Monday, March 31, 2008

Khartoum to Addis Abebba

The bad news is that Gonder gets a foot of rain in July. And the 187 kms from the border at Metema to there is dirt, er, soup. The good news is that the 735 kms from Gonder to Addis Abbeba appears to be paved the whole way. And the 600 kms from Khartoum to Metema is new tarmac.

The biggest two days of the Cairo to Nairobi leg of our trip will be the attempt to make it from Khartoum to Addis Abbeba with just one sleep in between. We'll leave Khartoum at the call to prayer and run 400 kilometers of tarmac through the desert. This will take us through sun-up and into the morning. We'll hope to run the last 200 kms through the plains and foothills to Metema before the middle of the afternoon. After smiling through the border, we'll make the run south of the Simiens to Gonder. After a short sleep we'll get up with the next morning's call and get ready to head to Addis. If we can stretch out 735 kms on the tarmac then we'll have made the run in two days. Surely, this can't be much worse than the Montreal to Happy Valley run...

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