#tandemafrica

#tbt the lovely letter that we found stuck to our door the day before setting off from St Andrews. Hope the inhabitants of flat 3 have enjoyed following the journey of “the tandem bike guys”! 🚲 🚲 #bikewander #biketour #travelworld #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #africaadventure #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #standrews #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
#tbt the lovely letter that we found stuck to our door the day before setting off from St Andrews. Hope the inhabitants of flat 3 have enjoyed following the journey of “the tandem bike guys”! 🚲 🚲 
#bikewander #biketour #travelworld #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #africaadventure #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #standrews #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
From the North Pole to Southern Kenya - Merry Christmas from Santa and Rudolph! Alex didn’t put enough suncream on his nose so he had to pull the ‘sleigh’. 🎅 🦌 Seeing lions and elephants on Christmas Day was a huge highlight, before being treated to a Christmas dinner complete with brandy butter and bread sauce by Iain and co. #tistheseason 🐘 🎄 #christmas #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #holidaysarecoming #late #kenya #whitechristmas #bikewander #bikewander #biketour #travelworld #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #africaadventure #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
From the North Pole to Southern Kenya - Merry Christmas from Santa and Rudolph! Alex didn’t put enough suncream on his nose so he had to pull the ‘sleigh’. 🎅 🦌 
Seeing lions and elephants on Christmas Day was a huge highlight, before being treated to a Christmas dinner complete with brandy butter and bread sauce by Iain and co. #tistheseason
🐘 🎄 
#christmas #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #holidaysarecoming #late #kenya #whitechristmas #bikewander #bikewander #biketour #travelworld #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #africaadventure #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
You need a bit of balance riding a tandem but not as much as these guys! An amazing ensemble of acrobats and jugglers at @fekatcircus in Awassa. 🎪 We were taught a bit of dangling by these kids - they are very enthusiastic and helpful teachers, unfortunately our performance doesn’t do them justice! 🤹‍♂️ 🎭 #circus #trapeze #tricks #spinning #jumping #dangling #throwing #juggling #falling #laughing #circuslife #hawassa #aerialarts #circusfun #circuseverydamnday #ropeburn #circusinspiration #ethiopia #lakeside #wanderlust #bikewander #biketour #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
You need a bit of balance riding a tandem but not as much as these guys! An amazing ensemble of acrobats and jugglers at @fekatcircus in Awassa. 🎪 
We were taught a bit of dangling by these kids - they are very enthusiastic and helpful teachers, unfortunately our performance doesn’t do them justice! 🤹‍♂️ 🎭 
#circus #trapeze #tricks #spinning #jumping #dangling #throwing #juggling #falling #laughing #circuslife #hawassa #aerialarts #circusfun #circuseverydamnday #ropeburn #circusinspiration #ethiopia #lakeside #wanderlust #bikewander #biketour #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Neither of us are experts in this area so forgive us for chiming in... 🚺 BUT a huge shout out to the Ethiopian women. They work bloody hard. Bent double hiking up from boreholes with water barrels (yes barrels) tied onto their backs with ropes. Or carrying a monumental load of firewood and other supplies for the family home, with toddlers invariably in tow if not a baby too. I think they more than hold this country together. 🇪🇹 The rural men meanwhile fulfil the role of sitting around on some pasture directing a few cows or riding their donkey and cart along the road. Okay maybe we aren’t getting the full picture from upon our saddles, but a similar case is seen around the world: 🌍 Think about the #genderpaygap in the UK or consider that WORLDWIDE only 23% of “parliamentarians” are women. ▪️ Young girls are denied access to education or school, can be trafficked and end up victim to gender based violence more than men. ▪️ In 32 countries women need their husbands permission to apply for a passport... sounds rough? Try the 29 countries that practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), affecting 125 million girls and young women. ▪️ Complex issues. Almost two-thirds of BLINDNESS is found in women! Why? Living longer yes, but also other factors such as access to cataract surgery, which in Africa and Asia is nearly half that of men. ▪️ Seems like women around the world are second class citizens. ▪️ On a positive note, the new and progressive Ethiopian Prime-minister made half his cabinet women this year. Good move. 🌍 🌎 🧠 MAYBE the world subconscious puts “female” as something that is there for taking or exploiting. From mother cows separated from their young to machine pump us a hormone fuelled supply of milk and cheese; the 600bn eggs female hens lay for us every year; to the tons of finite natural resources we pillage from Mother Earth: does this normalised exploitation of “female” polute our perception of and behaviour towards women? 🚺🎓💪 #womensrights #empoweringwomen #feminism #girlpower #gaia #vote100 #motherearth #tandemafrica #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #travelworld #africaadventure @chimamanda_adichie @HilaryClinton @womenintheworld
Neither of us are experts in this area so forgive us for chiming in...
🚺
BUT a huge shout out to the Ethiopian women. They work bloody hard. Bent double hiking up from boreholes with water barrels (yes barrels) tied onto their backs with ropes. Or carrying a monumental load of firewood and other supplies for the family home, with toddlers invariably in tow if not a baby too. I think they more than hold this country together. 🇪🇹 The rural men meanwhile fulfil the role of sitting around on some pasture directing a few cows or riding their donkey and cart along the road. Okay maybe we aren’t getting the full picture from upon our saddles, but a similar case is seen around the world:
🌍 
Think about the #genderpaygap in the UK or consider that WORLDWIDE only 23% of “parliamentarians” are women. ▪️
Young girls are denied access to education or school, can be trafficked and end up victim to gender based violence more than men.
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In 32 countries women need their husbands permission to apply for a passport... sounds rough? Try the 29 countries that practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), affecting 125 million girls and young women. ▪️
Complex issues. Almost two-thirds of BLINDNESS is found in women! Why? Living longer yes, but also other factors such as access to cataract surgery, which in Africa and Asia is nearly half that of men. ▪️
Seems like women around the world are second class citizens. ▪️
On a positive note, the new and progressive Ethiopian Prime-minister made half his cabinet women this year. Good move. 🌍 🌎 🧠 
MAYBE the world subconscious puts “female” as something that is there for taking or exploiting. From mother cows separated from their young to machine pump us a hormone fuelled supply of milk and cheese; the 600bn eggs female hens lay for us every year; to the tons of finite natural resources we pillage from Mother Earth: does this normalised exploitation of “female” polute our perception of and behaviour towards women?
🚺🎓💪
#womensrights #empoweringwomen #feminism #girlpower #gaia #vote100 #motherearth #tandemafrica #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #travelworld #africaadventure @chimamanda_adichie @HilaryClinton @womenintheworld
Potatoes; Avocados; Pumpkins. 🥔 🥑 🎃 Many Ethiopian villages seem to have their own distinct product, sold at the roadside. Others include scaffolding and gravestones. Could make for a pretty long shopping trip! 🛒 #ethiopia #veg #foodtravel #vegetables #food #bikewander #biketour #travelworld #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #avocado #avocadobrunch #vegan #africaadventure #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Potatoes; Avocados; Pumpkins.
