Nurseonabike Photos & Videos

15 days ago

N E E D A H A N D ? . 😂 okay, I crack myself up! . Studying for three exams, and I definitely feel SUPER OVERWHELMED and need some positive affirmation 😅 . Immunology exam Thursday, lab exam Thursday, nutrition exam Sunday, and then three nights Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, plus an extra shift tomorrow 😳 . Wish me luck y’all!! . #nurse #nursing #school #student #nursingstudent #nursingschool #exam #nurseonabike #nailed #it #you #got #this #chase #your #dreams #study #hard #positive #vibes #only

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24 days ago

M O O D . Nights are kicking my butt. Especially when I get scheduled evenings and mornings back to back 😔 . Had to take an exam yesterday on my only night off only to find out 95% the information we covered in class wasn’t on the test. . So here I am, about to leave for night shift, feeling exhausted physically and mentally. I’m tired, I feel down on myself, but T H A T I S L I F E. You can’t have just successes, there there would be no point in working for anything. The journey is hard, but that weeds out who is really passionate about this line of work and who is just there. This is just a reminder that among all these “perfect” instagram profiles, we are still real people who have real feelings and also have bad days. We’ll make it through this. . #positivity #nurse #nursing #student #nursingstudent #school #exams #exhausted #sick #feel #like #shit #tired #sad #nurseonabike #success #comes #from #failure #you #got #this

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1 month ago

#exploringmywhy . We all have something that motivates us to do what we do. For me, my choice to go back into the medical field and pursue nursing was my nephew. . In 2015 my nephew was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. For those of you who don’t know, that is a very aggressive cancer that attacks nerve tissue. It was a hard fight and there were many long night spent in the hospital with him and trying to support my sister and the rest of my family as we all went through this. I was working on my BA in Psychology at the time but always wanted to do more to help kids like him. . On October 6, 2017 he lost his fight with cancer. This was a terrible time for my family and everyone my nephew made an impact on. A year later in 2018, I applied to go back to school to get my BSN. I actually got a position at the same hospital my nephew was a patient at, which had become my dream place to work. My nephew has definitely been my motivator, and I live every day to help more kids and bring that joy of life he had to as many children that I can. . #nurse #nursing #student #studentnurse #mental #health #curestigma #healthcare #hospital #selfie #believe #in #yourself #motivation #chase #your #dreams #nurseonabike #superbubz #cancersucks #fuckcancer

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7 months ago

In what ways do you take care of yourself, so that you can take care of all the lives in your life? ❤️ This is me and my little fella Hunter getting outside, enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and blue skies. I have always loved biking in fish creek park. There is something that is soothing and almost meditative about feeling the wind on your face. Yesterday was the first time my husband and I had Hunter our on the bike. I love that now I can share this love with him. 🚲👶🏻👩🏼👩‍🔧 at Calgary, Alberta

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2 years ago

13 May 2017 Day 121, Stage 87 83km, Arrive at FINISH 13.00 Malmesbury to Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa And so the journey ends ... it is a beautiful sunny day and we all leave camp a little later than usual, having eaten a hearty breakfast of all the many foods leftover in the truck kitchen ... oats porridge and custard is my choice! Everyone seems a little shell shocked and the usual rythmn of our days is out of kilter. We make our way to Kreeftebaai Beach near Melkbos, where another spread of cheeses, fruit and grape juice awaits us. We take many photos with Table Mountain in the background. At 12.00 we leave again , but this time in a convoy, with our vehicles and a fleet of police cars to escort us and block off intersections, and stop traffic at traffic lights. 20km later we ride along the walkway and down onto the beach at the Lagoon Beach Hotel. There are many spectators lining the walkway to meet us, clapping and cheering to welcome us in. So many people that I haven't seen for four months! What a welcome!! We take more photos with the FINISH banner, and then make our way up to the hotel where we enjoy a glass of champagne and the finish medals are given out. I get to stand on the podium with three racing snakes, to receive my EFI medal 😎 It is finished, I have achieved everything, and more, than I set out to do. To everyone that played a part in my journey: there are so many of you ... THANK YOU! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Cape Town, Western Cape

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2 years ago

12 May 2017 Day 120, Stage 86 123km, in camp at 15.45 Op die Berg to Malmesbury municipal camp site Today has been a very special day! The pressure of losing my EFI has been lifted. Today was an easy riding day. The EFI Rescue Team and I left camp with numb and burning fingers and toes ... it was minus 0.4 degrees Celsius! We descended the Gydo Pass into Prince Alfred Hamlet and then pushed on to Ceres where we stopped for a hearty breakfast and Hot Chocolate at Capish. Thereafter we were blown all the way over Michells pass by a strong tailwind. The lunch truck was waiting at 85km, but we pushed on to 103km at Riebeeks Kasteel where we stopped for Milkshakes and Carrot Cake or fabulous quiches and salad at Wicked Treats. Matthew and Andrew surprised me by arriving to meet us!! With Brad, the sweep in tow, we arrived in Malmesbury in time to set up our tents and attend a last special riders meeting. We all received our new TDA cycling jerseys with fun awards. My award was for my 'travelling pantry'! Paul gave a speech for the 'pirate' crew which had us all in stitches of laughter. I am pleased, beyond measure, to anounce that our beautiful Scottish doctor is now in possession of a lovely pair of slip slops ... and her crocs will be burnt tonight on a ceremonial funeral pyre ... which means that she may now soon start receive marriage proposals! Tomorrow is our last ride with a police escort into the city. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

11 May 2017 Day 119, Stage 85 134km, arrive camp at 18.35 Clanwilliam Dam Camp to Op die Berg farm camp It was another bitterly cold morning with thick mist. We all set off early knowing that this would be the toughest day of this seven day section. The lunch truck and dinner truck were piled high with bikes for riders only wishing to ride the section after lunch. The dirt road wound along the edge of the drought impoverished dam. We rode through citrus orchard after citrus orchard. Citrusdal was at 54km, after which we turned off onto a dirt track and began a steady climb up, up and over the Piekenierskloof Pas ...1000m of slow, taxing grind ... on already depleted legs. 7 hours and 74km later, Justyna, myself and Dr Helen ... acting as sweep ... crested the mountain and after a rushed lunch ... we sped off down the other side to try make up time. As the hours passed, the loss of my EFI seemed to be certain. Helen and Justyna worked hard to help me. Charles and his parents fed us coke and confiscated all of my 'excess' baggage. Off we sped again. Then, just like in the movies, Tim arrived with Mimi, Louise and Dave. .. they formed a formidable trio around me and we draughted them the final 40km ... working like a well oiled machine ... pushing ever harder ... racing against the clock ... Tim behind in the bakkie lighting up the road for us ... we made it!! It was a sensational ending with the entire camp waiting ... I am still humbled by how much everyone is supporting me! AND the elves had erected my tent again!! I am so grateful. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Op-die-Berg Koue Bokkeveld

