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Archive for April 2010

Windy Windy Windhoek

April 29, 2010

The 207 kilometer ride was the third day of a five day stretch, and I gave it everything I had both physically and mentally. It was the longest distance I have ever ridden, over mind-numbing boring roads. I felt good about my effort, but realized I was in trouble the next day when I had […]

Okavango and Other Deltas

April 29, 2010

Stirring to the sound of my alarm clock at 6am on our rest day in Maun, Botswana, the first thing I noticed was how heavy my eyelids felt. The second thing I noticed was the sound of the torrential rain and thunder raging outside my tent. The third thing I noticed (on the walk to […]

Botswana’s Elephant Highway

April 22, 2010

Empowered by our rest and rejuvenation in Victoria Falls, we began this week’s five-day stretch of big mileage with unusual enthusiasm. We were so enthusiastic in fact, that over half the TDA managed to miss the turn to the Botswanan border and ride an extra 12k before finding our way back to the proper course. […]

Dr. Livingstone, I presume

April 17, 2010

After three more days of big mileage and Zambian countryside, the Tour d’Afrique has arrived at Mosi-oa-Tunya “the smoke that thunders,” better known as Victoria Falls to the modern world. Victoria Falls is a (literally) huge landmark on this trip, as it offers weary riders the necessity of two full rest days and marks the […]

Ants in our Pants…and Tents!

April 12, 2010

As I was enjoying a dip in the rare campsite with a swimming pool earlier this week, I thought for a split second that the more beaten paths of Southern Africa might finally offer TDA riders some creature comforts in between our long, hot rides. We have certainly seen more showers, supermarkets and Snickers bars […]

Zambia’s Great East Road

April 12, 2010

For the past five days, the Tour d’Afrique has cycled from the Malawi/Zambia border town of Chipata deep into the heart of Zambia, following what Zambians call “the Great East Road.” We cycled westward on the Great East Road, and I’m pretty sure there’s a metaphor somewhere in there about going against the grain and […]

Its a Lilongwe Across Africa

April 6, 2010

When I crawled into my tent last night to the sound of bad pop music at the hotel club and other TDA riders snoring in adjacent tents, it was hot but there was a cool breeze and excellent view of a cloudless sky. My last thought before going to bed was that I wouldn’t need […]

Easter in Kasunga

April 6, 2010

As the second starry twilight descended over the Tour d‘Afrique’s rest day at Chitimba Beach, I wizened up to the fact that we were surrounded by water in one direction and mountains in every other direction. I have not yet mastered biking across water (I’m saving this for Victoria Falls in a few weeks), so […]

Muggy Malawi

April 6, 2010

Before I lived in Africa for four months, I used to invoke the phrase ‘It’s Africa-hot out here,’ to characterize New York’s hot and humid summers. New Yorkers- here’s a little comparative insight to get you through the upcoming sticky, dog days of summer- in truth, it’s actually only ‘Africa-hot’ in Africa. Or to be […]

Banana Trees and Tea Plantations

April 6, 2010

Our last day of riding in Tanzania and first day of riding in Malawi was certifiably, without a doubt, one-hundred ten percent one of the top three best riding days on the Tour d’Afrique. After a night at a local bar hosted by the latest German stage winner, we woke up in a fog (pun […]