Last week I was back down in Chikhwawa again on the Monday and Tuesday to revisit the students there and see how they were getting on. Anyhow I decided this time as I was being let loose all by myself that I would drive. This time I took my camera to take pictures of the road and the obstacles but sadly the battery died and I didn't get many at all. And there would have been some amazing ones. The picture below is the view of the hills/mountains as you are coming out of Chikhwawa. (And a very badly focused picture also – but then my camera battery said no)
Now if you can imagine a steep road curving all the way down those hills, with nothing but cliff on one side.
On the way up I had to overtake 3 huge broken down Lorries, who have of course conveniently broken down on a steep part of the hill right on the apex of the blind bends. We are coming to the conclusion that it is probably a law in Malawi that if you break down it should always occur at either a junction where there is no room to overtake or on a blind bend, preferably on the steepest hill you can find. 'You always get lots of warning though (if it is in town – a long queue of traffic and if it is in the country – half a dead tree for about a hundred yards in front). Will have to get some pictures so you can see what I mean.