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2 years ago

10 May 2017 Day 118, Stage 84 136km, arrive camp at 17.55 Nieuwoudtville to Clanwilliam, South Africa This morning the temperature was 0.2 deg. celsius. Needless to say, getting out of my sleeping bag was not easy. In a moment of madness I decided that I did not need my long fingered gloves (yes Tracey, those ones!)... and I regretted that decision bitterly. I eventually ended up riding the first 20km with sandwich bags on my hands (they work!) The first 95km was badly corrugated with sand patches and rocks embedded into clay. Picking viable lines was not always possible. There was 2020m climbing and the first 800m was done by the time we reached the Pakhuis Pass at 102km. My weary legs were then coaxed into climbing a gradient of 6, 7, and even 12 and 13 over a distance of 12km. The views were breathtakingly beautiful, and the descent down the other side down into Clanwilliam was exhilarating. Enroute my brother in law John, and nephew Paul surprised me by arriving with coke and chocolate. . They came all the way from Pringle Bay. They joined us for supper and are now camping overnight as well. Tomorrow we ride toward Ceres ... snow has been forecast! It will be another tough day! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Clanwilliam Dam Resort

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2 years ago

8 May 2017 Day 116, Stage 82 153km, arrive camp at 18.00 Springbok to Kliprand, South Africa The mornings are very cold now, luckily our tents are still dry. Most of us left camp before sunrise, to try and maximise the daylight hours. Almost immediately we start riding on dirt farm roads. The traffic is minimal and we settle into a rhythm of picking good lines and changing these often to accommodate the very sandy sections. Sometimes we get off the bike and push through deep sand until the road becomes rideable again. A number of people fall ... luckily not me! Phil has a few punctures, and nearly throws in the towel. Few people ride the whole day. I ride with one of the girls most of the day until 7km before camp, when, while we are chatting, there is an accident. She has a suspected broken arm. She can only be taken to a hospital tomorrow, so will be staying in camp overnight. This has been a very upsetting experience. I hope that tomorrow is a better day! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

7 May 2017 Day 115, Stage 81 135km, arrive camp at 17.25 Felix Unite, Namibia to Springbok, South Africa Great excitement because the route is entirely paved today! 12km into the ride we cross the border into South Africa at Vioolsdrif. The officials at the Namibian immigration were very suspicious of the United States riders! The New Zealanders were the only nation required to have visas to enter SA. .. a tit for tat move on the part of the SA government. I have my 5th puncture of the entire expedition at 30km! Then the headwinds start ... and continue for most of the day. The wind combined with 1500m of climbing makes for an uncomfortable day in the saddle. I have another puncture at 82km! I am later nominated for a Darwin award ... for forgetting to carry spare tubes! I have no defense!! A few of us team up with Muzz to form a peleton ... he becomes our domestique. On arriving in Springbok, we immediately descend on the famous Springbok Cafe for one of South Africa's best milkshakes ... a Freak-shake ... yum. It has been a long day ... tomorrow is going to be off road. 6 days to go ... I still have my EFI! ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Springbok, Northern Cape

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2 years ago

5 May 2017 Day 113, Stage 80 171km, arrive camp at 17.00 Canon Roadhouse to Felix Unite, Orange River, Namibia It is an anxious group of riders that stands eating oats porridge, fried egg and sausage .. listening to Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs on Charles' mini music system. .. this is Pretty Mikes signature tune. We have a big ride today, of which 127km is off road. We set off and enjoy a very pleasant morning of beautiful vista's ... a ten kilometre climb through the mountains and then we are surprised with a 20km downhill on a long straight road that seems to disappear into nothingness. What a treat! I arrive at lunch elated and in a much improved frame of mind. After lunch, road conditions deteriorate and even a tailwind is not enough to ease the ride. Eventually I round the base of a mountain and am amazed to see vast swathes of green ... grape vines ... with a river. The Cruiser pulls up and Brad and Tallis surprise me with a coke and ice for my water bottle. The temperatures are reaching up to 39 degrees. Tallis explains that it is the Orange River ... and that we are looking at South Africa! I am overcome with emotion and when they leave I have a quiet cry ... I feel so many different emotions. The dirt becomes tar, but our excitement is soon replaced with frustration as we battle into a strong headwind. We reach camp and all the toil is soon forgotten as we enjoy lush green lawns for camping. .. and the showers are hot!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

6 May 2017 Day 114, Rest Day Felix Unite, Orange River, Namibia Today is our last rest day of the expedition. .. and we have a tough 7 day riding stretch ahead of us before we reach Cape Town. We spend the day washing and maintaining our bikes, doing our laundry, catching up with emails, blogs etc. Resting and eating are also paramount. The Orange river is beautiful ... and South Africa is just out of reach on the other side. Judith and Michael invite a few of us to join them at a braai at the Amanzi camp next door with friends Johan and Colleen. We have a lovely afternoon and evening on the banks of the river. Tomorrow we cross the border and I set foot in my homeland again after four months of being away ...! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

4 May 2017 Day 112, Stage 79 93km, arrive camp at 13.00 Seeheim Hotel Camp to Canon Road House, Namibia Today we have some tough off road riding on a section of 27km which is very sandy and rutted. I fall a couple of times and curse and cry and pick myself up ... and continue. It is very slow ... some sections need to be walked. My mood is low and when I get to lunch I find that the lunch truck is parked on a river bank where 2 German soldiers are buried side by side ... their ages: 21 and 26. Well that got me howling again and I cycle the next 20km with tears running down my face! Then I feel a bit better, and when a strong headwind picks up I remember to make the wind my friend and enjoy the cool caress against my arms. The Canon Road House is a delight with loads of old cars decorating the reception and dining areas. The restaurant serves great meals, and the apple strudel with custard is first class. There is some discontent in camp with some riders unhappy with crew decisions. .. everyone is tired and tolerance levels are low. I see a 20cm long gecko in the washroom. The jackals are making scary noises in the hills. I will not easily leave my tent tonight!! ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

