Introduction

Welcome! We are Maria and Spiros, two slightly adventurous souls, who on January 12th, 2008 will begin a year long journey of a lifetime. The first part of our adventure will begin at the foot of the Pyramids in Giza, where we will embark on the 6th edition of the Tour D’Afrique. Starting in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Cape Town, South Africa, the Tour D’Afrique is a 12,000 km, 120 day cycling race/expedition across the exotic and intriguing African continent. More challenges and adventure are sure to follow as we then continue riding our bikes through Europe and Asia.

Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for WaterCan, a charity providing clean water and sanitation to impoverished communities, and Against Malaria which works to donate bed nets to fight Malaria, a devastating disease that kills over a million people a year.

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Why Do This?

We are doing this for the opportunity to see, live and share the real Africa, beyond what we see in the news clips and movies, to feel the history of the ancient worlds of Asia and to experience different cultures. We are doing this for the physical, mental and emotional challenge of crossing continents on our bicycles. To escape the 9 to 5 routine and feel the excitement of not knowing what we will see, what we will do or where we will sleep that day. And, most importantly, for the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on someone’s life. As cyclists, we could not imagine a better way to see the world then from the seat of our bicycle. This journey has pre-occupied our hearts and minds for what now seems an eternity. We’ve spent too many years behind a desk, dreaming of this. The time has come to live our dream.

Join Us As We Cycle The Road Less Travelled

We hope you join us on our journey by supporting our charities and by reading along in the journal! You’ll see the snows of Kilimanjaro, the Big Five of Botswana and the deserts of Namibia, through the eyes of two weary cyclists. You’ll share in the joy and laughter, the sweat and the tears, there will be plenty of each. We promise to tell you about the amazing moments when life is beautiful and the possibilities seem endless and the not-so-great moments, when we are tired, frustrated and the realities of the third world have set in.

Someone sent us a quote once. We don’t know who first wrote it, but we love it.

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming
“WOO HOO what a ride!”