Tanzania, a beer and a hotel

Another country DONE!

With a strong easterly wind blowing and some last few teasing hills we chugged out the last 30 km in Zambia, running our way to the border – what we had thought was a bustling market was actually the chaotic no-man’s land separating Nakonde from Tunduma on the Tanzanian side.

Without a campsite within the city, we stayed for one luxurious night in a hotel (which cost the same as most campsites!), and celebrated our achievement with a beer on the balcony while the sun set above the still lively market. Filled with twisting alleys of just about anything you might need; walls of shirts and jeans towered overhead while closets of shoes spilled over into their neighbour’s neatly stacked cassettes of the latest music, potato sacks of dried beans crashed across blankets of watches and belts, while forgotten eggs rolled delicately across the uneven and treacherous walkways.

We’re anxious to start again on a fresh map!

Reuben

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8 Responses to “Tanzania, a beer and a hotel”

  1. “the latest music” I’M SURE. So proud of you guys but no more drinking until you’re home! Especially you, Erin! Thanks for the new number text.

  2. team James Bay Says:

    We can only imagine the relief it must have been to cross that last border; onward and upward to Dar Es Salaam!! We are so glad for you that the end is starting to come into focus, and are so proud of you for persevering through the highs and the lows….. and not just those of terrain. Keep it up, we can’t wait to see you all come home!

  3. Andrea Hofmeyr & GH/OB Health unit Says:

    Way to go all of you!! Anna, we’re all so proud of who you are as a nurse and how far you’ve stretched yourself so early on in your career and for such good causes. We’re all cheering you and the team on and so glad you’re on the home stretch. Take good care – the bloggs and videos have been awesome to follow on your journey. xox

  4. Nick and Nancy Donker Says:

    Way to go guys! Only one country left to go! You’re almost there!
    Must be a great feeling to know you are running on the last stretch to completion.

    You’ll deserve more than one beer after this, maybe a case???? Definitely a good bed and holiday.

    Hope you are all feeling well and we are cheering you on to your final destination of Dar Es Salaam!

    All the best from the Donker and Guetter family.

  5. Laura Struch Says:

    WOW! I can’t believe you only have one month to go !!

    I guess time flies when you’re NOT running a marathon a day 🙂

    Thank you so much for all the updates on your journey… it is amazing to think about just how far you’ve come. WAY TO GO .

    Wishing you all the best and cheering for you every step of the way,

    Laura 🙂

  6. Frank Slabbert Says:

    This must go down as an exceptional achievement for road running and you are all to be congratulated for what has been achieved tio date. Now that the end is in sight, I wish you all the best for the last efforts.

    What you are doing and have done for the African children will certainly not be forgotten.

    I look forward to your final video and, of course, any book that may come from your epic run.

    God Bless you all
    Frank

  7. Reuben,
    you are brave and strong….
    only 2 weeks till San’s wedding on August 9th…. you will be missed.
    I am sending hugs and love…. Sheila

  8. Rob Jirucha Says:

    Glad to hear you had a chance to kick up your feet and enjoy a beer. But hey, why wait until the end of the run? There was a time when a good smoke opened your lungs for those long miles and pint o’ beer was the ultimate energy drink. Check out these Tour de France shots from back in the day. (Maybe these principles only apply to biking and not running.)

    Way to go, and keep up all your tremendous work. Thanks for keeping your blog going!

    I was struck by what your funds will go to help when I watched a recent documentary about Tanzania called Darwin’s Nightmare. Really eye-opening.

    Thanks for all you are doing.

    God’s peace, Rob

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