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by MartinP
17 Oct 2020, 8:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Haha, love it...actually I agree with the guy, the women in Ethiopia are beautiful.
Thorn Nomad with Rohloff my steed
by MartinP
13 Oct 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Yes, you are right to question my broad claims and about poorly defined geographical locations, so permit me to qualify what I said a little more accurately. But more importantly please be reminded that my views are purely based on what I experienced 'on the ground'. I only go by first hand experien...
by MartinP
12 Oct 2020, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

I agree. Ethiopia is an amazing country and a highlight of my Cairo to Cape town trip. The people are generally friendly and welcoming and enduring the odd stone-throwing kid is a just a negative to put up with. It occurs in 2 or 3 areas only, the northern region is free of the problem and as I said...
by MartinP
11 Oct 2020, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Exactly, the most important strategy is to develop a positive mental attitude - don't let the little [rude word removed] grind you down!! On the other hand I do like the idea of the AK47... or maybe the M16 is more recognizable...!!! Seriously though don't let the odd idiot stone thrower put you off...
by MartinP
11 Oct 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

My strategies to cope with stone throwing? Nothing original- I would try and engage the youngsters with friendly waves, hellos/ sounding my 'funny' air horn. If a stone is picked up or I see stones in their hands I would point and indicate to drop them / shake my finger. Sometimes an angry shout wor...
by MartinP
11 Oct 2020, 8:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

On that basis I would recommend you DON'T go to Ethiopia! There was a case of a French cyclist chasing a stone throwing youth back to his home in order to remonstrate with his parents... on his way out he was stabbed in the back. Not fatally but sufficient to terminate his tour. I have cycled twice ...
by MartinP
30 Sep 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Hi Andy, The east coast WhatsApp group was really helpful while I was on the road. Yes, Great resource. Yes I got the Ethiopian visa in Khartoum at the embassy. Quite straightforward. There are checkpoints every 50km or so along the Nile road. They stop you there and you have to wait until a police ...
by MartinP
30 Sep 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

My friend on Instagram is Rawcandyrides
by MartinP
30 Sep 2020, 7:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Where are you from? Are you Male/ female? Vintage? Excuse me for asking / just curious.
by MartinP
30 Sep 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Hi Sanfaiyanne, Nigeria def a problem, plus the Congos. Some short plane hops required. A friend of mine cycled earlier this year up from Cape town to Cameroon before Covid hit. I met her touring in Italy 2 weeks ago. Reading some of the other responses I would say that if you are seeking REAL adven...
by MartinP
30 Sep 2020, 7:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 79
Views: 2985

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Hi, sure it's possible. I flew back from Windhoek end of March having cycled south from Cairo. Nile valley is fine, more so if you are Male! You will have a police truck follow you/ escorted for most of Egypt but easy to ignore them. Ethiopia was challenging in parts because of the hostile nature of...
by MartinP
5 May 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia

Pleased the route was OK for you. It's a lovely part of the world. Safe journey.
by MartinP
22 Apr 2019, 8:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia

The route was gentle on the limbs with only a few steeper sections.
by MartinP
22 Apr 2019, 8:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia

No, I cycled along the SP 35 to Busalla etc. Depends if you want steep mountain passes, I just wanted to get to Venice quickest and easiest way.
by MartinP
21 Apr 2019, 5:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia

I have cycled south to Imperia via this route twice. It's a fast busy road in sections with long unfriendly tunnels etc. Coming down is not so bad because of the momentum but I have never fancied climbing it. It's also quite steep in sections needless to say! IMHO I would carry along the coast to Ge...