I signed on for this trip in my typical impulsive fashion, without really knowing anything about what this would entail. I guess I must have thought “Oh, I’ll just ride my bike through Africa.” Just another bike trip :D. I really had no idea of what to expect. Well, quite honestly, I didn’t actually think about it.
I met some people last night who had done this tour in previous years and they shared some of their stories about their experiences. It was a little bit of an eye opener.
For instance: I had no idea that I’ll have to cycle on lava rock in Kenya for 5 days. Or that using a bathroom would often be in full view of local people and/or the police. Or that the cabins on the overnight ferry into Sudan will be infested by cockroaches. Or that children will be pelting me with rocks while traversing Ethiopia (one rider on a previous trip sustained a broken jaw).
If I had know all this beforehand, would I still have signed up? In a heartbeat! Well, maybe if I had known about the cockroaches……
Bring it on! (not the cockroaches)