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Stage 3: Melt Down Madness (Ethiopia, Kenya)
Addis Ababa to Nairobi
Feb 20th to Mar 7th
Tour D'Afrique Pre Information
1,581 km, 14 days riding, 2 days rest
average km per riding day = 113km (70 miles)
Ethiopia: 1800km in total; This country is also being paved over, our rote is now 80% paved, with about 25% of this in rough condition. The unpaved portions are loose gravel, corrugation and dirt, and this is mixed in with ...
... loved money - which was especially unfortunate, because they were so poor. Once they had money, they did dirty things with it, like getting drunk, chewing a leaf called qat, and hiring prostitutes. They hung out in dark bars attached to cheap hotels, and I paid $2.40 for a room in one of them.
-----In restaurants, I ate "firfir": a spicy red mixture of charred beef, eggs, moist wraps of ingera bread, and yogurt. Ethiopian food was ...
... around us had become massively more rural. I could just glimpse the edge of the smoggy city in the far ground but donkeys had replaced the usual mini buses and the pace of life had slowed ten fold.
As we sat and talked for a minute, the living museum began to offer priceless images and a series of women, well over 40, came hurtling quite happily down the steep hill with roughly 10 foot wide and 3 foot high stacks of fire wood on their backs. I reached for ...
... keep her going through Cairo. Since my last blog post she had two tires blow in the heat, the clutch broke, the battery melted something, and finally something major happened to the engine (relating to pistons and holes I believe). Mat did his best to find a new engine but with no luck so she was retired. While Mat was trying to fix her we carried on in mini buses and then a bigger bus named Oscar (for his shaggy green roof). Definitely not the same as the truck but we ...
... now almost 90 million people. It is landlocked – in the north east part of the continent. The vast majority of the population are subsistence farmers – supporting themselves and their families with whatever crops and herds they can raise. It is amongst the poorest countries in the world. Last I checked, on the WHO scale it ranked in the bottom 10 countries in the world in terms of it socioeconomic status. The average family income is just ...