Welcome to our trip!

We, Tanya Edwards and Simon Bihr, are currently on a 2 year cycling and rock climbing trip through Europe and Africa in aid of ‘Save the Rhino’. Our trip started on May, 9th 2017, so we are on the road for 435 days. On this page you can follow our joy and suffering on the bike and follow our exploration off the beaten track.

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Recent blog posts:

Goodbye Khartoum (Sudan #10)

Sanosi and his friends took us on a speed boat ride on the Nile, at sunset to where the Blue and White Nile meet. The significance and importance of these two rivers was not lost on us, as we have followed it mostly up until this point. On the way back we speeded towards the fancy Corinthia hotel, lit up over the bridge that connects Tuti Island with the mainland. With Simon and I being treated so well, we didn't ...

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Confronting my Prejudices - Tobs and Burqas (Sudan #9)

If you told me I would be at a souk, in a suburb of Khartoum called Kalakla, walking hand in hand down the street with a woman completely veiled in a Burqa... I might have laughed at you. Let me explain. We took a bus into the suburb to meet Abdel, our friend from Dongola, who was visiting his brother. Finding the bus was not so easy - there are no bus stop signs. Local people just know where the buses ...

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Henna Day with the Ladies (Sudan #8)

I was treated to another henna party! Sanosi's mom and wife, Masa, organised the henna party and we had some fun! About 15 women got together and I got henna designed on my arms and feet. I felt really bad that the young woman had to work with my ugly feet. After 7000 km of cycling and many sessions of rock climbing, they looked even worse than before! Considering what she was working with, she was very gracious. The design ...

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Whirling Dervishes, a Wedding and Aggressive Hospitality - Khartoum (Sudan #7)

In Khartoum, we were lucky enough to stay with an amazing host - Sanosi - and his family. Here, we also got to witness fascinating cultural events such as the Sudanese Whirling Dervishes. After a few days in the desert, coming home to a cosy guest room and taking a much needed shower was exactly what we needed. They fed us a large meal and served enough tea and coffee for us to be completely satisfied. Arriving at his place ...

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Pyramids of Meroe (Sudan #6)

Pyramids of Meroe (Sudan #6)

The road lead us through the flat, sandy terrain until we looked to our left and there it was: the Pyramids of Meroe. They were standing on top of the soft-sanded dunes which defined its ancient setting. This is Sudan's prime tourist attraction. Though, as we cycled through the sand towards the elaborate tombs, we realised there was no one here but us. The most amazing thing about the Pyramids of Meroe is that there is (hardly) anybody around. You are ...

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