Afrikalegburn – Grant Clark – 18 January 2017

“To raise exposure, funds and books for Shine, I will endeavour to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town arriving in time for the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour on the 12 March 2017. One week later I will be on the start line for the toughest mountain bike stage in the world, The ABSA Cape Epic which will kick off 8 days of grueling riding on the 19 March 2017. One week after completing the Cape Epic, I will line up for the IRONMAN SA Championships in Port Elizabeth on the 2 April 2017.”

18 January 2017

It’s been amazing to have a riding partner again, especially since the last 5 days have been some of the toughest riding of the entire trip. We gambled and took the road less traveled, a 2 day stretch from Babati to Dodoma. The road was being resurfaced and rebuilt but no one could tell us if it had been finished. It was possible that it had by now. It hadn’t…. This day turned out to be 1500m of climbing and a 170 km day on some steep dirt climbs, rutted roads, new amazing tar at the end with the temp into the 40’s for much of the day. We arrived at the small village of Kolo where we were told there was no where to stay ??. A plan was made for the 2 crazy mzungus in the end and we got a bed for the night. Couldn’t find any dinner, so had some bread and a warm beer! They love their warm drinks around here…