3 May 2017 Day 111, Stage 78 127km, arrive in camp at 13.00 Konkiep Lapa to Seeheim Hotel Camp grounds, Seeheim, Namibia After the last two days of riding, today was a welcome reprieve. After 30km of good unpaved road, we were treated to 97km of beautiful tar road. The town of Bethanie marked the beginning of the tar, and we celebrated with coffee and various delicious cakes at the Bethanie Filling Station Coffee Shop. At the 82km mark we started climbing long rolling hills past layered rock formations. Eventually we reach the Fish River Bridge. I was disappointed to find a mediocre sized river, barely flowing and with very simple banks. Tomorrow we may be able to see the canyon, if we can arrange transport. Seeheim us literally a hotel and 3 houses ... run by a man who owns the entire town, much the same as Helmeringhausen. We all had a wonderful day! ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

2 May 2017 Day 110, Stage 77 153km, arrive camp at 16.50 Betta Camp to Konkiep Lapa, Namibia 7 hours riding to get to lunch at 79km! The roads are in a poor condition: sandy and corrugated ... more than once I fall. Exhausted I arrive at lunch after 13.00. I grab a sandwich and 2 apples and jump back on the bike, because there is still 73km left. Luckily, after the town of Holmeringhausen, the roads improve, and I sprint the final 50 km into camp ... in time for riders meeting! And to think that enroute I was reconciled with the idea that I would not make it into camp before dark ... and that my EFI was lost. Today I saw the world's biggest social weaver nest ... what a wonderful collaboration! Tomorrow we reach the 10000km mark! There are 10 riding days left before we reach Cape Town. .. ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

1 May 2017 Day 109, Stage 76 137km, arrive camp 17.20 Sesriem to Betta Garage Camp, Namibia At 6.15 a few of us were lifting our bikes over the Reserve fence, and then clambering over the fence, in order to start the days cycle. Our camp was in the reserve and the gates were supposed to open at 6.00. The day was tough with a badly corrugated and sandy road. By lunch I wasn't making much more than 10km/hour headway. At this rate I would lose my EFI. Marie joined me and we set to trying to increase the pace. 23km later, Marie's derailleur snapped and so I continued while she waited for the crew to collect her. It was tough going, but I eventually managed to get to camp about 5 minutes before sunset. I missed the riders meeting, and food was set aside for me. And the most wonderful moment was when I realised that TDA elf, Marie, has set up my tent. Then Tom insisted on doing my pot washing duty. It is fantastic how supportive the riders have been, in trying to help me achieve my EFI! ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

30 April 2017 Day 108, Rest Day Sesriem,Namibia The wind in this area has been quite a surprise. .. it seems to start mid morning and die down late afternoon. It blows with such ferocity that we are constantly in the middle of a sandstorm and our tents are filled with a fine red dust. I assume that the wind is instrumental in creating this country's world renowned sand dunes. Today has been mostly about resting, doing our washing ... and EATING! We discovered that Sossusvlei Lodge, next door, provides buffet meals of excellent quality and great value. So, in true TDA style, we descended on the lodge in droves and commenced an eating frenzy that would put a plague of locusts to shame. We are all quietly dreading this next 5 day stretch of tough off road riding. The wind will be a game changer ... hold thumbs for a tailwind! ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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2 years ago

29 April 2017 Day 107, Stage 75 83km, arriving camp 12.30 Solitaire to Sossusvlei, Namibia Today I got to ride on the lunch truck for the first time!! After a relatively shorter ride along a road that made working with a jackhammer seem like child's play, we arrived at camp excited about our rest day tomorrow. After setting up my tent, taking a shower, and eating a meal of fish and chips in the camp restaurant, a group of us jumped on he lunch truck for a tour of petrified mudflats which are a relic of the repeated flooding of the Fish River. Thereafter we raced back to Dune 45, which we climbed with much huffing and puffing. We eventually found a decent seat on the dune ridge, to sit and have sundowners. Spectacular! ! This has been a day of jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery. Did I mention that 7 of the women had a group photograph taken on the naked mile? ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Sossusvlei

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2 years ago

27 April 2017 Day 105, Stage 73 123km off road, arrive camp 15.00pm Windhoek to Weissenfels Camp, Namibia 5.30am rider meeting and coffee ... 5.45am breakfast, 6.10am start riding. We have 3 new sectional riders. The ride started with a long circuit around the city before we turned onto a dirt road towards Aus. We climbed and climbed about 700m before the road eventually flattened into gentle undulations. The scenery was spectacular with evidence of recent rains. Everything is beautifully green complementing the rich red of the soil of the road ... and the pinks and oranges of the faraway mountains. The roads are corrugated with loose rock and patches of sand. Dr Helen was sweep for the full day because Max has taken a week off. Tomorrow we have more off road riding. ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Khomas Region

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26 April 2017 Rest Day 2 Urban Camp, Windhoek, Namibia Disaster ... my digestive system kept me awake most of the night ... this could affect my riding tomorrow . I have done as little as possible today. Fetched my newly serviced and cleaned bike from the bike shop. Another small disaster ... I sat on my cell phone. . And the camera lens is irreparably cracked. I am not going to be able to take photographs! There are a handful of new riders. So far I have met Farmer Michael from Kwazulu Natal. .. Justin from Poland .. and Doug who has brought a Fat Bike! Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Final Section. We will be going off road ... apparently it will be a very tough 3 weeks!!! ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Urban Camp

