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Archive for March 2010

Digging Deep in the Dirt

March 26, 2010

I am currently writing this blog face down in my tent, unable to move anything but my fingers across my blackberry’s keyboard. I know I was all optimistic and positive about the merits of riding on rough dirt roads in my last blog entry, but seven straight relentless days of dirt and climbing have yielded […]

An Ode to Tanzanian Offroad

March 26, 2010

Riding along a rocky, remote dirt “road” in Tanzania this afternoon I suddenly grasped the relevance of the old adage to “keep one’s friends close and one’s enemies closer.” From the windswept sand of Egypt to the lush savannah of Tanzania riders on the Tour d’Afrique have encountered and battled various “enemies” along the way. […]

No Running with Lions

March 20, 2010

After cycling almost six thousand kilometers to the half way point of our trip across Africa, the Tour d’Afrique race directors wisely scheduled a three-day rest (our longest) in Arusha, Tanzania. We all needed a break from the daily grinds of the bike and camp, and I’m sure the staff needed a respite from all […]

Colorfully Attired Maasai

March 15, 2010

I once read a beautiful piece of writing, that captured the incongruity of the border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania at the chaotic town of Namanga. The author wrote of colorfully attired Maasai warriors in traditional garb and weaponry, chattering on sophisticated cell phones, while drinking Coca Cola in an area of the world that […]

Pineapple Stop

March 14, 2010

The morning after our epic rafting trip, I woke up feeling refreshed by the lingering thrill of a new experience. Plus, it was finally the day we would cycle into Nairobi! One of only a few places in Africa I have visited before and know something about! We faced a mentally challenging day of riding- […]

Rockin the Southern Hemisphere

March 13, 2010

The paved road has continued along our approach to Nairobi, and finally, we have received a respite from the rain!!! As I sat in my tent a few mornings ago, waiting for the morning deluge to cease enough to pack up my stuff, I was convinced that the same cloud (and correspondingh stench of mildew), […]

The Comeback Kid

March 9, 2010

After plenty of rest, recovery and a double dose of antibiotics, Nurse Caro and I agreed that yesterday I would be ready to get back on the bike. I woke up like a little kid on Christmas morning, and have never been so excited to rub anti-saddle sore cream on my tush! I got all […]

Follow the Lava Rock Road

March 7, 2010

Before embarking on this wild and wonderful experiment in expedition cycling two words filled my imagination with fear…Northern Kenya. The legends of Northern Kenya’s horrendous road conditions, propensity for bad weather and general remoteness are passed down year to year on the TDA. I had seen haunting pictures of “roads” that were really just clusters […]

Mellow Yabello

March 6, 2010

Before departing Ethiopia for Northern Kenya, we stopped in the town of Yabello for a rest day. If you’ve never heard of Yabello you wouldn’t be the first person. It’s not much beyond a hotel, gas station and a few stalls enroute to the Kenyan border. The town did contain approximately five Snickers bars in […]

When it Rains it Pours

March 5, 2010

The road south of Addis began innocently enough…for the first time in weeks, we enjoyed flat, fast rides along shady roads lined with farms and beautiful lakes. Despite a pending Ironman triathlon to train for in July, I swore off swimming in African lakes before the trip started, but other riders told me the waters […]