Getting anxious

Training ride with Dr. Greg Gramelspacher in NYC

Training ride with Dr. Greg Gramelspacher in NYC


Three months until departure. Many a day wondering if I should reconsider this “off the charts” African adventure. I’m training and feeling good pretty good, other than some nagging old age issues. Trying to do about 200 miles a week, a little yoga and some strength training. The idea is to be strong when I get to Cairo and prepared for the heavy riding schedule. The big thing is not to over train and get burned out too early.

Plenty of preparations needed like getting multiple visas, vaccinations, packing all the right meds and getting my bike ready for many tough miles. I have to manage my packing so to bring only what is absolutely necessary. We are very limited on room, (two duffle bags) and after all the camping gear, spare parts, toiletries, electronics, etc. there’s not much room for luxuries like underwear. The suggested packing list is 3 t-shirts, 2 long shirts, 2 shorts, 1 pr long pants, rain gear, fleece, hat, towel, bathing suit, causal shirt and long underwear….. That’s it for 4 months. Wow.





  1. Hi Mike. I can understand the anxiety as that is a heck of a challenging ride in front of you. Good thing you’ve done other challenging rides in which you’ve developed that day by day mental toughness. What amazing things you will see and people you will meet…such a great way to experience that part of the world. I look forward to the vicarious journey thanks to you!

  2. Hi Mike. I’m just completing the Baja Peninsula section of TDA’ s North American Epic Tour. I’m using that tour, and following your blog, to decide whether or not I would like to do the Africa tour. I’m pleased to say that TDA passed the test in all regards on the Baja leg. Moreover, some of the riders and leaders on the Baja section have also done the Africa tour, and all speak well of the organization and the riding experience of TDA’ s prime jewel. It’s a tough trip, no doubt, but if you can stick it out it will surely be one of life’s most fantastic experiences. I haven’t made my decision yet – I don’t know if I’ve got what it takes – but I wish you all the luck in the world and I’ll be following your blog with great interest. Mike Gemus, author of Ocean Passages.

  3. Thanks Mike. Glad you enjoyed your first experience with TDA. I’m also not sure if I have what it takes to complete the African tour, but we’ll eventually find out.

  4. Maxi dresses make such a statement and I love this boho look on yo!aTulking about priorities I once almost forgot my little girl in the super market …and husband was with me ,too.She was in her pram but we only cared about the super market trolley.

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