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23 April 2017 Day 101, Stage 71 162km, Arrive camp 15.30 Buitenpos to Council Camp, Witvlei, Namibia Last night we were lucky enough to be able to use an ATM at a filling station adjacent to our camp ... here we could withdraw Namibian dollars (13 Namibian Dollars to 1 USD), also buy a new sim card and air time. The clocks went back an hour which gave us an extra hour of much needed sleep. However tomorrow we will be having breakfast at 5.45 ... so we lose that extra hour of sleep again! Many of us left camp this morning wearing our rain jackets. A futile exercise, as we had no rain the whole day. We had perfect riding conditions, with cool temperatures, flat terrain and a slight tail wind. We stopped briefly in Gobabis for a milkshake and coffee, but didn't stay too long as the service was poor. While we were in the coffee shop, we needed to leave one rider outside to guard the bikes as there were a couple of suspicious characters lingering about. Some of the locals were kind enough to warn us. I rode with Wendy and Paul today as most of the peleton of yesterday, decided to ride the truck instead. A few people have made their own way in taxi's etc to Windhoek already! We celebrated 9000km of riding today!! Tomorrow we reach Windhoek. ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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22 April 2017 Day 100, Stage 70 208km, arrive in camp at about 18.00 Ghanzi, Botswana to Eastgate Rest Camp, Buitenpos, Namibia We were all up early this morning. .. and we left camp at first light, to ensure we didn't waste a minute of daylight. Mostly we walked the first 3km sandy stretch before setting off on the paved road towards the Botswana/Namibia border. Ten of us started immediately in a peleton and we pushed hard for the 80km to lunch. The vast majority of us carefully repacked our bags on the bike in preparation for today's long distance ... and a uniting factor was that we all ditched our rain jackets. It has been very hot with no rain for the past week or two. As luck would have it, the Kalahari desert, which has a very low annual rainfall, surprised us with headwinds and driving rain. We were soaked to the bone, and a few of us managed to coerce Wynand into giving us some black bin liners at lunch. The liner was my saving grace. I managed to keep my body dry and shield myself from the icy wind. 150km into the ride, Marie and I were struggling to keep up with the fast-paced peleton, so we dropped off and continued on alone at a slower pace. The wind became stronger and the rain came down harder. Miraculously, with a lot of hard work, we managed to get to the border, and through to our camp with minimal daylight to spare. Many riders were not so lucky, and Tallis picked them up in the land cruiser. The road conditions were poor with the failing light and driving rain, and Phil and Michael reported an alarming account of a large truck that did not see them. Our normal routine was upside down ... we were all bitterly cold as we came in. I was too tired and cold to put up my tent in the rain, so I gave up EFNT, and am now warm and cosy in my new sleeping bag, on my camp bed in Alex's chalet ... along with a couple of other refugees that were unable to book accommodation. Another longish day tomorrow!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole

