Not Giving In

The above video is so powerful. It shows the strength of what we are capable of as human beings. It also shows that support from others through our tough times – emotionally, physically or mentally – can help in our journey. This video is posted to remind us all that “we can” do what we set our minds to achieve and know matter what place you come, whatever the outcome is, when it’s done to the best of your ability then you are a winner.

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Now wipes thouse tears away it’s time for Sonia’s Tour d’Afrique update ……

After time off from being quite ill Sonia was hoping to get back on her bike again on this leg. There was 6 days travelling from Atbara to Gedaref and 6 days until a rest day so a very long and hard stretch by anyones standards but more so after recurring health problems and what seems unbeatable illnesses. The days consisted of distances around 100km but with rough terrain and minimal to no paved roads it was quite an epic sight before all the riders.

Day 9 – Riders coursed 103km with sunny skies and winds of approx 15km/h, North East. Only 6km of Day 9’s cycle was along a paved road the remainder was 35km of dirt road and then 62 km SAND! Soft sand – an incredibly tough terrain to ride on! A hard slog! Amazing effort on everyone’s behalfs!

Day 10 – The journey on this day was a 71km cycle through SAND! Yep more SAND! Try imagine riding through soft river sand in 32 degree desert heat? Makes you realise that anything is possible once you set your mind to it huh?! Just keep riding, riding, riding, riding ….

Day 11 – An easier cycle (as apposed to Day 9 & 10’s efforts) with 82km of dirt tracks! A nice warm 37degrees with NE winds at 15km/h and sunny skies….

Day 12 – Another dirt track travelled with the 91km ride! It was a partly cloudy but 39degrees and North Easterly winds at 15km/h. Four days down only two to go before the riders rested… The light at the end of the (very long) tunnel was finally showing some light.

Day 13 – 94km ride, 22km on dirt and the remainder pavved! 38 degrees with a NE wind of 25km/h.

Two weeks in …. Day 14’s 140km journey was travelled on paved roads! It must of felt like heaven after such a long stint on more difficult soil! This leg was the home stretch before they were all due a well deserved rest day!


“Happy Australia Day everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful day doing the Aussie thing. I spent the day recharging body and soul, batteries and doing the washing….exciting ha? I did go out for coffee and donuts this morning but could only find the centres of the donuts but hey who’s fussy!!! And im wearing my Aussie headband.
Wow what a week. It just happened to be a Monday morning to start the next leg. Made a quick 100m dash to the horrendous long drops, held my breath and blocked my nose, these arent hygienic at all. I packed the tent and figured as long as I keep my butt cheeks clamped shut I should be right to ride. No bottom burps!! Wrong…the power that be’s from above had other ideas….. Sonia Dada please dismount, I am now striking you down with vomiting to go with your runny bum… In tears again and ready to throw the towel in, I crawl into the truck for the next 2 days.
Its a desert crossing of sand and bull dust.
Tuesday night, feeling so depleted, both mentally and physically I call on my angels and this time I am heard, I sleep all night for the first time in 3 weeks. There is nothing between me and the stars except a mossie net. I wake on Wednesday feeling awesome and ready to ride.
I lasted to lunch, 44km through bull dust and sand. Great ride but had an asthma attack for my efforts and was unable to ride the rest of the day. The chest infection is still playing havoc on my lunges. Thursday was a tough morning with 50kms to lunch through bull dust and 30+ km headwinds. I was bearly alive and the wheels were bearly turning at 8kph I crawled to the lunch truck. The arvo saw less headwinds but the temp reached 43.6 degree. Camp was by some canals so the first bath was under numerous bottles of water the second saw me sprawled out in the canel having a canel spa. Very nice and deserved I must say.
Still feeling great. Friday we left the desert and attempted to negotiate the canels to a Cane farming village. Sonia Dada is lost…onya Sonia… followed by a car of locals that kept stopping became a little frightening as I was alone and only 2 days previous our camp nurse had been attacked quite badly. Luckly I kept peddling and they became bored with my rudeness after a few kms and left. It was a great ride especially when I found an orange marker, these have a tendency to dissappear when the local kids think its great to wear them as head bands or neck ties. Another hot arvo of 42 degree and another 100km down. Tonight we sleep in a Cow Throp patch and still have to walk ages into the wild younder for some sort of privacy for a twinkle. We wait till after dark to do the other one.
Saturday was a pretty boring road ride of 140km, though did pass some camel and goat markets and escorted into Gadaref by a cop on an bike, I felt like a movie star with right of way any everyone looking at me.. tummy had been good up until Gadaref when all hell broke loose again. So far about half the group has or has this tummy bug. Only 2 left in EFI. I sat out side last night and shared a bucket with Ian. It was a case of being close enough to a toilet and a bucket as we weren’t sure where we would need to dash first.
Feeling ok today with the odd flush of queezyness. Fingers crossed for a good night and ready to cross the Ethiopian boarder tomorrow. 166km, 39 degree.

Talk soon mossies are biting and past my bed time xx
Sonia Numbutt Dada
Lol this camel nearly had a numbutt”


Tough Times

Day 7 – Sonia and the TDA competitors cycled with sunny skies from their Desert Camp to yet another Desert Camp. It was a mighty 130km stint in 32 degree heat with North Westerly winds approx 21km/h.


Day 8 – The last day of riding before Sonia and the other cyclists got a well earned break! Their 124km cycle took them to their next resting point for a day which is at Atbara. This gave them time to spend sightseeing at the Pyramids of Meroe.