🥔 🥑 🎃 
Many Ethiopian villages seem to have their own distinct product, sold at the roadside. Others include scaffolding and gravestones. Could make for a pretty long shopping trip! 🛒 
#ethiopia #veg #foodtravel #vegetables #food #bikewander #biketour #travelworld #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #avocado #avocadobrunch #vegan #africaadventure #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Minilik II hospital in Addis Abeba provides some of the most comprehensive public eye care services in the city, and trains many of Ethiopia’s aspiring ophthalmologists. 40 trainees are now equipped with the Arclight and the skills to use it - these are the people who will really drive forward eye care in Ethiopia and start to incorporate affordable technology like the Arclight into national programmes! 💪👁 🇪🇹 Thank you to Vision Aid Overseas for helping to organise the training, and getting some more Arclights sent out - great to have restocked with MK3’s on the bike! ▪️ #Arclight #icare4eyecare @WHO #SAFE #trachoma #sdgs #ntd @iapb @arclightmedical #vision #visionary #eyedoctors #eyes ##tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Minilik II hospital in Addis Abeba provides some of the most comprehensive
public eye care services in the city, and trains many of Ethiopia’s aspiring ophthalmologists. 40 trainees are now equipped with the Arclight and the skills to use it - these are the people who will really drive forward eye care in Ethiopia and start to incorporate affordable technology like the Arclight into national programmes! 💪👁 🇪🇹 Thank you to Vision Aid Overseas for helping to organise the training, and getting some more Arclights sent out - great to have restocked with MK3’s on the bike! ▪️
#Arclight #icare4eyecare @WHO #SAFE #trachoma #sdgs #ntd @iapb @arclightmedical #vision #visionary #eyedoctors #eyes ##tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Skip forward a few days and we are now safely recovering in Addis Abeba. We were spoilt for dinner last night at the British Embassy by Bill and Louise. Amazing food, wonderful company - thank you so so much!! 🥘 ❤️ It was actually an incredible day, we met such a variety of people: ▪️ A Ghanaian working for health NGOs and aiming to run for MP in 2024. ▪️ An optometrist carrying out population research for visual impairment among schoolchildren in Ethiopia and working for various eye NGOs. ▪️ An American woman reestablishing a Deaf School in Addis who is also a Trump Supporter 😮 ▪️ A mad and wonderful guy running barefoot through Africa to spread love and understanding (not a Trump supporter!) ▪️ A Peace and Conflict advisor who has worked throughout Africa for DFID. To be honest we both quite liked our host Bill’s advice though - placate with HobNobs. 🍪 #rosecake #trump #hanger #hobnobs #running #elections #medicine #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #medicalstudent #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #africaadventure #ghana @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @worldextrememedicine @zerosixzero @ukforeignoffice @ukandethiopia @runforlove2018 @mcvitiesofficial
Skip forward a few days and we are now safely recovering in Addis Abeba. We were spoilt for dinner last night at the British Embassy by Bill and Louise. Amazing food, wonderful company - thank you so so much!!
🥘 ❤️
It was actually an incredible day, we met such a variety of people: ▪️
A Ghanaian working for health NGOs and aiming to run for MP in 2024. ▪️
An optometrist carrying out population research for visual impairment among schoolchildren in Ethiopia and working for various eye NGOs. ▪️
An American woman reestablishing a Deaf School in Addis who is also a Trump Supporter 😮 ▪️
A mad and wonderful guy running barefoot through Africa to spread love and understanding (not a Trump supporter!)
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A Peace and Conflict advisor who has worked throughout Africa for DFID. To be honest we both quite liked our host Bill’s advice though - placate with HobNobs. 🍪 
#rosecake #trump #hanger #hobnobs #running #elections #medicine #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #medicalstudent #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains  #africaadventure #ghana
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @worldextrememedicine @zerosixzero @ukforeignoffice @ukandethiopia @runforlove2018 @mcvitiesofficial
Selam - a small town in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road that is very much under construction. The basic hotel acted as our sick bay for three days. Merlin had fallen ill and combined with Alex’s weakness after a week of indescribable stomach issues, we made for a pretty ineffective tandem team. It is somewhat difficult to recover when fuelled primarily by firfir, a local dish made from mashed up enjera (a kind of fermented pancake), served with enjera. 🕸 Worried Merlin might have MALARIA, we used a self test kit, luckily his blood sample was fine. We carried on lying in bed, making the odd journey downstairs for some more firfir... 🤒 #bedridden #malaria #medicine #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #medstudent #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #africaadventure @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @worldextrememedicine @zerosixzeromap
Selam - a small town in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road that is very much under construction. The basic hotel acted as our sick bay for three days. Merlin had fallen ill and combined with Alex’s weakness after a week of indescribable stomach issues, we made for a pretty ineffective tandem team. It is somewhat difficult to recover when fuelled primarily by firfir, a local dish made from mashed up enjera (a kind of fermented pancake), served with enjera.
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Worried Merlin might have MALARIA, we used a self test kit, luckily his blood sample was fine. We carried on lying in bed, making the odd journey downstairs for some more firfir...
🤒 
#bedridden #malaria #medicine #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #medstudent #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains  #africaadventure
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @worldextrememedicine @zerosixzeromap
Rather than take the normal road around the mountains, @googlemaps has taken us right over the top of them. Sticking to paper maps from now on! That’s an extra couple of days cycling - a fully loaded tandem is pretty slow up hills. These mountain roads have the added horror of being semi-dug up for reconstruction. This is something else that, with their weight, tandem bikes do not cope well with. It’s too late to turn back now. We will have to plod on and look forward to the downhills - fingers crossed for asphalt! #endoftheroad #pothole #dirttrack #ontheroad #navigation #reroute #wrongturn #bikewander #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
Rather than take the normal road around the mountains, @googlemaps has taken us right over the top of them. Sticking to paper maps from now on! That’s an extra couple of days cycling - a fully loaded tandem is pretty slow up hills. These mountain roads have the added horror of being semi-dug up for reconstruction. This is something else that, with their weight, tandem bikes do not cope well with. 
It’s too late to turn back now. We will have to plod on and look forward to the downhills - fingers crossed for asphalt! 