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20 April 2017 Day 98, Stage 68 154km, arrive in camp 13.30 Maun to Bush Camp, Botswana After an early morning briefing we are on the road by 06.40, travelling south-west towards Ghanzi. Ed passes and indicates that I should jump on his wheel. He tows me 10km out of town before developing bike problems. I ride on alone and 10km later the Farrows pass and yell that I should jump on their bus. The 3 of us ride together for the rest of the day, with Wendy setting a cracking pace of 27 and 28km/hour. We stop at a roadside table at 104km, and buy cokes out of a cooler box. Many minutes are lost while trying to convince the young 'shopkeeper' that she is short-changing me by a considerable amount. Burrs seem to be the overriding annoyance of the day. At one roadside stop Wendy finds herself covered in blackjacks. .. she resembled a hedgehog! Our camp is in a bushy roadside clearing under a baobab tree. Here nature supplies us with a wide variety of different burrs ... uggghhh! The afternoon is hot and taking a nap in the tent is impossible, though I do try. We have been divided into eight groups of 5 riders of different abilities. Tomorrow these groups will all be competing in a time trial of 40km. The winners will be the group that most correctly guesses their time. Should be fun!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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19 April 2017 Day 97 Rest Day Maun, Botswana How wonderful it is to sleep late ... and start the day slowly. After a lazy breakfast in the hotel, I joined Wendy and Paul for a flight over part of the Okavango Delta in a 4 seater light aircraft. Our pilot was Carel van der Merwe! The excursion was very exciting with the pilot flying 150m above the ground. We spotted a number of different animals, but for me the most interesting aspect was to see the layout of the water, and generally, how incredibly vast the area is. After the flight I joined Wendy and Paul on two geo-caching searches .. the first found Paul in a flower pot under an iron lady's armpit ... and the second search sent us down some peculiar little dirt tracks until we came to the edge of a small river covered in lily pads in flower. Here we found the cache ... and I was particularly delighted to see the little message inside the bottle: "Never, never give up"! On returning to camp, I spent the rest of the day doing the necessary chores in preparation for the approximately 850km, 5 day ride to Windhoek which starts tomorrow. Oh, I forgot to mention the cultural dance and singing group of hotel employees that entertained us in the evening. I love hearing these sounds of Africa. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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18 April 2017 Day 96, Stage 67 134km, arrive camp at 13.00 Bush Camp to Sedia Hotel Camp, Maun, Botswana I slept without my fly-sheet on my tent overnight hoping to spot wildlife in camp ... but I slept too soundly once the armoured ground cricket had stopped it's rhythmic drumroll at my flimsy door. As a result I packed a dew-wet tent and a dry flysheet into my bag before setting off into the chill morning on a much shorter riding day towards the town of Maun. About 10km into the ride I jumped onto the previous day's peleton which came whizzing by at a good pace. We picked up a few more riders along the way, totalling twelve at one stage. However bad potholes and a few punctures caused the group to fracture and we settled down with about seven riders for the rest of the day. There were many armoured ground crickets on the road eating the remains of many of their kin ... which in turn caused many of the eaters to become eaten when we inadvertently crunched their sturdy carapaces with our tyres. Quite disgusting!! We made good time and were soon skirting the edge of Maun, in search of our camp. The camp ground is very rudimentary. .. but the restaurant and bar look out over a lovely blue pool. It wasn't long before our hungry group were causing complete mayhem in the hotel kitchen with our heavy food demands. I'm looking forward to a relaxing break tomorrow. ! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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17 April 2017 Day 95, Stage 66 185km, arrive camp at 15.15 Nata Lodge Camp to Bush Camp, Botswana Awoke this morning fearful about the long distance we will be riding today. It's Easter Monday, so the roads are still quiet. I felt strong and so I reached the 42km mark well ahead of my normal position. Here the Magadagadi salt pans are completely submerged under water. This area, which has been declared a desert because of an exceptionally low rainfall, has seen the most rainl in 35 years! The road is under water for about 1.5km, so our bikes are loaded onto a flatbed truck, and some of us jump into the cruiser ... and we drive slowly across the flooded area to the other side. 40km later we eat our lunch under the outspread branches of a beautiful baobab tree. The day is warm and the road is pancake flat. At 130km a peleton of 6 riders passes and I hook onto the back. The kilometers fly by ... we are riding at about 27 to 31km per hour. Rupert and Charles join us for the last 15km and we arrive in camp with these 2 snakes well ahead of many others! What a wonderful feeling to be able to dry my tent out properly before setting it up. Life is so much easier if I can arrive in camp earlier!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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16 April 2017 Day 94, Stage 65 144km, arrive camp at 15.30 Elephant Camp to Nata Lodge, Nata, Botswana I awake to tales of An elephant in camp again ... again very close to my tent! According to Rupert, there was a lot of activity in the area with the sounds of lions, hyenas and many other animals filling the night air. We pack up and get onto the road at first light. The Elephant Highway lives up to its name and I make 3 separate elephant sightings. Four giraffe also cross the road in front of me. After lunch we pass through a police checkpoint, where we walk through a solution, and then ride our bikes through a dip ... all to try to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth. All food is confiscated. We see a 4x4 vehicle parked at the entrance ... the occupants are braaing ... apparently a common sight as nobody wishes to throw recently acquired meat into drums for burning!! In camp we have a group photo to celebrate the 8000km mark that we crossed yesterday. Tomorrow is another big day!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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15 April 2017 Day 93, Stage 64 171km, into camp at 5.30pm Kasane to Elephant camp Hyenas making an extraordinary racket, manage to wake me up ten minutes before my 4.30am alarm. We manage to pack some very muddy tents into our bags and before long we are back onto the road and heading south-east for Nata. We have been told that there is a wide variety of game to be seen during the ride. The road is flat and straight but three riders still manage to incur cuts and scrapes by colliding with other riders. We see a few elephants and rescue a tortoise by helping him cross the road safely. At 106km there is the one and only coke stop of the day and we guzzle delicious icecreams. It has been a long day and it feels good to be lying on top of my new, warmer sleeping bag.! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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11 April 2017 Day 89, Rest Day 1 Zambezi Waterfront,Livingstone, Zambia After a morning of shopping for provisions, outfitting the boys with some colourful local items of attire, and purchasing charcoal, we return to camp for lunch. The afternoon is spent savouring the delights of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side ... including Knifes Edge Bridge, the Rain Forest, and the Boiling Pot. The Zambezi Rivers is very high at the moment, so the Falls are full, and the spray drenches us over and over and over again. We finish off the day with a brain at the camp site. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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10 April 2017 Day 88, Stage 62 151km, arrive camp at 13.30 Ruze Chalets to Victoria Falls, Zambia Woke up feeling very excited. Have had no proper internet connection for almost a week now, but still hoping that all is on track to meet Tim and the two boys this afternoon at Livingstone. Muzz has promised to take my tent and fly out of my bag and lay it out in the sun before I get into camp. I fly into camp in record time, stopping periodically enroute beside cell phone masts, hoping to get news from the family. On arrival in camp I set up my dry tent, take a shower, and am still in time to attend the bike donation ceremony. The local recipient charities put on a great show, with drummers and dancers entertaining us. Proceedings grind to a halt until the mayor of Livingstone makes a tardy entrance as keynote speaker. Tim, Matthew and Andrew arrive during the lull, with war stories including an evaded R2000 fine for having a learner driver driving a car without an official registered instructor present! We celebrate our reunion with a wonderful meal at Ocean basket in Livingstone. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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9 April 2017 Day 87, Stage 61 181km, arrive camp at 17.05 Soccer field camp to Ruze Chalets A very long day of riding, with more ascent than descent. The roadsides are decorated with gorgeous brilliant-orange wild flowers, sometimes with smaller yellow flowers, and very occasionally a few purple thistle-type flowers. There are much fewer children demanding attention with their 'how are yous?' which provides us with some welcome relief. The weather is lovely and warm at about 34 degrees maximum, sometimes threatening rain, but never delivering. The level of education of the local people seems to be much higher because we often hear them reading our 'Cairo to Cape Town' boards aloud, as well as receiving questions about the trip. Erroll baked two cakes for pudding this evening ... for Michael and Julian's birthdays. He bakes them in iron pots over coals, and they always turn out well ... this we know because there is never a crumb remaining! The ablutions this evening were interesting. .. with warnings not to use the ladies showers because the hot tap will shock when touched. The toilets all need to have the water to the cistern turned on just long enough to fill the cistern adequately ... then the pipe in the cistern needs lifting to allow the water to flush the bowl. The showers require a headlamp to be worn, no water leaves the shower rose, instead a 44 gallon drum resides in the corner of the room, opposite an alarmingly large spider Web, ... from which some water of doubtful purity must be scooped to complete the ablutions. All in a day in Africa! Tomorrow we reach Livingstone, and hopefully the family will be there to meet me. ... #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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8 April 2017 Day 87, Stage 60 157km, arrive in camp at 16.15 Lusaka to Soccer Field Camp, Zambia It is Michaels birthday today ... how wonderful that he gets to celebrate in the country of his birth! We get off to an early start and I'm out of camp by 6.20am. We cycle through the old part of Lusaka, and 16km into the ride we are greeted by the lovely Rita and her two helpers handing out bottles of water to all of the riders. What a lovely person ... she gave up her Saturday morning sleep-in to support us! She also gave us some advice regarding the road ahead. After lunch we stopped at a memorial at the roadside, marking the spot that David Livingstone stood when he first saw the Kafue River. The ride after lunch was fast and flattish, and even though we stopped off for ice-cream at Debonairs in Mazabuka, we arrived in camp at 16.15. I receive a message from Tim to say that they had a blowout in the bakkie ... and struggled to get a replacement in Gobabis. It seems that they are not on shedule now, and daren't try make up time at night because the roads are so poor. Tomorrow is our longest distance to date, at 181km #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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7 April 2017 Day 85, Rest Day Chainma Hotel Camp, Lusaka, Zambia Alarm off ... I can sleep late, it's a rest day. So I woke up at 3.30am and stared at my tent ceiling for a very long time before getting up and doing rest day chores! Phil, Rob, Marie and myself share a taxi to the Manda Hill Mall, where we have breakfast at Mugg and Bean. What a luxury! ! Then Marie and I treat our hard-working feet to a pedicure. Zambia has been such a surprise. The rural areas are so backward, poverty-stricken and resources are limited ... whereas Lusaka seems affluent, progressive and there seems to be plentiful abundance. Prices are pretty much on a par with South African prices, which has been a shock for us when we compare these to the countries further north. Then Rita Edwards, a friend of Bev, catches up with me and we chat over a cup of coffee. She has been following some of my blog, and thinks we are wonderful!! She is such a sweetie, she took a half case of wine plus breads and cheeses to our hotel for all the riders... by the time I got back to camp, there were a whole lot of riders tucking into all the goodies ... AND the wine!! What a feast!! Such a lovely thoughtful gesture! She will also be manning a table with water on our route out of town tomorrow. I spoke to Brad, he and Tallis (the expedition director) will be leaving camp at about 6am to start flagging the route ... he says they will stop off at her table and put up a whole lot of flagging tape, so that we don't miss the spot . I managed to get all my washing off the line before we had a thunderstorm this afternoon. Now I am ready for this very long and tough 3 day stretch before we reach Livingstone on Monday. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Great East Hotel

