Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Riding with Ross Methven: day 1

Ross Methven is riding a bicycle from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently cycling through Tanzania and I am accompanying him on part of the Tanzanian leg. My Mt. Kilimanjaro guide, Yahoo, says cycling is one of the best training options for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Monday, 29 July 2013
In the last post I mentioned that I am tempted to accompany Ross Methven on part of his epic Edinburgh to Cape Town bicycle journey that began in Edinburgh in January 2013. Well, I caved in to the temptation. I will not cycle all the way to Cape Town, but I will keep up with him for as long as possible.

As I mentioned in the last post, this cycling trip is excellent preparation for my upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro climb from 23 to 30 September 2013.
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As I write this post we have already covered a little more than 40 kilomtres from Butiama to Bunda and will be heading to Kisorya, then take a ferry across to Ukerewe Island.
Ross, along the way to Bunda.
There is a long gentle descent from Butiama towards the main highway to Mwanza, 11 kilometres away, which is extremely misleading. I found that months of inactivity have affected my ability to ride effortlessly uphill. As a result, I must have walked as much as cycled on today's section from Butiama to Mwanza.
At the top of a long gentle ascent. 
The highlight of the day occurred when we stopped at a village along the way and Ross went away to buy bottled water as I watched over Eleanor and Mugendi, our bicycles. A curious crowd had gathered to observe us and a woman, gesturing towards me, said: "Huyu atakuwa bodigadi na mkalimani." [He must be the bodyguard and interpreter.] I thought that was a huge compliment as it meant I must appear to be relatively fit.

Next post: Heading to Kisorya

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1 comment:

  1. Wow Madaraka, cycle for peace, understanding and unity....make a statement. I wish you all the luck and I know you will cycle all the way. I hope the media catches this on as you. Cycle for the symbol of putting the flame on top of mt kilimanjaro as it stands free..god. Speed