#endoftheroad #pothole #dirttrack #ontheroad #navigation #reroute #wrongturn #bikewander #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
One night in policeman’s office, the next night in teacher’s house. We gather huge crowds when we stop in towns but people have been really helpful and welcoming along this stretch. Such a relief to find safe and secure places to sleep at the end of the day. 🍾 Fermented GARLIC beer was a local delicacy we were treated to last night... let’s just say we won’t quite packing any on the bike with us. 🍸 #homebrew #police #teachme #education #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #africaadventure @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @zerosixzeromap
One night in policeman’s office, the next night in teacher’s house. We gather huge crowds when we stop in towns but people have been really helpful and welcoming along this stretch. Such a relief to find safe and secure places to sleep at the end of the day. 🍾
Fermented GARLIC beer was a local delicacy we were treated to last night... let’s just say we won’t quite packing any on the bike with us. 🍸 
#homebrew #police #teachme #education #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains  #africaadventure
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @zerosixzeromap
Condition: deteriorating. Alex is regretting his poor hand hygiene... Actually quite ill, and struggling up some mega hills. Even lying on the side of the road in agony, the children still come and shout at the dying ferengi 😔 #direrear #bunnyrum #paininthearse #sickofthis #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
Condition: deteriorating. Alex is regretting his poor hand hygiene... Actually quite ill, and struggling up some mega hills. Even lying on the side of the road in agony, the children still come and shout at the dying ferengi 😔 
#direrear #bunnyrum #paininthearse #sickofthis #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
Almost made it for the night and we’ve got our eye on a storm! It’s chasing us fast, but we’re holding out hope that we can pedal faster than it... #storm #darkandstormy #feelthethunder #rain #wetwetwet #stormchasers #pedalhard #gofast #gofaster #singingintherain #lastleg #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
Almost made it for the night and we’ve got our eye on a storm! It’s chasing us fast, but we’re holding out hope that we can pedal faster than it... #storm #darkandstormy #feelthethunder #rain #wetwetwet #stormchasers #pedalhard #gofast #gofaster #singingintherain #lastleg #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #goexplore #cairotocapetown
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
It’s been a hilly day of hairpin bends so we were pretty grateful when these kids who had been jogging alongside decided to help push us up the hill... we captured it on film but it wasn’t quite what we expected! 😮😞 Unfortunately for them we had already learnt our lesson having had some shorts and T-shirt go missing a few days ago so everything was zip tied down today. 💡 💪 #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #africaadventure #fresh #fruit #tropical @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
It’s been a hilly day of hairpin bends so we were pretty grateful when these kids who had been jogging alongside decided to help push us up the hill... we captured it on film but it wasn’t quite what we expected! 😮😞
Unfortunately for them we had already learnt our lesson having had some shorts and T-shirt go missing a few days ago so everything was zip tied down today. 💡 💪 
#cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains  #africaadventure #fresh #fruit #tropical
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Injera - sourdough flatbread, spongy, a bit like a fortified pancake. Our staple food. 🥘 Coming down from the mountains we met with John for an amazing meal and learned about his incredible work with the African Wildlife Foundation. John has worked in conservation all his life in a career that has taken him all over the world. He certainly has his work cut out for him on this job, living in the high mountain town of Debark and leading a team of Ethiopian co-workers to conserve the Simien Mountains National Park. Language barriers and difficult authorities are among the challenges he faces, but he told us enthusiastically about an upcoming outreach programme with local farmers, and a concise census of the rare wolves living in the park. What a guy! 🐺 🐒 He also saved our skin with this beautiful bottle of suncream. ☀️ #ethiopia #mountains #injera #awf #wolf #monkey #conservation #nature #simien #yummy #letseat #nationalparks #monkey #africawildlife #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #safari #africasafari #goexplore #cairotocapetown #optoutside #choosemountains @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Injera - sourdough flatbread, spongy, a bit like a fortified pancake. Our staple food. 🥘 
Coming down from the mountains we met with John for an amazing meal and learned about his incredible work with the African Wildlife Foundation. John has worked in conservation all his life in a career that has taken him all over the world. He certainly has his work cut out for him on this job, living in the high mountain town of Debark and leading a team of Ethiopian co-workers to conserve the Simien Mountains National Park. Language barriers and difficult authorities are among the challenges he faces, but he told us enthusiastically about an upcoming outreach programme with local farmers, and a concise census of the rare wolves living in the park. What a guy!
🐺 🐒 
He also saved our skin with this beautiful bottle of suncream. ☀️ #ethiopia #mountains #injera #awf #wolf #monkey #conservation #nature #simien #yummy #letseat #nationalparks #monkey #africawildlife #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #safari #africasafari #goexplore #cairotocapetown #optoutside #choosemountains 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Here lies the “Camelot of Africa” and Merlin has worked some magic. I’ve been stuck in this cage for ages. 🧙‍♂️ 🏰 For some reason, we didn’t expect to find many castles along our journey. But the ancient city of Gondar, where the prime minister is currently meeting with leaders of neighbouring states, used to be capital of the Ethiopian Empire. Emperors used to travel around their lands living off peasants, but 400 years ago one emperor decided to settle down and build a castle. Subsequent emperors also built their own castles within the fortified enclosure of Fasil Ghebbi. It is also where Mussolini’s occupying army made their last stand against the British in Ethiopia during the Second World War. 🏰 ⛈ Perched on top of a hill, the old stone fortress feel pretty atmospheric under this thunderous evening sky. 🌍 #camelot #Ethiopia #gondar #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #wanderlust #whitechristmas #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #goexplore #cairotocapetown #optoutside #choosemountains #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #africaadventure @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
Here lies the “Camelot of Africa” and Merlin has worked some magic. I’ve been stuck in this cage for ages. 🧙‍♂️ 🏰 
For some reason, we didn’t expect to find many castles along our journey. But the ancient city of Gondar, where the prime minister is currently meeting with leaders of neighbouring states, used to be capital of the Ethiopian Empire. Emperors used to travel around their lands living off peasants, but 400 years ago one emperor decided to settle down and build a castle. Subsequent emperors also built their own castles within the fortified enclosure of Fasil Ghebbi. It is also where Mussolini’s occupying army made their last stand against the British in Ethiopia during the Second World War. 🏰 ⛈ 
Perched on top of a hill, the old stone fortress feel pretty atmospheric under this thunderous evening sky.
