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Old 01-03-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
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Wink Riding East Africa - Ethiopia and Eritrea

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a good start into the new year as I had (besides the common hangover)

I was not sure if I've ever posted the ride through Eritrea and Ethiopia which is the follow-on ride of "Jordan/Lawrence of Arabia" and "Sinai, Gods own country". But after checking my postings I found I never showed it to you. So here's a report from a rarely travelled region in East Africa from more than ten years ago. (I sometimes miss that old Africa Twin...)


Arriving from Jeddah/Saudi Arabia in the Port of Massawa. The ruins of the last war welcome us as our ship arrives in Massawa.


Massawa is supposed to be one of the hottest cities on the planet. We've spent one night there in a small hotel without AC. What a mistake! We got up in the middle of the night to have a shower (warm water only) to find ourselves sweating again 15 min later. No sleep at all.

Thank God Eritreas capital Asmara is situated high up in the mountains and the climate is much easier to handle for us. The road into the hills was a relief after a no-sleep night on the ferry and a night of similar repose.



Because Eritrea was colonised by the Italians, Asmara looks a bit Mediterranean though it is far from the coast.



Where ever we stop there's always a crowd of people gathering around the bikes. Or us. Or both.


At least our place to rest in Asmara was better than the one on the coast ;-)




Starting into the next day meant participating in the celebrations for the Asmara soccer team, They boys had just become the national cup winner.




As we enter Ethiopia huge mountains of more than 4500 meters rise in front of us. They belong to the Simien Mountains National Park.




The track leads to the Wolkefit Pass crossing the mountain range in more than 3000m hight.



Hope you enjoyed up to now.

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Old 01-03-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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I always appreciate your photographic skills and looking forward to this report, welcome back!

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Old 01-03-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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Now you have done it. I am hooked, more please!
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:51 AM   #4
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Looking like a great trip.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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Thanks mates for your comments. Here's the next leg of the trip.



These boys are already christian priests. They ask for a donation and offer blessings for a safe journey.



This busdriver had his first day behind the steering wheel. Don't know if he ever visited a driving school. The passengers however insited on leaving the bus when he started reversing in the hairpins of the Wolkefit Pass and the following descent.



South of the mountains we reach Lake Tana, Ethiopias biggest and Africas highest lake. We appreciate stopping for a chitchat outside the towns because in or near them its always crowded.


What I'm sayin'!



Near Bahr Dar, the Blue Nile is born out of Lake Tana. Locals call the Blue Nile Falls, Tisissat, smoking water. It will take the Blue Nile 4400kms to reach the Mediterranean Sea near Alexandria/Egypt.




We're follwong the Nile for a few kms till the road dips into the Nile Valley.



Lake Langano is already situated in the Rift Valley that in a few million years will seperate East Africa from the rest of the continent and will create a new ocean. Nowadays the shores are a good and calm place to rest. Don't think of getting your swimsuit out here: bilharziosis will be your souvenir. Those lake that are not contaminated with bilharziosis are also contaminated: With crocs


If you enter a lake in Ethiopia, do it in full gear only.



Hope you enjoyed the second part!

See you later

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Old 01-04-2010, 12:34 PM   #6
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????? Shouldn't you diet after xmas?

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I meant.... keep posting !!
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Yeah, keep it up !!!

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Old 01-05-2010, 12:56 AM   #10
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Love the pic`s

Jambo.. pikcha mzuri sana rafiki.. safari piki yangu, safi sana..
G'day.. really great pictures mate, Your bike journey, brilliant!

You have prompted me to get a ride report together for a post

Look forward to part 3

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Old 01-05-2010, 07:07 AM   #11
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A great read thus far.... waiting for part 3
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What stunning pictures!

If it took you ten years to post this your other RR's must have been unbelievable.

Can't wait to see more.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:50 AM   #13
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the lake pic with you waist deep in water is great.

what an epic road trip!

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What stunning pictures!

If it took you ten years to post this your other RR's must have been unbelievable.

Can't wait to see more.
Thanks mate,
in the last 10 years I've tried my best to become better

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Old 01-05-2010, 02:34 PM   #15
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Great! We were in Djibouti in 2006 and amazed at east Africa in general. Nice to see some east African content here!
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