The first leg of the trip takes us from Lusaka in Zambia to Sandoa in the South West of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I first met Charlie on the road out of Cairo in Egypt towards the Red Sea, him on a bicycle and me on a motorbike. We then continued to bump into each other on our way south and despite him being on a bicycle we arrived in Cape Town in South Africa at roughly the same time! From here we made the plan of crossing the little-understood, seldom-visited and much self-abused "Democratic" Republic of Congo. So when Charlie reached Lusaka in Zambia on his way back north, I was to meet him there and exchange my motorbike for a bicycle.
Here our a few photos from my first journey by bicycle -
After 1000 miles cycling we made it to Sandoa, the town we had randomly picked back in Cape Town as a good place to start our next challenge. From here we spent the next week in search of a pirogue (a traditional dug out canoe) with the plan of descending the River Lulua, only to be told by all locals that the rapids are too dangerous and no one has ever heard of someone doing it...
Charlie has written a great piece on this part of the journey which you can find on his website, Charlie Walker Explore.