• The Home Stretch!
    2014-04-28T16:00:00.000Z
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    After almost 3 1/2 months on the road, the end is finally in sight. We don't want to think too much about it, cause we still have a lot of miles to cover before we get to Cape Town. But we can at least imagine that there will be a day in the not so distant future when we will wake up in a real bed and do something other than ride a bike all day.
     
    I said goodbye...
  • The Elephant Highway
    2014-04-24T16:00:00.000Z
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    Friends from Princeton, Robert and Sue Hrabchak, joined us in Victoria Falls and road with us to Windhoek which made the long days more bearable. Our crossing from Zambia into Botswana was one of the more novel experiencing of the trip. We exited Zambia on the edge of the Zambezi, boarded a ferry, crossed the river and entered Botswana on the other side. At one point in the river crossing we were "touching" four countries at the same tim: Zambia, Zimbabwe,...
  • Malawi Gin
    2014-04-10T16:00:00.000Z
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    The 5th section of the tour is called "Malawi Gin" and I was a few days into this section before realizing that it is named for one of Malawi's most famous home brewed spirits--Malawi Gin. The gin is made from the juniper tree and (I am told) is distinctly different in taste from other brands of gin and makes a mean gin and tonic. Two other interesting things to note about drinks in Malawi--there are no diet drinks of any...
  • Zambezi Zone
    2014-04-10T16:00:00.000Z
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    My mother and I road all 1218k of the Zambezi Zone, from Lilongwe to Victoria Falls, together. Even though we rode on tarmac practically the entire way, the days were long and hot and filled with hill after hill after hill. The border crossing from Malawi to Zambia on the first day was particularly exciting as we crossed at the same time as a huge bus full of overlanders--pretty much doing the same thing we were doing but in a...
  • Riding in the Rainy Season
    2014-04-07T17:33:43.242Z
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    When people think of Africa they think of deserts and droughts. While that was certainly true in northern Africa, as we bike south we've encountered a beast of an entirely different nature: the rainy season. Through Tanzania and Malawi there wasn't a single day when we didn't get rained on at some point, whether it was torrential downpours or isolated showers. Here are some of my favorite and mostmemorable experiences from riding through the Rains:
     
    1) Floating Tents 
     
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  • Monitoring Sustainable Living: CI in Tanzania
    2014-03-24T23:00:00.000Z
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    Last week we entered our fourth country of the tour, Tanzania. I've loved each country we've been through, but I also love the feeling of leaving one place and entering a new place. And Tanzania is definitely a great country to enter.
     
    Not only is Tanzania home to some of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen so far, but it's also at the heart of one of Conservation International’s most important programs: Vital Signs. As I mentioned back in...
  • Meeting Dr. Mwangi in Kenya
    2014-03-10T23:00:00.000Z
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    Yesterday on my rest day in Nairobi I was able to meet Dr. Albert Mwangi, the new Senior Vice President for Conservation International’s Africa and Madagascar Field Program. We spoke for a few hours at a lovely coffee shop about the most pressing conservation issues in Kenya and the work CI does around Africa. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Mwangi, because he's extremely passionate about what he does and was very willing to tell me...
  • Another Country: Kenya
    2014-03-01T00:00:00.000Z
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         After spending a month in Ethiopia, we were ready to move on. Unlike our crossing from Sudan into Ethiopia, the change as we moved from Ethiopia into Kenya was much more gradual. As we descended out of the highlands of Ethiopia, the landscape slowly changed from hilly jungles to flat desert. The biggest change was actually the soil. As we approached Kenya it changed to a deep red color, made apparent by the massive termite mounds that rose high...
  • Ethiopian Experiences
    2014-02-28T00:00:00.000Z
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         As I write this I'm sitting in the border town of Moyale. Since Kenya is just meters away, I figure now is as good a time as any to write up the best and the worst of my 31 days in Ethiopia. All in all, Ethiopia is a great country and I had a wonderful time here--there were some trying times for sure, but there were also some lovely experiences. Here is a compilation of some of the most...
  • Vital Signs and CI in Ethiopia
    2014-02-14T01:15:32.125Z
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    Ethiopia is a land of farmers. As we bike through Ethiopia we've seen a LOT of small villages and thousands of Ethiopian farmers. Even the kids are in the fields working (although they all come sprinting to the roads when the "farangi" or "white people" come biking by). Around 81 percent of the population works in agriculture, and agriculture accounts for nearly 42% of GDP, as well as about 85% of exports (including their globally famous coffee). Yet Ethiopia is...
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