🌍
#camelot #Ethiopia #gondar #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #wanderlust #whitechristmas #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #goexplore #cairotocapetown #optoutside #choosemountains #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #inspiredtravels #wanderlust  #africaadventure 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzero
The rumours are true! What animals would expect to find eating grass at 4000m in some mountains? Add MONKEYS to your list! 🙈🙊 We had our first encounter with what are called Gelada monkeys today. They have evolved to eat grass and must spend 95% of their waking time engaged in this activity. They move in great groups much like a flock of sheep, without much concern for us. Some of the huge, hairy males argued and grumbled, while the little ones ran and tumbled over the long grasses! They are endemic to the Simien Mountains and we were really hoping to spot some (we were spoilt!). As the sun set behind the huge cliffs, the monkeys moved en masse to their rocky homes in caves over the edge of the huge precipices. We headed back to our tent, much less exhilarating than a perilous scramble to a clifftop cave. 🏕 ⛰ #monkey #africawildlife #Ethiopia #Simiens #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #glamping #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #safari #africasafari #wildlifephotography #landscape #goexplore #cairotocapetown #mondaymotivation #optoutside #choosemountains @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
The rumours are true! What animals would expect to find eating grass at 4000m in some mountains? Add MONKEYS to your list! 🙈🙊 We had our first encounter with what are called Gelada monkeys today. They have evolved to eat grass and must spend 95% of their waking time engaged in this activity. They move in great groups much like a flock of sheep, without much concern for us. Some of the huge, hairy males argued and grumbled, while the little ones ran and tumbled over the long grasses! They are endemic to the Simien Mountains and we were really hoping to spot some (we were spoilt!). As the sun set behind the huge cliffs, the monkeys moved en masse to their rocky homes in caves over the edge of the huge precipices. We headed back to our tent, much less exhilarating than a perilous scramble to a clifftop cave. 🏕 ⛰ 
#monkey #africawildlife #Ethiopia #Simiens #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #glamping #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #safari #africasafari #wildlifephotography #landscape #goexplore #cairotocapetown #mondaymotivation #optoutside #choosemountains 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
There’s something so meditative about going for a hike in the hills. Yes, this place is stunning and breathtaking, but we are also finding it great to recharge and reenergise. Surrounded by nature and the mind occupied by our own natural movement - bliss. 👣 The word Simien used to mean ‘south’ as that’s where the mountains lay, but as the local population migrated southwards so the meaning of the word Simien swung round to signify ‘north’ which is now its modern day meaning in Amharic. Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and seems to comprise of in-breaths and elegant changes in pitch that neither of us are capable of reproducing. 🏔 It’s very high up here, we climbed up to 4500m today and it’s one of the few places in Africa that regularly gets snow (not that we saw any #nowhitechristmas). These children also trekked quite a way into the National Park to ask for food and sell little baskets to tourist trekkers. What would you do? 🌍 #scouts #weekend #Ethiopia #Simiens #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #wanderlust #whitechristmas #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #goexplore #cairotocapetown #optoutside #choosemountains @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
There’s something so meditative about going for a hike in the hills. Yes, this place is stunning and breathtaking, but we are also finding it great to recharge and reenergise. Surrounded by nature and the mind occupied by our own natural movement - bliss. 👣
The word Simien used to mean ‘south’ as that’s where the mountains lay, but as the local population migrated southwards so the meaning of the word Simien swung round to signify ‘north’ which is now its modern day meaning in Amharic. Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and seems to comprise of in-breaths and elegant changes in pitch that neither of us are capable of reproducing. 🏔 
It’s very high up here, we climbed up to 4500m today and it’s one of the few places in Africa that regularly gets snow (not that we saw any #nowhitechristmas). These children also trekked quite a way into the National Park to ask for food and sell little baskets to tourist trekkers. What would you do?
🌍 
#scouts #weekend #Ethiopia #Simiens #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #wanderlust #whitechristmas #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #goexplore #cairotocapetown #optoutside #choosemountains 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @zerosixzeromap
Heading up into the Simien Mountains National Park. We have had to trade in the tandem for an armed scout for our ‘protection’. His lack of proper clothes, shelter, food or water has meant that it’s been more a case of us looking after him than the other way around. It is nice though to see employment and tourism bringing some income to the people who call this place home. The heat from Sudan has left us and the air feels cold and thin up at this 3400m camp. With a frosty night we invited our scout in to the tent with us for fear he might freeze with just his towel blanket. ▪️ #scouts #weekend #Ethiopia #Simiens #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #wanderlust #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #goexplore #optoutside #choosemountains @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage
Heading up into the Simien Mountains National Park. We have had to trade in the tandem for an armed scout for our ‘protection’. His lack of proper clothes, shelter, food or water has meant that it’s been more a case of us looking after him than the other way around. It is nice though to see employment and tourism bringing some income to the people who call this place home. The heat from Sudan has left us and the air feels cold and thin up at this 3400m camp. With a frosty night we invited our scout in to the tent with us for fear he might freeze with just his towel blanket. ▪️
#scouts #weekend #Ethiopia #Simiens #mountains #hiking #nature #camping #wanderlust 
#tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #outdoor #overland #goexplore #optoutside #choosemountains 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage
Ethiopia is one the few countries in Africa that still has high rates of Trachoma. This is an eye infection common in young children that, if untreated, leads to lifelong blindness. It is closely linked to poverty but simple steps like face-washing can reduce the incidence of the disease. Given early detection it can be easily treated. The Arclight is a simple tool that can help spot trachoma. And these little cards serve as a helpful reminders for healthworkers. ❤️ We had a big Arclight training in Gonder with 65 optometry students and several primary health workers from the area. We didn’t have enough Arclights to give everyone one so are getting more sent!! ▪️ #christmasiscoming #icare4eyecare @WHO #SAFE #trachoma #sdgs #ntd @iapb @arclightmedical #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #medicine #healthcare #education #globalhealth #publichealth #eyecare #optometry @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @worldextrememedicine
Ethiopia is one the few countries in Africa that still has high rates of Trachoma. This is an eye infection common in young children that, if untreated, leads to lifelong blindness. It is closely linked to poverty but simple steps like face-washing can reduce the incidence of the disease. Given early detection it can be easily treated. The Arclight is a simple tool that can help spot trachoma. And these little cards serve as a helpful reminders for healthworkers. ❤️
We had a big Arclight training in Gonder with 65 optometry students and several primary health workers from the area. We didn’t have enough Arclights to give everyone one so are getting more sent!!
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#christmasiscoming 
#icare4eyecare @WHO #SAFE #trachoma #sdgs #ntd @iapb @arclightmedical 
#tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #medicine #healthcare #education #globalhealth #publichealth #eyecare #optometry
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @kangarooselfstorage @theadventuremedic @worldextrememedicine
Gotta love this! Avocado and Guava juice “avoguavo” 😍 Other than that we are feeling pretty drained from the past few days and the 2130m altitude is also slowly us down. Looking forward to some rest before the next Arclight training. 👁 . #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #africaadventure #fresh #fruit #tropical
Gotta love this! Avocado and Guava juice “avoguavo” 😍
Other than that we are feeling pretty drained  from the past few days and the 2130m altitude is also slowly us down. Looking forward to some rest before the next Arclight training. 👁 .
#cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains  #africaadventure #fresh #fruit #tropical
We rolled into a small town to to find it occupied by the Ethiopian Army. Military trucks loaded with soldiers and mounted machine guns were about to lead a convoy of trucks, tankers and buses through the conflict zone. ▪️ Despite our short Amharic lesson the previous evening, it was difficult to explain that we would be too slow to join the convoy. Eventually the bike and ourselves were loaded into the lead vehicle, along with 11 soldiers. It was to be a hazardous journey so one soldier borrowed Alex’s bicycle helmet for protection. ▪️ The convoy tore through the peaceful landscape at breakneck speed, a stark contrast with the tranquility we had experienced so far in Ethiopia. Children herding cattle, and women carrying water jugs, were driven aside by the brutish string of vehicles. 🚛 We have been plucked from the magical lowlands and dropped safely in the city of Gondar, high in the Ethiopian mountains. 🏔 #bulletproofbikehelmet #convoy #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #highlands #africaadventure #tandem #tandembike @uniofstandrews @sesexplore @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @iapb @kangarooselfstorage @alpkit @arclightmedical
We rolled into a small town to to find it occupied by the Ethiopian Army. Military trucks loaded with soldiers and mounted machine guns were about to lead a convoy of trucks, tankers and buses through the conflict zone. ▪️
Despite our short Amharic lesson the previous evening, it was difficult to explain that we would be too slow to join the convoy. Eventually the bike and ourselves were loaded into the lead vehicle, along with 11 soldiers. It was to be a hazardous journey so one soldier borrowed Alex’s bicycle helmet for protection. ▪️
The convoy tore through the peaceful landscape at breakneck speed, a stark contrast with the tranquility we had experienced so far in Ethiopia. Children herding cattle, and women carrying water jugs, were driven aside by the brutish string of vehicles.
