Date: 26.03.17 & 27.03.17
Blog entry date: 27.03.17
Odometer: 8 519km
Avg speed: 22km/hr
Time on bike: 3h07min
Problems: Tear in back-rim
Flat tyre counter: 3
Max speed of tour : 72.1km/hr (Day 142)
Longest day: 215km (Day 48)
Staying at family contact, about 20km outside Kigali city centre.
Last night I checked the bicycles for the last time, cleaned and lubed the chains. They are showing signs of the long journey, but did really well to carry us and our luggage this far. We had some mechanical issues, but generally speaking the bicycles held up very good. We are really grateful!
Today we started seeing signs of the impending city and the end of our journey. The shorter days are however giving us a little extra time of nomadic life. During our planning we estimated the journey to be 8500km. Today we passed that mark and are very close to our destination.
The road was in a good condition and we had some nice downhills. The last part we cycled in a valley between the green hills, beautiful.
We saw people almost the entire way and were faced with a different kind of problem, where to take a toilet-break 😁. Don’t worry, we did manage without curious eyes around.
In Rwanda the locals really love to cycle with us. Despite the single speed bicycles these guys are really fast and will stay with us for kilometers. As we pass the bigger towns we pick-up many cyclists. At some stage it felt like the we are in the Tour de France pelleton. Then, every so often a local will come racing past, just to pull off at his destination. I guess his way of showing us, “I won that stage!” 😂. I think this has to do with cycling being taken seriously as a sport in Rwanda. They even started the Tour de Rwanda a few years ago. With all the hills here it must be tough.
We arrived at our destination and were received with fantastic hospitallity! We had the best home cooked Sunday lunch in a very long time, and it was enough for our cyclist appetite. We were made to feel so welcome we soon decided to stay an extra day here. We will therefore cycle the last kilometers into Kigali only on the 28th.
Thanks for all the support! We are also extremely thankful for all the donations received for Josiah Trust. Your generosity has been an inspiration to us throughout our journey! The target is R50000 and we are now at R42472.
Willem & Eva