Simon last blogged a few days ago but his entry is an eye-opener (almost a split-eye-opener).
I NEED to share another lesson with you, from rider Randy Pielsticker who was helping to set up a refreshment stand at the time of writing while recovering from a bike injury. Please pass this on to anyone you know would be interested.
“a group of Polish tourists [stopped] here trekking in the Simien Mountains. I was explaining the nature of our cycling expedition when suddenly the van was surrounded by a mob of insane locals. One of the passengers in the back had opened up the window and began handing out single Birr bills. They left shortly after I expressed my concerns. I had to move the refresh stop to get away from the mob.
The tragedy is that their intentions are genuine but their methods are wrong. This is the cause for begging children. There is no longer famine here. Every inch of the countryside is cultivated, irrigated or designated grazing land….. If people want to make a donation they should go directly to the headmaster of school or to a church to ensure that any gifts are distributed properly and throughout the community.” .. read the full post here.
image c/o www.greatwalks.net
In just under 3 weeks the group will reach Kenya where Simon and the group will meet Pius & Norbert from Yala district who are currently studying hard for another year of secondary education, funded by monies raised by Simon’s epic journey. Tour d’Afrique will be staying overnight at the Sagana campsite and have kindly offered to house and feed Pius & Norbert along with their guardian, Edward Wata, accompanying them on the 600km journey from their school to the foothills of Mount Kenya.
We’ll keep you posted.