Latest update from the Tour d’Afrique in Botswana:
LP’s hardy travel editor Tom Hall was enjoying the ride so much yesterday he somehow missed the camp spot, and just kept on cycling down the Elephant Highway.
After doing another 80km or so (on top of the day’s 160km) Tom realised something was wrong, but decided going on was better than turning back. He managed to phone someone in the UK who in turn phoned the Tour d’Afrique base in Canada, but they couldn’t get a message to the Tour d’Afrique support truck. In the end, the truck chased Tom nearly all the way to Maun, the end of the NEXT day’s ride.
So Tom, by accident, has combined two days in one – a total of 270km. A good ride, and impressive under usual circumstances, although in this case (in Tom’s own words) his little endurance exploit ‘caused a bit of a stink’.
Still, at least Tom will enjoy the rest day tomorrow…