A message from Sonia “Its been a tough week mentally watching others ride whilst laid up. Waking on the morning of stage 5 and making the decision not to ride, saw me change clothes from bike knicks to shorts 4 times, still suffering neck and back pain from stage 4, the tremadol hadn’t touch the sides of the pain nor did all the other meds. Lots of tears, and a hacking chest infection. I am out of the EFI. I managed 76km on stage 6 before collapsing after returning from the Pyramids at lunch time. Stages 7 and 8, I remained in the truck. I have 3.5 months ahead to catch up on all I have missed and hope that I can get my strength back to do it. I have changed my tyres ready for a gruelling 5 days ahead, of rough off road terrain, sand and a mix of both. Day 6 will see us back on paved ground for the final 140km of that leg before our next rest day.
The Pyramids today of Meroe where definately something to see. Not as big as Cairo but still special all the same.
Not looking at the pyramids I could of sworn I was still in Gero, hot, windy and sandy.
I’m sitting once more on the banks of the Nile, this time in Atbara. Again another little town thats happy to pass on tummy bugs free of charge.
We are again staying in an abandoned Amusement Park.
The town crier started at 5am this morning, seriously its rest day! Then greeted with overflowing longdrop dunnies, and an upset tummy. Woohoo Desert Camp tomorrow
…… Thanks everyone for your support, its been tough and nothing like I expected. From someone that rarely gets sick, it was hard to except riding on a truck watching others on their bikes. I couldnt understand why everyone thought I was crazy taking this on but I have a clear understanding now. No Masseurs in Sudan!!!!”


More updates on the TDA as they come in …….

But before w sign out we want to share information on our fundraising …. Initially we set a goal of $1 per km and on Day 7 of the epic four month journey we had already raised $5,303.30! Leaving only $6,389.70 to reach our goal! We are almost halfway there already – which is incredible!! Thank you to the generosity of everyone so far – every little bit counts so dig deep to help the kids of Camp Quality and to support this massive journey that Sonia is undertaking. Visit – Laughter is the BEST Medicine!

Day 1 to Day 5 – Highs and Lows

Day 1 stage 1 – After months and months of stress and preparation finally Sonia’s Tour d’Afrique began at 7.30am on the 10th January. Her first leg was an 81km journey to their first camp site. This leg was from Khartoum to Abu Doloca with a road that was mostly paved and flat with a temperature of around 26degrees and Northerly winds at 30km/h


The Starting Group


Day 2 – A distance of 148km in 26 dregrees and winds NE25 the trip on day 2 was from Abu Doloca to Desert Camp

Day 3 – 143km to Sonia’s next camp and next contact. The temp was around 28degrees with sunny skies and winds NE20km/h

Day 4 – Last day of cycling today before Sonia gets a break for a day! After four days of babywipe showers a real shower will be heavenly! Day fours distance covers 146km with a sunny 28degree day and winds N15km/h.

ImageOne of the Camp Sites

Latest update (Day 4) – Little bit of upset in the TDA camp for some riders. With the first 4 days being very unforgiving on riders many were and still are sore. Unfortunately Sonia was one of those riders and was not able to ride on Day 5. She is still in a lot of pain from a neck and back injury that has appeared out of no where but with the help of the medical staff, rest day yesterday and a day off hopefully she will be back in the saddle tomorrow!

Day 5 – With Sonia resting her injuries today for the other riders a 112km cycle to a desert camp with sunny skies, winds NE10km/h and temp of 30degrees is ahead!


Day 6 – 110km cycle to another DC. Sunny skies with winds NE10km/h and temp of 28degrees. Good luck Sonia!

A message from Sonia: “Starting out easy was not an option in Sudan. 4 days heading north, 527km in 30+ km head winds was the toughest thing I have ever done. I have managed to stay EFI however half of our group was out by the second day. EfI for those that are unaware of the term is ” Every Frigging Inch”
Have you ever tried setting up a tent in a desert in 30+ winds? Being with a number of different nationalities I have learnt a whole new vocabulary.
And toilets, well they don’t exist and after a 10 min walk into the desert I was still in plain view of everyone but there were no mounds to hide behind, so with the sand blowing, the nicks were off and all inhabitions were lost.
I wasn’t prepared for the freezing conditions, so cold at night and riding where my fingers and toes were still numb 3 hrs into the morning rides.
Character building I think they call it…..

Rest day today was spent in an old Amusement Park on the shores of the Nile. Just beautiful having breakfast looking over the Nile, a far cry from the past days eating, sleeping and riding sand.
Washing of body and clothes was a beautiful feeling.
The butt is raw and we are all walking around like ducks with our butts poking out to take the pressure of the sore spots.
Tomorrow we start our next leg but turning south east so will be/ should be pleasant riding with only 128km to camp.
Why is it that a weatherman can be the only person to stuff up 80% of the time and still keep his job???? I hope he’s got it right this time
Well its good night from me now till my next rest day.

Sonia Numbutt

Stay tuned for more updates as they come in …..

And remember to donate to – $1 per km for the kids of Camp Quality!


Starting Line

The starting line, the first day, the moment an epic journey began on January 10th. Sonia’s belongings were packed on the truck, directions were issued and her backup mount was chosen should her bike fail her. The weather seemed perfect apart from the 30k head winds all the way – the wind had obviously followed her from home!

Stage One:


The first stage in Sonia’s word “…is just a short ride of 81 or maybe 84 km…” – the distance depending on whether the first camp was uninhabital due to unforseen circumstances then the second camp at the 84km mark was the next option. This is Africa after all and anything goes!


Next wifi zone was in Dongola on Tuesday 14th – so stay tuned to hear more in futher updates today!

In Sonias own words as she departed on the 10th “Bring it on!” Thats enough reason for all of us to get up today and set our sights high and achieve something we have let fear hold us back from!!