29 January: getting to Khartoum

Andy is back in touch, air time charged, on the net.

He’s checked into The Grand, in Khartoum, room is comfortable, air con works…with the rest of today and tomorrow to rest. The way he was feeling this afternoon he said that he couldn’t think of anything that would attract him out of his room tomorrow…but that could change. Last night he was wrapped up in his tent by 19.00 and slept through the night.

His report on the tent is that he’s got it sorted. All the bits and pieces he needs are in one bag and he’s got a routine for putting it up and taking it down. Amazing what practice can do..

They’ve had three days riding 140-150 kms: it’s been hot, over 30 C in the afternoons; and the landscape has been harsh.

camel crossing

Andy talked about how big and modern Khartoum looks after cycling 500 kms across the desert, seeing only occasional shacks. Then they rode across the Nile bridge, straight into downtown skyscrapers.

Sudan tea room
Sudan tea room

The ride usually enters and leaves big towns and cities in convoy. It’s safer and no-one gets lost. The last 20 kms into Khartoum today was ridden in convoy. The convoy rule is that slower riders go at the front to set the pace but this afternoon the faster riders got to the front…so although the day’s ride was only 87 kms the last 20 kms in the heat of the afternoon were a bit trying.

As can you see from the program below three riders are leaving the ride at Khartoum. Chris has been one of Andy’s ‘four musketeers’ who have been hanging in together.

Day 21program
Day 21 program

3 thoughts on “29 January: getting to Khartoum

  1. Hi Andy (and Maureen) – had supper & drinks with Beckers (on his way to NZ for his daughters wedding) – he sends greeting to both of you and will now be one of your followers. Keep up the great work (I think Mike Edy will be too intimidated by what you are doing to worry you for the plane ticket to Cape town any more!!)


  2. Hi there Andy ,
    Perserverence is the name of the Game ,, and so much more to see of course. Hope the Ellsworthy has stopped groaning???? Keep at it and smell the “must be Roses”


  3. Hi Andy,
    We have been watching your efforts and cycle adventure with interest and a great deal of admiration.I can see that tenacious bulldog mentality of yours has not diminshed over the years.This must be the toughest boot camp I have ever seen.I had breakfast with Rod and Gordon and your escapades kept us well entertained. They both think you’re nuts to tackle this tour.
    Keep up the great effort and I know you know how to vasbyt.
    Kind regards,
    Gary and Brenda .


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