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Lusaka, Zambia

Posted by: Charley Boorman | Date posted: 24/07/2007


In the first clip, the guys look back at their time in Tanzania.

Charley begins. 'We went over this beautiful bridge, and then there was a road going off to the forestry road, which was really nice, and then there was this road that was going straight, and there was this truck coming down that was just bouncing all over the place, and the GPS was saying 'that's your road!'

'It was just rough, rough riders. And the first bit was really gnarly, going up the hill, wasn't it? And then we pushed on a little bit more, it was kind of a nice little bit of road, then a really bad bit of road, and then another change in the road, and then another bit of road, and then we camped. And that was with the ants.'

It's night time and the guys seem to have company. Looking down at the army of ants at their feet, Charley is worried.

'They've surrounded us,' he says.

'Your tent is in the circle,' Claudio says.

'My tent? No, I'm outside the ring,' Charley points out. 'They've encircled Ewan's. Ewan is inside the ring. I don't know if that's good or bad.'

Charley continues, 'Apart from the rough riding, the one thing I've really found is that, from the minute we got into Tanzania and stuff, was the fact that for me, for some reason, it really felt like Africa.'

Ewan is feeling more confident too. 'I'm better on the sand now than I was, but still those deep rutted sand tracks are very difficult for anyone to get through. And yet you waddle through it, and we got there.

'And regardless of how many times we fell over, which was a lot, you get through it. And it's always a good lesson to remember that you just have to do this bit in front of your wheel at the moment, and then you'll get through it eventually, you know.'

And it's not just the bikes that have had their problems as you can see in the second clip. A dirty fuel filter is the last thing they needed as they headed to the border of Malawi...

As Jim gets his hands dirty, Russ explains the situation.

'Well, we're on tarmac for the first time in a long time. And all along Tanzania I think the dust has got into the air filters and it's got into the fuel filter, so the engine's misfiring, but it's nothing to do with the car, it's just the conditions that we're going through.

'So Jim's just cleaning it out, and then hopefully we'll get to the border on time to meet Eve. It's now quarter to ten, and we should be there around twelve o' clock hopefully.'

The guys asked for suggestions on where to visit in Namibia and South Africa - head into the fact files to see your recommendations.

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