Are you daring enough to tour the world on a bike?
SEE ALSO :Kenya Sevens and Samoa in tough tieLike Europeans, Asians are very kind; they let me spend time in their homes. Asia, unlike Europe, is not expensive; I could at least afford to eat in hotels and sleep in hostels whenever I did not find a host. I experienced the kindness and generosity of Laotians, who, despite not having much are so happy. They also invited me into their homes to share what little they had. Unfortunately in Japan, we are rich but not happy. The dangers In August of the same year, I left for South America. In the continent I cycled through Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. This was my most challenging trip so far. Because of the high altitude, I found it difficult to cycle. At some point, I had to climb to an altitude of 5,000 metres; this made it extremely difficult to breathe. Moreover, I experienced food poisoning twice, had to push my bike though the Atacama Desert in Chile and communicating was tough because most of the people in this region speak Spanish. I had to do with gestures and lots of smiling to get through. But, they were also very kind to me. I even tasted Alpaca meat for the first time in South America. In November, I flew back home.
SEE ALSO :Shujaa off to flying start in Cape TownIn October 2018, I flew to South Africa with the intention of cycling from Cape Town to Cairo, Egypt. Like in other continents, I’d be cycling 10 hours every day. Unfortunately, in Johannesburg, I was mugged by gun-wielding robbers. They stole my wallet and phone. Fortunately, they didn’t hurt me or damage my bike. Although my possessions were forcefully taken from me, my spirit was not broken. I continued my journey into neighbouring Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and then Kenya. In Tanzania, I saw, for the first time in my life, wild animals. It was in the Serengeti where I saw zebras, giraffes and lions. I also got to interact with the Maasai. Moreover, I even saw Mount Kilimanjaro. These are moments that will forever be etched in my memory. The Nairobi man’s kindness On the third of January, I arrived in Kenya. While here, I was being hosted by Mr Simon Kamangu, in his home in Nairobi. He found me waiting for my Japanese hosts who happened to be his neighbours when he got home from work. I explained who I was and he invited me to his house. Even when they came, he still offered to put me up. When I get my visa, I intend to go to Ethiopia through Moyale Town. From there, I’ll cycle to Sudan and end my trip in Egypt. I’m supposed to be in Cairo by 17th of March because that is when I have booked my flight back home. So far, I have enjoyed my time in Africa although I have not met many Japanese people. I only met a few backpackers in Southern Africa and some students here in Nairobi. Of note, is that the most time I have in any one country is two weeks. I look forward to going back home, graduating and finding employment. I want to work and make enough money to marry my girlfriend Miho by the time I am 27. The marrying age in Japan is usually 31 but I do not want to wait that long. We have settled on three children. I shall share with my future family about my adventures around the world. I have my sponsors Diatech Bruno and OSG Group, (Japanese bicycle and drill maker respectively) to thank for funding these trips. I was also covered by my travel insurance. The insurance footed the hospital bill when I experienced food poisoning in Peru and Chile. Fortunately though, I have not sustained any injury on my trip. By the time I board a plane in Cairo for Japan, I’ll have covered more than 20,000km. I don’t plan on touring North America because of lack of time.
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