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.
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.
Stay tuned for more updates as they come in …..
And remember to donate to http://www.mycampquality.org.au/soniadavies – $1 per km for the kids of Camp Quality!