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Malawi

As soon as I crossed the border there was a perfect new tarmac road, virtually no vehicles, but many people walking between villages. I had been riding all day so stopped in the town of Karonga, and found a great place to stay by Lake Malawi. The following morning I woke at 5am and walked down to the beach, the sun was rising over the mountains across the lake in...

Tanzania

Riding out of Rwanda was like being in England, perfect roads and well kept verges. The border crossing was easy, under an hour to leave Rwanda and enter Tanzania. The comparison to England ended at the exit gate. The 70 mile ride was a combination of the odd bit of reasonable tarmac, mostly potholed, red dirt and stones! The majority of the journey was dry, with...

Rwanda

I took the remote western border from Uganda into Rwanda, high up in the mountains. For the first time in a while I was riding in heavy rain. The border crossing took about an hour, I was soaking wet! Shortly after I stopped for a coffee and waited for the rain to stop, it didn’t! It did subside after an hour, so I decided to head south to Kigali, the capital city...

Uganda

I crossed the border from Kenya and rode 50 miles to the city of Igana. People were staring at me much more, I speculated that Kenya had far more ‘Mzungus’ visiting that Uganda. I found a place to watch West Ham beat Man Utd, a perfect start to my travels in the country. I’m not sure the many Ugandan Man Utd fans agreed as I shouted with joy whenever we scored! I...

Bilharzia (tropical disease)

I arrived in Kampala feeling very unwell. My muscles were aching, I had back ache and felt unwell and rundown, with little energy. It was midday when I checked into a hostel and went straight to bed. Martha, a Ugandan woman I met in Khartoum suggested we meet when I arrived in Kampala, so she came over in the evening. After a conversation about my health she...

Kenya

I arrived in Kenya having had stomach ache for the previous 4 or 5 days, so put my trust in Jamleck, a pharmacist. He prescribed a colourful mixture of tablets, then tried to sell me a SIM card and changed my money. In England he would be described as a ‘Jack of all Trades’! Over the following days the road south was good, and for most of the time just me, the...

Ethiopia

It took me 3 hours riding along a really bad road to get to the border, there were massive pot holes everywhere, many so big they stretched across the whole road. Once I arrived at the border getting out of Sudan was easy, and only took an hour. Entering Ethiopia was even quicker. At 11.15 a guard raised the rust pole that stretched across the road and I was in...

Muday Charity Association

One Cool Ride combines my love of overland travel and Cool to be Kind, the organisation I’m a co-founder of, which supports Homeless people. Muday Charity, is located just outside Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. It was founded by Muday Mitiku in 1999 and supports over 600 vulnerable children, with education, 3 meals a day and clothing. There is an...