Tracking by text

The Tour d’Afrique is passing through some of its wildest lands, driving east through central Sudan towards the Ethiopian border.

Those of us who’ve either done our riding or are waiting to go are reduced to tracking their progress on Google Earth, which conveys the distance but not the sweat, dust and toil involved, or waiting for phones to bleep.

Mine did so this morning as I was trying to shrug off the second-day-soreness after a 200km Audax training ride. An SMS from David Else said simply:

End of day 3. Past 2 days have been strong wind against and over 40 degrees. Very tiring. Turn south tmrw shd b better.

Looking out of my window at the 25cm of snow in London (unprecedented in twenty years) that’s put training on hold for now, Sudan and the Tour seem a long way away.

~ Tom Hall

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