Cape to Cairo 2010

A Motorcycle Diary

5 August (Day 37)

05 Aug

The road to Debark from Axum turned out to be worse than we anticipated. Whilst the drive itself is magnificent from a scenery perspective, there are roadwork’s going on, on the mountain passes that just make the roads a mess and barely passable. The fact that its the rainy season and the roads are a muddy slush in half the places doesn’t help either!! Roadwork’s aside, the road itself was tough. The 350km to Debark took 9 hours to complete.

We are spending the night at the simien mountain lodge which is supposedly the highest hotel in Africa at 3300m and although we were planning on spending three nights here, we have decided to press on to the Sudan tomorrow as we are unimpressed with this place for the money they charge.

We are absolutely exhausted and tomorrow will be the 4th day of riding in a row…apologies for the curt entry today but I cant keep my eyes open!

Roadwork’s everywhere!


Dale navigating a pass. Can you spot the camel?


More dramatic Ethiopian countryside.

Rui on a road at about 3000m.

Simien mountain Lodge.

BackABuddy Many of us have the means and wherewithal to undertake the dreams we want but elect to choose otherwise, many however, do not and that is the purpose of this plea. Afrika Tikkun (http://afrikatikkun.org// ) is a South African non governmental, non profit charity organisation run by the Lubner family that in essence does just that; re-provide the possibility to dream and to create the possibility of turning those dreams into a reality.

Unlike many pleas of this nature, I am not looking for any kind of sponsorship for my trip, but I am looking for your donation, regardless of its size to Afrika Tikkun. Please pledge generously as this is a fantastic cause that will assist them to provide food, care, education, health and social services to those that are desperately in need.

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