Michael cycles

Tanzania to Namibia cycle ride 2017

I must be mad

TDA Global Cycling: Bike Tours and Long Distance Cycle Expeditions

It was this organisation that is providing the opportunity of myself joining the 2017  Tour d’Afrique ride (race) from Cairo (Egypt) to Cape Town (South Africa) a mere 12,000 kms. A bunch of like minded ‘lunatics’ who enjoy the African fresh air and campsites along the way. Yes, most nights will be spent under the stars whereby after a long day in the saddle, you erect your tent. Food is prepared and freshly cooked and every day apart form the rest days. Water is sparse and you learn to shower in a bottle of cold water. So if you are looking for an adventure go no further than embark upon one of the many cycle tours that this Canadian company organises.

http://www.tdaglobalcycling.com

Map of the route
Map of the route

Departure and arrival Monday 22nd March

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At check in Heathrow airport 5.30am bound for Amsterdam and then Dar Es Salam. Arrived 23.30 in a dump of a hotel… What do you expect for USD 20.

March 23rd

Ready or not here I come

The day before a small ride 160kms part of which will be Tanzania and Malawi.  Crossing the border on a bicycle always confuses customs. 

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Forget GPS

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March 25th

No need for a GPS

Yesterday was my 1st ride, 162kms. Clearly you need a GPS, but I did not unpack it so I resorted to the traditional method.

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April 1st

Continuing the journey

A typical instruction board

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The worst cycle ride day ever

120km day as usual lunch at 74kms. We started and the rains came. For the next 46kms battling rain and wind. The cold was setting into my hands, I stopped for a break and the truck came along. I abandoned that ride along with 70 percent of the riders. This image says it all.

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Fortunately, the ride days have not been mountainous more rolling steep gradients. They are exhausting and when a head wind occurs, you need a break. Soft drink no beer. I bought a small bottle of Coke a Cola from this man.

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April 7th

A long week in Zambia

Thank goodness a rest day!  5 consecutive riding days over 750kms.  3 good days with 2 mediocre days.  I am now resting in Lusaka, Zambia before heading to Victoria Falls.  Along the way women working, rendering Kingdom Hall for Jehovah Witness.  

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The workers at Kingdom Hall. They were so excited when I gave them a donation for Jehovah Witness.

April12th

Victoria Falls on Zambia side

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April 18th

Look for the elephant

One has to be so careful of these amazing animals as they roam across their lands.  He was not happy when he saw us.  We waited for him to move before we moved. 

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April 19th

Crossing the border Zambia to Botswana

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April 23rd

Better late than never. Bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia

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Zambia holding the train. It is a rest day

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April 25th

Lady in Red…. I gave her my apple and energy bars for her 2 children. Botswana

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African art in Maun Botswana

Artists create various pieces of art and sell them by the roadside.  This one was hanging in a restaurant. 

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Always something there to remind me…

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My last weeks cycling itinerary

I love this picture

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I am now going to design a new chair plus book to rest your head on.  I fell asleep after a pathetic 80km ride and then decided to take the truck on this penultimate day.

Some random images before crossing the border into Namibia

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Impossible to ride hence all bicycles loaded on a recovery tray truck until we could cycle.  Two kilometers before this picture I was riding too fast, hit the gravel and suffered a puncture. The 5th puncture of journey so far.

Along the way in Zambia

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Final ride yesterday April 24th 152kms. Windhoek, Namibia

I was riding well.  152kms in 6hrs 20minutes of riding about the same time when I rode 160km at age 16 in UK called a reliability trial.  I still have this certificate.  The manager Thalis is on the right and Mark sub manager on the left.  Tour De Antique thank you for increasing my fitness level.  At my age I now want to RACE again!!

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Next up, Mauritania, Oct to Dec 2018