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6 April 2017 Day 84, Stage 59 104km, arrive camp 13.30 Jehova school camp to Great East Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia Almost three months into the expedition now, and we have all becoming very accustomed to eachothers little quirks and eccentricities. We have a history now, and there are in-jokes and we have our own language. It is almost like a big family. We left the camp in high spirits ... we will have a rest day tomorrow! The rollercoaster ride through the mountains slowly started to change, and after lunch the riding became easier. We had our first coke stop about 10km from the city .. at a roadside shack. We were desperate for an ice cold coke, but were prepared to settle for a shelf temperature drink, as we so often did. Imagine our surprise when the vendor produced a cooler box ... with completely frozen coca cola's! The ride into the city was down a long hill with three large roundabouts. At the first roundabout we found a very modern western style mall with a standard bank ATM, A Food Lovers Market with yummy ice cream cones, and a Pick n Pay! The third roundabout had an enormous chicken in the centre! Our rather rundown hotel camping spot, is close to this edifice. When we had set up camp, we shared a taxi ride down to a local mall with many restaurants. Our group of eight could not agree on either Ocean Basket or Rhapsody. .. and when the waitresses saw our dilemna, they agreed that both restaurants would serve us food at whichever table we chose! The food was great from both! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Great East Hotel

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5 April 2017 Day 83, Stage 58 124km, 1730m ascent, arrive in camp at 16.00 Luangwa Bridge Camp to Jehova school, Zambia Out of camp and on the road by 6.20am. The Luangwa river flowed languidly past us as we made our way along and up to the main road. And then the climbing started in ernest. Some riders are natural climbers and enjoy the mountains. Myself and some others, struggle with the climbing. The whole day was pretty much mountain upon mountain at every turn. Apart from some meagre amounts of squashes, great sacks of charcoal are sold along the roadside. I shudder to think how forests are being eradicated by poverty stricken rural folk to eke out a living. I eventually arrived in camp late afternoon in time to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Tomorrow we reach Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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4 April 2017 Day 82, Stage 57 171km, arrive camp at 16.40 Petauke to Luangwa bridge camp, Zambia We reached the 7000km mark today, but we are all too tired to care. It was a day of high mileage, 1450m climbing and beautiful scenery. Many people only rode half day today because of the tough day yesterday. I am experimenting with different foods to eat on the bike ... fresh fruit, crisps and biscuits. PVM bars are becoming too predictably sweet. The camp is set on the Luangwa river, which acts as a natural border between Zambia and Mozambique. The river bridge is beautiful, but we are not allowed to photograph it. I am not keen to argue with 2 burly men with AK47'S! Another tough day tomorrow with 1720m of climbing. Tim, Matthew and Andrew left Cape Town this morning, heading for Livingstone in Zambia, where I shall meet them on Monday. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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1 April 2017 Day 79, Rest Day Mubaya Camp, Lilongwe, Malawi I make the most of having a lie in, before getting up at 6.00am, handing my washing in for laundering and then having a health breakfast in the restaurant. A few of us go into town and there we find a Shoprite with absolutely everything in it, just like home. I become a crazy woman. .. buying ultramel custard, chocolates, crisps, cheese, oranges, yoghurt. ... and .. a block of butter. Real butter! I haven't seen or had butter for two and a half months now. Now I have a storage dilemna. .. Afterwards, we go with Paul and Wendy to find a geocache near the world war one and two monument to Malawians killed in the wars. The geocache may have been muggled (stolen or destroyed) ... or perhaps it was too well hidden. I later spend an hour or two trying, unsuccessfully, to attach a rear view mirror to my handlebars. I have about as much luck with a new kickstand that I have bought. And then the rain came down again ... my laundry is drenched!! And we have a very tough 5 days riding ahead of us! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Lilongwe, Malawi

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31 March 2017 Day 78, Stage 54 130km, arrive in camp at 15.30 Kusungu to Lilongwe, Malawi I wake up to find that I have pitched my tent under a heron's nest. My entire tent has been whitewashed overnight! The ride to lunch is tedious with long slow ascents straight into a headwind. I leave lunch with Brad, the sweep, while seven riders jump onto the truck. We ride 20km and then stop for a coke and hand cut potato chips, fried at the roadside. I offered Brad some fried flying ants and delicious dried worms, but he declined most ungraciously!! 20km before Lilongwe we pass the airport, and then all the memories of my trip to Malawi 30 years ago, come flooding back. As we approach the city, the roads seem to deteriorate exponentially. We decend into the city down a long straight road into a dip and then start climbing a hill on the other side. It is quite an exciting ride onto town on a Friday afternoon at months end. Some of the traffic is heavy and we slip down the side of the queues, congratulating our good fortune at not being frustrated motorists during rush hour. Lilongwe is very westernised, with many of our chain stores from South Africa. The city is very green with rich red soil, and mielie fields can be seen on some streets! As we approach in camp, we have a downpour of rain and we arrive soaking wet. I wait fo r the rain to subside before putting up the tent ... but NOT before looking up!!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Lilongwe, Malawi

