This post is in part a tribute to luggage handlers on the presumably not terribly widely-travelled Melbourne-to-Khartoum air corridor. LP rider Quentin Frayne has made it to the Sudanese capital and, perhaps more remarkably, his bike made it with him despite transiting through six airports and three different airlines during a 35-hour odyssey.
Happily ensconced in a campsite a few miles south of central Khartoum, Quentin and David Else are spending the day bolting their bikes back together, meeting up with the other riders and loading their gear onto the trucks that accompany the cyclists.
Tomorrow Stage Two of the Tour d’Afrique – also known as The Gorge – sets out south from the Sudanese capital. The riders have five days of smooth riding on metalled roads ahead before the Ethiopian border, where things will get mountainous, rocky and very wild indeed.
~ Tom Hall