Cycling Africa to Europe

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby RickH » 5 Oct 2018, 3:27pm

Helen Lloyd's book Desert Snow would give you a flavour of the west coast route (albeit she was travelling South).

Mark Beaumont's "Africa Solo" - his account of his record setting ride from Cairo to Cape Town (somewhat quicker than Helen's ride) - would give you some idea of things on the East.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby MrsHJ » 5 Oct 2018, 5:36pm

I'd love to cycle through Zimbabwe following my recent trip there (although clearly not consistent with your plan to cycle the west coast). What's your outline route countries wise?

I had a recent warm showers guest who is heading down the east coast once she's finished south east Europe. She's having the debate about what links there are in the Middle East to get her to Egypt so I can see the attraction of doing the western side at present and the ferry to southern Spain.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby pq » 5 Oct 2018, 8:03pm

Look up Peter Gostelow, he's done a lot in Africa.
One link to your website is enough. G

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Heating » 9 Oct 2018, 12:05pm

MrsHJ wrote:I'd love to cycle through Zimbabwe following my recent trip there (although clearly not consistent with your plan to cycle the west coast). What's your outline route countries wise?

I had a recent warm showers guest who is heading down the east coast once she's finished south east Europe. She's having the debate about what links there are in the Middle East to get her to Egypt so I can see the attraction of doing the western side at present and the ferry to southern Spain.

I'm planning on cycling all along the west coast of Africa, ending in Morrocco, crossing in Gibraltar to Spain. From there all the way to the UK. My return trip would be all long the east coast of Africa. I would love to cycle through Zimbabwe to see the ruins of the great Zimbabwe. ( Possibly, according to recent research, The Mines of King Solomon.)

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby al_yrpal » 9 Oct 2018, 12:41pm

Definitely read Rians book that I referred to upthread before you do that . This isnt an easy option.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Kapalasa » 10 Oct 2018, 6:49pm

I have duel citizenship/passports ie British and South African. As I understand it you are not allowed 3 different passports. When traveling in Africa, I use my SA passport, just about anywhere else I use my British one. Right now I’m in Argentina, part way through a bicycle tour from Rio de Janeiro to Canada, and will use my British passport the whole way. I have my SA passport with me, as I have to use that when I return to SA.
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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Heating » 15 Oct 2018, 3:20pm

Kapalasa wrote:I have duel citizenship/passports ie British and South African. As I understand it you are not allowed 3 different passports. When traveling in Africa, I use my SA passport, just about anywhere else I use my British one. Right now I’m in Argentina, part way through a bicycle tour from Rio de Janeiro to Canada, and will use my British passport the whole way. I have my SA passport with me, as I have to use that when I return to SA.
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Wow!!!! Good to hear you in my birth country!! How long did you plan this tour for? And what is the rest of your trip planned? Are you cycling alone or do you have someone with you? I plan to cycle alone, but surely wont be lonely, lol.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Kapalasa » 15 Oct 2018, 10:18pm

I guess I thought about it for about a year. I have no problem traveling alone, as you always make friends as you go. I should cross the border into Bolivia this week, then basically continue north till I reach Canada :D

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Heating » 18 Oct 2018, 11:58am

Kapalasa wrote:I guess I thought about it for about a year. I have no problem traveling alone, as you always make friends as you go. I should cross the border into Bolivia this week, then basically continue north till I reach Canada :D

Wow!! Feeling envious but have my cycle tour to look forward to. You really an inspiration! Are you planning to visit Salar de Uyuni? If not, do try and pass by. Enjoy your travels and do keep us updated.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Kapalasa » 19 Oct 2018, 11:45pm

Heating wrote:
Kapalasa wrote:I guess I thought about it for about a year. I have no problem traveling alone, as you always make friends as you go. I should cross the border into Bolivia this week, then basically continue north till I reach Canada :D

Wow!! Feeling envious but have my cycle tour to look forward to. You really an inspiration! Are you planning to visit Salar de Uyuni? If not, do try and pass by. Enjoy your travels and do keep us updated.


Thanks, and yes I’m planning on visiting Salar de Uyuni. I’ll try post on here a few times in the next year, but feel free to follow my blog teampieusa.wordpress.com or Instagram teampietours Good luck with your planning and eventual trip

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Heating » 23 Oct 2018, 3:14pm

al_yrpal wrote:I suggest you read this book. That way you will avoid a lot of problems…

https://wordery.com/around-africa-on-my ... ZHEALw_wcB

Al

Thank you so much. I will be purchasing the book shortly.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby matt2matt2002 » 23 Oct 2018, 6:30pm

Ethiopia was fun.
Honest.
I was there earlier in the year for 4/5 weeks.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... 20467&v=T2
2014 Scottish End2End 1 month
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On a Thorn Raven/Rohloff hub.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Heating » 29 Oct 2018, 11:44am

matt2matt2002 wrote:Ethiopia was fun.
Honest.
I was there earlier in the year for 4/5 weeks.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... 20467&v=T2

Oh really? Do give more info please.

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby Warin61 » 29 Oct 2018, 10:59pm

Heating wrote:
matt2matt2002 wrote:Ethiopia was fun.
Honest.
I was there earlier in the year for 4/5 weeks.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... 20467&v=T2

Oh really? Do give more info please.


More info :?: You have read all 32 pages from the link?

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Re: Cycling Africa to Europe

Postby simonhill » 30 Oct 2018, 12:06am

Here is something I read recently on the BBC website about the difficulties for Africans travelling in Africa.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45677447