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28 March 2017 Day 75, Stage 51 136km, arrive camp 17.30 Goodbye to Chitimba beach ... place of thunder and lightning ... and clouds of Lake Flies! We start to head inland towards the escarpment. This requires 1650m of climbing up and through emerald green mountains. It rains on and off throughout the day. One coke stop is at a Total Garage. Marie assures me that she has fallen into paradise! The Total shop is full of South African goodies ... Simba chips ... chocolate bars ... kellogs corn flakes ... and she finds biscuits with her name ... Marie Biscuits! Gurpaul has started riding again ... but at 105km he takes the truck. It's me, Marie and Max at the back ... Max reports that supper has been moved to 17.00 from 18.00 ... We are going to miss supper and rider meeting!! We start riding faster and at 125 km The town of Mzuzu comes into view .... faster faster ... Max and Marie stop for ice cream in town ... I carry on ... Tallis has kept me a plate of Boerewors and mash ... bliss ... 20 minutes to sunset! The TDA elves spring into action! Andje, Judith and Rob sort my bike out, find me a seat, and ensure that I get fed. Paul and Nelson help me to set up my tent. Anmei and Errin build my camp bed. I am so grateful! There is a warm shower ... and I am soon in bed. Tomorrow is 1850m of climbing!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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27 March 2017 Day 74, Rest day Chitimba Beach, Malawi I have been very careful to make sure that I rest today. Tomorrow brings a whole lot of mountains again. I have bought a hand-carved Bau (sp?) set from the local wood carvers and we have learned to play the 'girls' version of the game. I prefer to call it the basic version. To my knowledge Bau is played in Malawi and some parts of Tanzania. A family of brothers has arrived at the resort ... they are cycling from Cape Town to Kilimanjaro. We exchange riding knowledge of the areas that we have traversed. Good Night. .. I must have an early night ... Riders meeting at 5.45 am, and breakfast at 6.00am. The time zone has changed again!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Lake Malawi Chitimba Camp Site

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26 March 2017 Day 73, Rest Day Chitimba Beach, Malawi I desperately need to rest ... so my dirty laundry gets despatched to Grace, the laundry lady. I sit on a beach couch ... looking out at the lake .... and work on catching up on my reports. At 10.30 ... my hunger cannot wait for our resort kitchen to open for lunch at 11.30, so Marie and I wander down the beach to the Hakuna Matata beach resort, where we eat a fine meal of Lake fish and chips. We chat to the owner, Willie, who is an ex- South African. .. and he explains some of the history and politics of Malawi. It seems Malawi has not avoided the curse of African politics (corruption). Will Africa ever rise up and overcome this scourge? Marco, is a German who has lived in Mozambique for 20 years and left 3 years ago because of political trouble in that country. He now resides in Malawi with his new Malawian bride and their 2 small children. He has many wonderful stories to tell, and we laugh and laugh. In the evening all the riders congregate around the truck, where Rupert et al have organised a vicious brew of punch and many equally evil concoctions, such as 'springbokkies', to start a party. I run for the hills and hide in my tent. .. lucky escape!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Lake Malawi Chitimba Camp Site

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25 March 2017 Day 72, Stage 50 91km, arrive camp at 16.00 Karonga to Chitimba Beach, Malawi So far,my experiences have not yet included packing up all my gear, and the tent, in the pouring rain. Today changed all that, and I am proud to say that it was a simple unflustered affair. The ride to Chitimba beach is mostly flat with varying quality of tar road. As always, there are many children, often very young, lining the road edges ... walking to and fro. Unfortunately we pass an accident site, where a car has left the road, and two small bodies lie motionless in the long grass. Africa is harsh and cruel ... age expectancy is apparently about 59. The ride is long and tedious even though our mileage is relatively low. It seems that many riders are experiencing similar. The seven day section has really taken its toll. On reaching camp, on Lake Malawi again, we lay out our tents to dry and then immediately set to organising our costumes for the evening fancy dress competition. I will not be swimming in the lake ... Alleged croc sightings are coming in thick and fast! Marie and I win the 'most creative' category of the competition ... we enter as Tsetse flies 😆 An early night for me ... must rest! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Lake Malawi Chitimba Camp Site

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23 March 2017 Day 70, Rest Day Mbeya Hotel Camp Ground, Mbeya, Tanzania What bliss it is to roll over and pull the sleeping bag over my head when I hear the call to prayer from the local mosque. I can safely get an extra hour or two of much needed sleep today. I spend much of the morning and part of the afternoon 'loving' my bike. I change tyres to the slicker road set. Mud guard removed, bar tape patched, scratches and scrapes sealed, tube punctures repaired, shoe insoles replaced. Leo the mechanic checks my brake pads, adjusts my front gears, and promises to 'true' my front wheel later. The Princess is now clean and ready for action tomorrow. I walk down to the shopping district and explore the local shops. There are a lot of South African products on the food shelves, though the variety is limited. Good cheese still remains a rarity. But, Cadbury's chocolate is available, at double the South African price. During supper in the hotel restaurant, two locals seat themselves at my table. They share some interesting insights into the area and the gold mining, including the history of the strong South African presence in the area. I eventually manage to settle down to sleep after midnight, once the hotel kitchen and bar are closed. Sleeping in silence has NOT been a feature of this expedition! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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22 March 2017 Day 69, Stage 48 110km, arrive camp at 18.30 Makongolisi to Mbeya, Tanzania We leave camp 7.00 am and grind our way through 37km of of very rough and rutted, steep undulations leading to Chenya Town, which services the local formal and artisinal gold mines. We see large numbers of big trucks, as well as local miners with metal detectors and hand tools over their shoulders. Apparently there is a big South African presence in this area. At Chenya road conditions improve and we are delighted to encounter a pristine, neatly marked tar road with a decent shoulder. We face a dastardly headwind till lunch, and sit down gratefully to devour vast quantities of food at our truck. I am the only rider present that wishes to continue, and the crew caution me about the advisability of continuing with limited time and very steep ascents still to come. I press on with Dr Helen, as sweep, in tow. We climb for 40km, high up into the clouds, along the spiny ridge of mountains leading to Mbeya. The crew are in constant contact, and I hear them discussing the futility of my quest to finish. I ignore all suggestions to quit. Eventually we see a sign indicating that we had reached the highest point of any trunk road in Tanzania. Success!!! We have reached the top! BUT, there is still a 20km descent into Mbeya, and not much time before nightfall. Can we make it to camp before the expedition leader terminates the ride at sunset? We make it! With 20 minutes to spare!!! I still have my EFI 😊 #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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21 March 2017 Day 68, Stage 47 128km, arrive in camp at 18.05 Biti Manyanga to Makongolosi School camp, Tanzania This is our last full day of off-road riding for this section ... and what a day it proves to be, with mud and deep sand for 69km. It is another landmark day with lots of falls and frayed tempers. At 58km we arrive at the 5593km mark which is halfway for the planned 11186km route for our expedition. Nobody is excited! After lunch the road conditions improve slightly, and Gurpaul, myself and Max head off for the last push. I leave the two of them at a coke stop to finish a game of chess, while I cycle tiredly onwards. I hear a bus thundering down the hill towards me and I immediately swerve off the road to allow more space for it to pass, because of potholes etc. I hit a sand patch and fall down right in the path of the bus! Aaaargh!!! Neither Gurpaul nor Max pass me, and I am surprised to see Tallis, the expedition leader, roaring past me in the landrover, about 12km from camp. Gurpaul had gone over his handlebars and he is a mess of abrasions from top to toe! During rider meeting two riders dash off to rescue a wash line with bra and cycling shorts from between the soccer posts, as a game is about to begin!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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18 March 2017 Day 65, Stage 44 133km, arrive in camp at 16.45 Singida Motel, Singida, to Game Post #1, Tanzania We have a new start schedule to take advantage of the earlier sunrise. 6.15am is coffee and 6.30am is breakfast, which means we will be cycling out of camp at 6.45am. The ride to the lunch truck at 78km was a delight with ever diminishing hills and boulder gardens stretching out to the horizon. I had my third puncture of the whole expedition, caused by the tiniest scrap of razor-sharp wire from a truck-tyre blowout. Interesting to note that the locals are selling litres and litres of honey at the roadside. We had not seen a single hive, but soon discovered that the logs that we had seen hanging from tree branches were in fact hives! After lunch we continued for another 10km before turning off the tar onto dirt road. What a relief to have a quiet , traffic-free road to complete the route to camp. Camp is in a large clearing in front of a house just off the road. One drop toilet and no showers. We are all in good spirits! Erroll has cooked a meat free dinner! While we sit eating our meal, an enterprising local woman arrives selling juicy looking bits of chicken at one dollar a piece. Big mistake ... it is as tough as old tackie!!! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee

