Jonny and I have long been fans of the like-minded folks over at the Tour d’Afrique, so we were pretty darn excited when we found out they were fans of ours, as well.
Turns out this very blog has been on their radar, and they wanted to know how much it would cost to tell people about their trips on our little blog. We’d never taken advertising before, but considering how complimentary we found these free-spirited individuals (and by that I mean the “Don’t mind me, I’ll just saw off these frost-bitten toes and we’ll get back on the road” free spirited, not the 1960s hippie kind), we thought “what the heck.”
Despite the rather Africa-centric sounding name, Tour d’Afrique does a lot more than just trapse around one continent. No, the continent of Africa just wasn’t enough for them. They’ve got routes all over the friggin’ planet, from Africa and South America to the one they’re currently taking sign-ups for: the Silk Route through the Middle East and Asia.
This monster 10500K (6525 mile) journey follows the open-toed sandals of the great conquerors of the past, including Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan, and, I believe, Jason (of the Argonauts), who was pretty much just there for the skeleton chicks. But instead of doing it on foot, which would definitely take a bit longer than four months, the hard men and women at the Tour d’Afrique have planned for the brave souls signing up to do it in a mere 92 cycling days.
In all seriousness, this thing will test your mettle and your metal, expand your mind, introduce you to new friends from across the globe, and give you something to brag about to your grandkids.
While it’s damn hard to find a good taqueria in Turkmenistan, they take care of the meals and I’m guessing their chef has done the math on how many miles one can travel per Bilishi.
Head on over and check this trip out out. 2010 might just be the year you ride the trip of your dreams.