two wheels making a world of difference


Memories from Tanzania

Thursday
Mar 8, 2012
by Dudley at 9:11 am
Wofford English professor John Ware pedals through scenic countryside with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.

Wofford English professor John Ware pedals through scenic countryside with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.

John Ware emerging from his room on the first morning in Tanzania, right before breakfast: "I remember it most distinctly because we arrived late the night before and this was our first opportunity to see where we were."

By JOHN WARE

I thought that I’d list four highlights of the trip for me.

1. Meal: Breakfast at the Kiboko Lodge near Arusha. The meal was good (bananas, chipati, eggs, and coffee), but I remember it most distinctly because we arrived late the night before and this was our first opportunity to see where we were.

2. Activity: Football. Strange as it may sound, our cycling trip actually began and ended with football. Shortly after meeting the Kenyan and Tanzanian members of our group, David Kinjah from the Safari Simbaz cycling team found a local soccer field near the Babylon Hotel where we were staying. Although community teams were on the field already, we staked out a small pitch behind one goal and provided an alternative match to watch.

The ride from Snow Cap Cottages to Ndarakwai Lodge had a "dusty, high-speed finish."

3. Ride: Snow Cap Cottages to Ndarakwai. While every section of the route provided thought-provoking imagery, this section featured a number of villages, encounters with the Masaai tribe, vistas of Kilimanjaro, baboons, and a dusty, high-speed finish.

Kennedy Oduor Onondi, a Kenyan representing the Kilimanjaro Initiative, stands with members of globalbike as he prepares to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

4. Moment. Any number of moments might fit this slot; however, the transformation of Kennedy Oduor Onondi, a Kenyan representing the Kilimanjaro Initiative, from cyclist to mountaineer stands out. Since we stayed to deliver bicycles to various community leaders and to attend the flagging off ceremony for the Africa UNiTE climbers, we were able to see Kennedy process in with the other climbers.

"This trip demonstrated the ability of sport to bring people from diverse backgrounds together as a community."

John Ware is an English professor at Wofford College. He cycled around Mount Kilimanjaro with globalbike during Feb-March, 2012.

Comments

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by Joy on Thu, 2013-11-21 11:54

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by caritasvillage2013 on Mon, 2013-12-09 00:50

Many people with different race enjoy this. It will really improve camaraderie. - YOR Health

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