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16 March 2017 Day 63,Stage 42 172km, arrive in camp at 17.30 Arusha to Babati, Tanzania We have a new sectional rider,our fourth 'Peter' ... 'Four Petes sake' He asked me to escort him out of town because three years ago he was doing the full expedition and was hit by a truck just outside of Arusha. He has returned to complete the tour. In the centre of town is a clock tower which is the centre point between Cairo and Cape Town for all overlanders. The cloud cover is too low again, and I have missed my last opportunity to see Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. I have however seen Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Africa ... this can also be seen from Arusha. The first 157km of the days ride was mostly gentle undulating landscape, which made for pleasurable riding ... The final 15km included a very strong headwind and an unrelenting steep climb up into the mountains. It was a miserable end to an otherwise perfect day. We have passed the 5000km mark today, hard to believe! ! We are staying at a very rough and ready camp site adjacent to a converted old house. I have pitched my tent in the barn in anticipation of rain. I had a wonderful hot shower! 😊 Tomorrow is another long day. #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Babati

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15 March 2017 Day 62, Rest day Masai Camp, Arusha, Tanzania Today has been a day of preparation as we start a particularly tough seven day stretch tomorrow, including a large amount of off-road riding. The Princess is clean with a new chain and various small mechanical problems sorted out. All bags repacked, and ready. Three sectional riders have left us to return home. Sandy from the UK donated his sleeping bag to me before he left, after hearing about my cold night calamities. Phil's tent poles have now completely collapsed and he will be using the spare tent left by Andy until such time as he can organise a new set of poles. I have been watching with interest, as Phil and I have the same tents. This evening I joined Michael, Greg, Muzz, and Phil for supper at the Kilimanjaro Spur. I was planning to have the spare ribs and buffalo wings. Alas the Spur brand seems to have been somewhat lost in translation here in Tanzania ... no ribs available and the food was dry and disappointing. The highlight of the evening was the taxi ride to and from the restaurant. Five of us bundling into over-full minibus taxis to the mirth and amazement of the passengers. Clearly Mzungus are not regulars! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Masai Camp

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14 March 2017 Day 61, 3rd safari day Ngoro Ngoro Crater to Arusha, Tanzania Tents packed up and ready to go by 6.30am. Evidence of animals in camp, and at my tent and, yes you guessed, tent packing was rather difficult! Great news, Emanuelle has fixed the baffles on our LandCruiser exhaust ... reducing our sound output to a gentle roar. And so we make our steep descent into the crater as the sun ascends above the crater rim. The slopes are covered with pristine indigenous forest and the crater floor with a green carpet, dotted with a fairy wonderland of small white paper flowers. There is a small lake with hundreds of pink flamingos, and the rest of the landscape is a smorgasbord of different animals, visible for many kilometres. We visit the hippo pool, which turns our to be more slumbering hippos than actual pool! And then ... disaster ... our transmission starts to leak oil and then the clutch malfunctions, causing gear changes to be a problem. We hobble around the basin floor, watching 5 hyenas try to single out one of four baby warthogs from beneath the watchful eyes of its parents. We see a Kory Bustard male exhibit full display of feathers, for a disinterested female, which is quite a rare sight. And every time we stop, we need to be push-started by one of the accompanying vehicles. Eventually, we tell the driver to continue driving past animals including lions, in order to simplify our predicament. This results in our group being the only ones not to tick off the Big Five ... we are unable to see a rhino. It is painfully obvious that our vehicle is incapable of making the steep ascent out of the crater, and so our eight riders are dispersed among the other vehicles. After a 3 hour drive we arrive in Arusha, in time to set up camp ... pending a rest day. We need it ... safaris are hard work! #travelafrica #tdaglobalcycling #tdacycling #Cycling #tourdafrique  #africacycling #africatour #volunteerwildfireservices #givengain #southafricanurse #capetownnurse #nurseonabike #woundnet #advancedwoundcare #whasa #ninjaquip #smi #lmi #gregwalpole #businesscoach #davidmercer #body20 #personalbest #ianwaddell #beyondperformance #devoncoetzee at Arusha, Tanzania

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