🚛
We have been plucked from the magical lowlands and dropped safely in the city of Gondar, high in the Ethiopian mountains.
🏔 
#bulletproofbikehelmet #convoy #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #highlands  #africaadventure #tandem #tandembike
@uniofstandrews @sesexplore @therandagolf @saintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @iapb @kangarooselfstorage @alpkit @arclightmedical
Where did the desert go? It’s been a quick transition to this green paradise. Delightful mountain streams have been tempting us to their cooling white water for a refreshing dip - we have yet to treat ourselves though. 🚲 The road is so quiet! We are in the middle of nowhere! 🇪🇹 However there are guns everywhere. All the men here are armed and patrolling the road in small groups. Some are posted at sentry points. They look very intimidating but return a friendly wave to our greetings. We stopped in a village and gleaned some more information - that the tribal conflict is ongoing and more intense up-ahead. As we stood talking, a heavily armed military truck passed us at high speed, transporting a convoy of vehicles. That explains the quiet road. The elder in the village says that we are safe from his ‘nation’ of people; with some hesitancy we continue on, planning to find out more from a convoy when one next passes. 🚲 🚲 #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #highlands #tandem #tandembike #africaadventure @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @gosaintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @iapb @kangarooselfstorage @alpkit @arclightmedical
Where did the desert go? It’s been a quick transition to this green paradise. Delightful mountain streams have been tempting us to their cooling white water for a refreshing dip - we have yet to treat ourselves though. 🚲 
The road is so quiet! We are in the middle of nowhere!
🇪🇹 However there are guns everywhere. All the men here are armed and patrolling the road in small groups. Some are posted at sentry points. They look very intimidating but return a friendly wave to our greetings. We stopped in a village and gleaned some more information - that the tribal conflict is ongoing and more intense up-ahead. As we stood talking, a heavily armed military truck passed us at high speed, transporting a convoy of vehicles. That explains the quiet road. The elder in the village says that we are safe from his ‘nation’ of people; with some hesitancy we continue on, planning to find out more from a convoy when one next passes. 🚲 🚲 
#cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #highlands  #tandem #tandembike #africaadventure 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @gosaintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @iapb @kangarooselfstorage @alpkit @arclightmedical
It feels like we’ve gone through the rabbit hole and come out into an magical place straight from a children’s fairytale book! 🐇 🌞 👣 The landscape is barely untouched by human hands. The few people who live here dwell in small wooden houses with pointed roofs, driving their livestock beneath the huge escarpments that rise to the Ethiopian highlands! Colourful birds, stony brooks, and wild cotton amongst natural forest that only ends when the land becomes too steep. Our eyes soak in a fresh, awesome view every time we roll over a hilltop or mountain pass. ⛰ ⛰ 🚲 We had the warmest greeting to this wonderful country, invited by a family into their home for the evening. We were given a space in the house beside the chickens, and spent the evening learning Amharic phrases with a young girl and her English-Amharic dictionary. It was incredible to share such great company over a bowl of pasta, despite the almost complete language barrier. Still we all managed to make jokes and tell stories well after the sun had set. ✨ ✨ But in the night there was some automatic fire and the mother locked all the doors. It’s a reminder of the tribal conflict that is ongoing in this region. Hoping all is ok for our safe travel though this land. 😊 #cockadoodledoo #alarmclock #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #camping #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #pasta #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #highlands #magical @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @gosaintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @iapb @kangarooselfstorage @alpkit @arclightmedical
It feels like we’ve gone through the rabbit hole and come out into an magical place straight from a children’s fairytale book!
🐇 🌞 👣
The landscape is barely untouched by human hands. The few people who live here dwell in small wooden houses with pointed roofs, driving their livestock beneath the huge escarpments that rise to the Ethiopian highlands! Colourful birds, stony brooks, and wild cotton amongst natural forest that only ends when the land becomes too steep. Our eyes soak in a fresh, awesome view every time we roll over a hilltop or mountain pass. ⛰ ⛰ 🚲 
We had the warmest greeting to this wonderful country, invited by a family into their home for the evening. We were given a space in the house beside the chickens, and spent the evening learning Amharic phrases with a young girl and her English-Amharic dictionary. It was incredible to share such great company over a bowl of pasta, despite the almost complete language barrier. Still we all managed to make jokes and tell stories well after the sun had set. ✨ ✨ 
But in the night there was some automatic fire and the mother locked all the doors. It’s a reminder of the tribal conflict that is ongoing in this region. Hoping all is ok for our safe travel though this land. 😊 
#cockadoodledoo #alarmclock #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #discover #conserve #ses #camping #ethiopia #bikepacking #biketouring #biketravel #bikewander #travel #africawildlife #nature #pasta #inspiredtravels #wanderlust #mountains #highlands #magical 
@sesexplore @uniofstandrews @gosaintssport @bradabrahamsoptometry @jdtandems @saddledrunk @iapb @kangarooselfstorage @alpkit @arclightmedical
Wow! We are in Ethiopia and this place is buzzing with life. The bird song is sweet, the children dance outside little stalls that play traditional music and sell beer. For the first time in a long time women laugh, smile and even talk to us! Life and happiness seems to be in abundance. ... Our cheerful “Salamnos” are met with gleeful waves as we pass by small gatherings of roundhouses where families tend to gardens and livestock. Children run alongside, clamouring “you,you,you” without taking breath. ... This place feels special, like stepping back in time to a untouched fairytale land. Not a vehicle on the road, just nature and our high spirits! ... #timeless #tandemafrica #cairotocapetown #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #SES #bikewander #happiness #ethiopia #africa #nature
Wow! We are in Ethiopia and this place is buzzing with life. The bird song is sweet, the children dance outside little stalls that play traditional music and sell beer. For the first time in a long time women laugh, smile and even talk to us! Life and happiness seems to be in abundance. ...
Our cheerful “Salamnos” are met with gleeful waves as we pass by small gatherings of roundhouses where families tend to gardens and livestock. Children run alongside, clamouring “you,you,you” without taking breath. ...
This place feels special, like stepping back in time to a untouched fairytale land. Not a vehicle on the road, just nature and our high spirits!
...
#timeless #tandemafrica #cairotocapetown #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #SES #bikewander #happiness #ethiopia #africa #nature
The only bumpy road in Sudan! 90kms from Ethiopia. .. #potholes #cairotocape #cycling #tandemafrica #mybumhurts
The only bumpy road in Sudan! 90kms from Ethiopia. ..
