Bike Packing in Lesotho/Maloti

06 Oct 2018 09:16 #74099 by Stijn
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing guys. Such a great way to travel... there's something about bike touring that doesn't insulate you from your environment. It's the exact opposite of destination-based travel and you really get to experience everything along the way. Looks like this was just that kind of a trip :-)
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06 Oct 2018 22:17 #74100 by Papa Dragon
It was amazing trip, and thanks to Richard and Elaine for putting this together, and including me.

I can't add much to what they have already shared, but  a couple of things:

Don't underestimate the distances, kit weight, and altitude gains. 50ks there with kit on the bike is nothing like 50ks here with no load.

Make sure you have sufficient nutrition. I ran out of fuel a few times, your energy requirement is large.

The Basotho people in Lesotho are generally very friendly .and welcoming. However we had 2 incidents on the trip where we had a bit of aggression, both were with boys about 12 or 13 years old where we didn't give them sweets. Nothing serious, one made as if to hit me with a stick, but bluff, and one threatened elinda with a stone, and then threw it scattering down the road after us. We were never in any real danger though, and as Richard mentioned, never felt threatened.
Most of the locals are very friendly, where did you travel from, where are you going to, where do you live, why are you doing this.. you are very welcome in our country.
The people have a huge national pride, and a real love for their country, which they generally convey to the traveller. 

All in all an awesome experience and trip..
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