying the incredibly beautiful scenery (words cannot do this justice) , we cross the border into Malawi and head towards Chitimba Beach and a rest day on Lake Malawi. That means…..a swim!!!