#potholes #cairotocape #cycling #tandemafrica #mybumhurts
Merlin Hetherington and Alex McMaster, undergraduate students from St Andrew’s University in Scotland, are currently undertaking a record breaking self-supported journey on tandem bicycle from Cairo to Cape Town. Their aim? To distribute and train local health care workers in the use of the Arclight device, a compact, solar charged and sustainable ophthalmoscope and otoscope, in a step towards helping to tackle preventable causes of blindness and deafness across Africa. To learn more about the Arclight device or the boys’ incredible journey, visit their website —> 📸 from www.arclight-tandemafrica.com @tandemafrica @uniofstandrews #arclight #tandemafrica #twoboysonebike #bikeforsight #preventableblindness #preventabledeafness #opthalmoscope #otoscope #solarpowered #tandembike #cairotocapetown #transcontinental
Merlin Hetherington and Alex McMaster, undergraduate students from St Andrew’s University in Scotland, are currently undertaking a record breaking self-supported journey on tandem bicycle from Cairo to Cape Town.

Their aim? To distribute and train local health care workers in the use of the Arclight device, a compact, solar charged and sustainable ophthalmoscope and otoscope, in a step towards helping to tackle preventable causes of blindness and deafness across Africa.

To learn more about the Arclight device or the boys’ incredible journey, visit their website —> 📸 from www.arclight-tandemafrica.com

@tandemafrica @uniofstandrews #arclight #tandemafrica #twoboysonebike #bikeforsight #preventableblindness #preventabledeafness #opthalmoscope #otoscope #solarpowered #tandembike #cairotocapetown #transcontinental
Leaving Khartoum visa-less for Ethiopia, still a bit frazzled from two frantic ‘rest’ days we pedal on to find a deteriorating road but to our delight the grass (literally) seems to be getting greener. .. Alex’s luck however hasn’t, accumulating a litany of woes: continued sunburn; a twice punctured sleeping mat; breathing difficulties from the noxious truck fumes; crippling shoulder pain; a cold; rather frequent toilet requirements; an infected pedal scrape; a cut finger; a crushed cockroach in his trousers and (speaking for both of us) a sore bottom. .. Alex’s curse seems at times to be playing out on both of us and I can’t help but blame him for the puncture, a tyre replacement and an unfortunate spillage of pasta too. Poor guy though, he’s had it a bit rough. .. Both feeling as worn out as these two chairs... .. #struggles #crymeariver #nile #cairotocape #puncture #bikewander #tandemafrica #heatison #sunburn #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #coffee #pasta #cocacola
Leaving Khartoum visa-less for Ethiopia, still a bit frazzled from two frantic ‘rest’ days we pedal on to find a deteriorating road but to our delight the grass (literally) seems to be getting greener.
..
Alex’s luck however hasn’t, accumulating a litany of woes: continued sunburn; a twice punctured sleeping mat; breathing difficulties from the noxious truck fumes; crippling shoulder pain; a cold; rather frequent toilet requirements; an infected pedal scrape; a cut finger; a crushed cockroach in his trousers and (speaking for both of us) a sore bottom.
..
Alex’s curse seems at times to be playing out on both of us and I can’t help but blame him for the puncture, a tyre replacement and an unfortunate spillage of pasta too. Poor guy though, he’s had it a bit rough.
..
Both feeling as worn out as these two chairs...
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#struggles #crymeariver #nile #cairotocape #puncture #bikewander #tandemafrica #heatison #sunburn #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #coffee #pasta #cocacola
Maybe next time we will get the camel train! . #camelracing #twoboysonebike #onecameltwohumps #tandemafrica #cairotocape #sudan
Maybe next time we will get the camel train!
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#camelracing #twoboysonebike #onecameltwohumps #tandemafrica #cairotocape #sudan
56 HOURS in Khartoum was not enough time! . Both in need of a really good rest, but with many commitments and some amazing opportunities coming our way it was a hectic couple of days: . 20hrs - Sleep. Could have had more! 😴 7hrs - Eating the delicious food from the Acropole Hotel. Thank you George and co and Jonathon Lamont for the well needed treat 🇬🇷 5hrs - Arclight prep and fantastic distribution with Khalid Mohammed and his students. An amazing centre for eye care - one of the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. 3hrs - Trip on the Nile with Adul and his friends. Adul is a Medic from Edinburgh / London but has been living in Khartoum and getting up to some crazy adventures from catching crocodiles and jumping off the bridges to rowing, horse riding and fishing 🐊 3hrs - A wedding! Thank you Dr Kamal and Khalid for inviting us to a wonderful Sudanese wedding 💃 3hrs - Guinness and beers with the Irish consulate! Plus a fantastic spread of food to include cheddar cheese and chorizo ☘️ 🍻 2hrs - Failed visa attempts at the Ethiopian Embassy. With the weekend coming up our only hope is to cycle on an try our luck at the office in Gedaref in a few days. Agh. Stresss😔🤞 2hrs - Showers, 💩 and shaves. 1hr - Shopping for supplies for the 450km cycle to Gedaref. Dried dates and peanut butter 😍 1hr - Bike maintenance and clean 🚲 1hr - a FaceTime home 🏠 1hr - arranging upcoming legs and Arclight postage to Ethiopia 🇪🇹 1hr - riding with the Sudanese Women’s cycling club 💪 2hrs - a hectic cycle into the city and over the Metal Bridge, being sure to decorously dismount whilst passing the palace 👑 4hrs - missing! Honestly don’t know where this time went. I found please return. Next time we’re in Khartoum we will come with plenty more time so as not to leave feeling like we missed out! Thank you everyone who made it so jam packed and exciting! 🙏 #arclight #icareforeyecare #vision2020 #cairotocape #travel #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #nile #confluence #pioneerswithpurpose #africa #sudan #solar
56 HOURS in Khartoum was not enough time! .
Both in need of a really good rest, but with many commitments and some amazing opportunities coming our way it was a hectic  couple of days:
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20hrs - Sleep. Could have had more! 😴 
7hrs - Eating the delicious food from the Acropole Hotel. Thank you George and co and Jonathon Lamont for the well needed treat 🇬🇷 5hrs - Arclight prep and fantastic distribution with Khalid Mohammed and his students. An amazing centre for eye care - one of the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. 
3hrs - Trip on the Nile with Adul and his friends. Adul is a Medic from Edinburgh / London but has been living in Khartoum and getting up to some crazy adventures from catching crocodiles and jumping off the bridges to rowing, horse riding and fishing 🐊 
3hrs - A wedding! Thank you Dr Kamal and Khalid for inviting us to a wonderful Sudanese wedding 💃 
3hrs - Guinness and beers with the Irish consulate! Plus a fantastic spread of food to include cheddar cheese and chorizo ☘️ 🍻 
2hrs - Failed visa attempts at the Ethiopian Embassy. With the weekend coming up our only hope is to cycle on an try our luck at the office in Gedaref in a few days. Agh. Stresss😔🤞
2hrs - Showers, 💩 and shaves. 
1hr - Shopping for supplies for the 450km cycle to Gedaref. Dried dates and peanut butter 😍
1hr - Bike maintenance and clean 🚲 
1hr - a FaceTime home 🏠 
1hr - arranging upcoming legs and Arclight postage to Ethiopia 🇪🇹
1hr - riding with the Sudanese Women’s cycling club 💪 
2hrs - a hectic cycle into the city and over the Metal Bridge, being sure to decorously dismount whilst passing the palace 👑
4hrs - missing! Honestly don’t know where this time went. I found please return.
Next time we’re in Khartoum we will come with plenty more time so as not to leave feeling like we missed out! Thank you everyone who made it so jam packed and exciting! 🙏
#arclight #icareforeyecare #vision2020 #cairotocape #travel #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #nile #confluence #pioneerswithpurpose #africa #sudan #solar
Sunrise and sunset over the Jebel Barkal Pyramids in Sudan. Both of us loved stretching our legs up Barkal Mountain to get our first view over the Nile and desert. . Harking back to our Spain cycling days we have turned to milk to fulfil some of our nutritional needs. Towns are often sold out but twice we have managed to stop the refrigerated milk truck and purchase ‘direct’. We even sold some cartons on to a local shop for the astounding profit of 2 Sudanese pounds (GBP£0.03) #enterprising #makemymillions To be fair, we are starting to see some fresh food! . #milk #pyramids # #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #food #sunrisesunset
Sunrise and sunset over the Jebel Barkal Pyramids in Sudan. Both of us loved stretching our legs up Barkal Mountain to get our first view over the Nile and desert. .
Harking back to our Spain cycling days we have turned to milk to fulfil some of our nutritional needs. Towns are often sold out but twice we have managed to stop the refrigerated milk truck and purchase ‘direct’. We even sold some cartons on to a local shop for the astounding profit of 2 Sudanese pounds (GBP£0.03) #enterprising #makemymillions To be fair, we are starting to see some fresh food!
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#milk #pyramids # #cairotocape #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose #food #sunrisesunset
BONKING / the BONK . Explained by Ride25: . “In the cycling world, a bonk is not a good thing. It essentially means ‘hitting a wall’ in a physical and emotional sense, meaning that you find it very difficult, if not impossible, to carry on.” . “As funny as it my sound, bonking is actually very serious and is what cyclists and other endurance sportspeople call hypoglycemia. Essentially it means that you haven’t taken in enough carbohydrates and have exhausted your body’s glycogen stores, leaving you with abnormally low blood glucose levels.” . “The symptoms of a bonk can vary, but on a physical side you will generally feel extremely weak and tired and you may shake, sweat a lot and feel dizzy or light-headed. You may also have heart palpitations and will probably be very hungry. Bonking can also affect the brain as that too burns glucose, and you may feel anxious, irritable, confused and emotional.” . Amen to that. . Fool, eggs and biscuits and this heat is not being kind to us. Glad for our remaining @huel and @we_aretribe bars. #BeanAndBiscuitPower . #bonkers #bonking #cairotocape #cycling #endurance #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose . Phrase of the week: “shall we just have a quick break” ... 💤 💤
BONKING / the BONK
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Explained by Ride25: .
“In the cycling world, a bonk is not a good thing. It essentially means ‘hitting a wall’ in a physical and emotional sense, meaning that you find it very difficult, if not impossible, to carry on.”
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“As funny as it my sound, bonking is actually very serious and is what cyclists and other endurance sportspeople call hypoglycemia. Essentially it means that you haven’t taken in enough carbohydrates and have exhausted your body’s glycogen stores, leaving you with abnormally low blood glucose levels.”
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“The symptoms of a bonk can vary, but on a physical side you will generally feel extremely weak and tired and you may shake, sweat a lot and feel dizzy or light-headed. You may also have heart palpitations and will probably be very hungry. Bonking can also affect the brain as that too burns glucose, and you may feel anxious, irritable, confused and emotional.”
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Amen to that. .
Fool, eggs and biscuits and this heat is not being kind to us. Glad for our remaining @huel and @we_aretribe bars. #BeanAndBiscuitPower
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#bonkers #bonking #cairotocape #cycling #endurance #tandemafrica #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose .
Phrase of the week: “shall we just have a quick break” ... 💤 💤
Sorry for the lack of updates the past couple of weeks. The heat of Sudan was tough and we were pushing hard to make our 150km daily average to get to Gondar, Ethiopia in time for the next Arclight distribution. Some thoughts at the time: “There’s something awe-inspiring about this huge expanse of desert and extreme heat. Maybe there’s some satisfaction to be drawn from the fact that so far we are coping (just) and managing to move forwards in this austere environment. But fun? Probably not, hands down highlight of the past few days has been lying down to sleep each night: resting, taking a brief moment to appreciate the stars, stretching the legs out flat. Food each day has been 4 meals of ‘fool’ (a tasteless beany paste served with flatbread) complemented with snacks of dry biscuits. Can’t wait for fruit. The desert is quite mind-numbingly blank so we’ve invented a game of ‘spot something living’ - this current round has been going 30hrs now.” “Slight headwind is crushing us and our speed. Feels like a hairdryer on the eyeballs, the thermometer reached 50C today. Breathing dries your mouth and throat out - I’ve been trying to take 2 breaths through my nose for every 1 through my mouth; Alex is following Jonathon Lamont’s advice of sucking a pebble.” . A lot of this stretch could be considered Type 2 Fun - the kind of experience that sweetens only after its has ended and can be remembered from a safe distance. Looking back it really was amazing. The people who we did meet (stationed every 100km or so to maintain water pots and serve fool) were always encouraging and we enjoyed broken conversations using our growing Arabic vocabulary! The desert was so quiet, interrupted only occasionally by the hilariously melodic horn of a passing truck, but most of the time the road was entirely ours. Those who we did share this road with would often stop to ask us if we were ok, offering us bread, water and a ride if we wanted! . @alfonsogordon @uniofstandrews @bradabrahamsoptometry @sesexplore @therandagolf @saintssport @kangarooselfstorage @jdtandems @saddledrunk . #sahara #sand #cairotocape #bonking #tandemafrica #heatison #hot #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose
Sorry for the lack of updates the past couple of weeks. The heat of Sudan was tough and we were pushing hard to make our 150km daily average to get to Gondar, Ethiopia in time for the next Arclight distribution. Some thoughts at the time: “There’s something awe-inspiring about this huge expanse of desert and extreme heat. Maybe there’s some satisfaction to be drawn from the fact that so far we are coping (just) and managing to move forwards in this austere environment. But fun? Probably not, hands down highlight of the past few days has been lying down to sleep each night: resting, taking a brief moment to appreciate the stars, stretching the legs out flat. Food each day has been 4 meals of ‘fool’ (a tasteless beany paste served with flatbread) complemented with snacks of dry biscuits. Can’t wait for fruit. The desert is quite mind-numbingly blank so we’ve invented a game of ‘spot something living’ - this current round has been going 30hrs now.” “Slight headwind is crushing us and our speed. Feels like a hairdryer on the eyeballs, the thermometer reached 50C today. Breathing dries your mouth and throat out - I’ve been trying to take 2 breaths through my nose for every 1 through my mouth; Alex is following Jonathon Lamont’s advice of sucking a pebble.” .
A lot of this stretch could be considered Type 2 Fun - the kind of experience that sweetens only after its has ended and can be remembered from a safe distance. Looking back it really was amazing. The people who we did meet (stationed every 100km or so to maintain water pots and serve fool) were always encouraging and we enjoyed broken conversations using our growing Arabic vocabulary! The desert was so quiet, interrupted only occasionally by the hilariously melodic horn of a passing truck, but most of the time the road was entirely ours. Those who we did share this road with would often stop to ask us if we were ok, offering us bread, water and a ride if we wanted!
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@alfonsogordon @uniofstandrews @bradabrahamsoptometry @sesexplore @therandagolf @saintssport @kangarooselfstorage @jdtandems @saddledrunk
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#sahara #sand #cairotocape #bonking #tandemafrica #heatison #hot #evertoexcel #pioneerswithpurpose
Whizzing along the Red Sea with the wind at our backs, we covered over 180km on day two. Wind farms, petroleum and mass tourism blight the stretch of land where the desert meets the sea. Trucks and ships make their way to and from the Suez Canal on the highway and the ocean. We carry on south on the hard shoulder. #redsea #! #cycletouring #cairotocapetown #desert #tandemafrica
Whizzing along the Red Sea with the wind at our backs, we covered over 180km on day two. Wind farms, petroleum and mass tourism blight the stretch of land where the desert meets the sea. Trucks and ships make their way to and from the Suez Canal on the highway and the ocean. We carry on south on the hard shoulder. #redsea #! #cycletouring #cairotocapetown #desert #tandemafrica
From central Cairo, across the Sahara, to the Red Sea - ready for a dip after a long dusty road, and some fish. Massive thank you to Luke, Fritz and Chris for escorting us out of Cairo at 5am to avoid the hectic traffic, and to the legendary Mustafa for cycling with us and guiding us all the way to the Red Sea! . @cairocyclistsclub #cairotocape #BestSafetyCarEver #datebiscuits #tandemafrica @zero6zero #desert #dessert . Follow our progress on the map http://www.arclight-tandemafrica.com/#about
From central Cairo, across the Sahara, to the Red Sea - ready for a dip after a long dusty road, and some fish. 
Massive thank you to Luke, Fritz and Chris for escorting us out of Cairo at 5am to avoid the hectic traffic, and to the legendary Mustafa for cycling with us and guiding us all the way to the Red Sea!
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@cairocyclistsclub #cairotocape #BestSafetyCarEver #datebiscuits #tandemafrica @zero6zero #desert #dessert
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Follow our progress on the map http://www.arclight-tandemafrica.com/#about
🚲 🚲 TOMORROW IS THE DAY! We depart from Cairo Tower (where this photo was taken) and head up the Nile soon turning East to follow the Red Sea coast 😮 . Follow our progress tomorrow on our live map: https://bit.ly/2NxAgYp . Please support us if you can or share it around: https://bit.ly/2ybkqOx . @zerosixzeromap @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @arclightmedical @bradabrahamsoptometry @therandagolf #tandemafrica
🚲 🚲 TOMORROW IS THE DAY! We depart from Cairo Tower (where this photo was taken) and head up the Nile soon turning East to follow the Red Sea coast 😮
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Follow our progress tomorrow on our live map: https://bit.ly/2NxAgYp
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Please support us if you can or share it around: https://bit.ly/2ybkqOx
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@zerosixzeromap @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @arclightmedical @bradabrahamsoptometry @therandagolf #tandemafrica
Fourth-year medical students at Cairo University get an amazing 2 months ophthalmology placement. This is their second week and today we had the privilege of teaching them direct ophthalmoscopy - for some it was the first time visualising the fundus (the very back of the eye)! With the simulation eyes, they honed their skills and began to identify some of the diseases that can be present in the eye. While some may go into ophthalmology, those who specialise in other areas of medicine will still find the device useful, especially in paediatrics, neurology, obstetrics, ENT, and general medicine. . @arclightmedical @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @iapb #vision2020 #icareforeyecare #tandemafrica
Fourth-year medical students at Cairo University get an amazing 2 months ophthalmology placement. This is their second week and today we had the privilege of teaching them direct ophthalmoscopy - for some it was the first time visualising the fundus (the very back of the eye)! With the simulation eyes, they honed their skills and began to identify some of the diseases that can be present in the eye. While some may go into ophthalmology, those who specialise in other areas of medicine will still find the device useful, especially in paediatrics, neurology, obstetrics, ENT, and general medicine.
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@arclightmedical @sesexplore @uniofstandrews @iapb #vision2020 #icareforeyecare #tandemafrica
Brad Abrahams (logo) by the pyramids. Proudly supporting @tandemafrica #tandemafrica #righttosight #cairo #pyramids #egypt# @bradabrahamsoptometry #bathoptician #bath #arclight
Brad Abrahams (logo) by the pyramids. Proudly supporting @tandemafrica #tandemafrica #righttosight #cairo #pyramids #egypt# @bradabrahamsoptometry #bathoptician #bath #arclight
We are leaving a truly fantastic group of people behind when we depart from Scotland next week. It was a real delight to thank so many of them at the official launch of Arclight Tandem Africa on Friday. Thank you to our team in St Andrews, our friends and families, for being with us to celebrate all their hard work helping to get us to the start line! @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @ses_explore @kangarooselfstorage #pioneerswithpurpose #tandemafrica #icare4eyecare #cairotocapetown
We are leaving a truly fantastic group of people behind when we depart from Scotland next week. It was a real delight to thank so many of them at the official launch of Arclight Tandem Africa on Friday. Thank you to our team in St Andrews, our friends and families, for being with us to celebrate all their hard work helping to get us to the start line! @uniofstandrews @therandagolf @ses_explore @kangarooselfstorage #pioneerswithpurpose #tandemafrica #icare4eyecare #cairotocapetown
Everything we’re not taking on the tandem now in storage! Living out of a bike from now on. Thank you @kangarooselfstorage for all your help and the giant game of Tetris fitting it all into the the storage room! #dundee #tandemafrica #onepairofpants
Everything we’re not taking on the tandem now in storage! Living out of a bike from now on. 
Thank you @kangarooselfstorage for all your help and the giant game of Tetris fitting it all into the the storage room! #dundee
#tandemafrica #onepairofpants
Collected the bike from @gammatd with some new modifications. Going to be a long cycle into the night back to #standrews Good thing they fitted us with snazzy lights. Late dinner for us! Luckily the winds died #tandemafrica #stormali #NotHangryYet
Collected the bike from @gammatd with some new modifications. Going to be a long cycle into the night back to #standrews Good thing they fitted us with snazzy lights. Late dinner for us! Luckily the winds died #tandemafrica #stormali #NotHangryYet