Biking to the Pits
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Bikes: 1991 Rock 'n Road with two wheel sets, 1980 Univega Viva Sport with TA triple
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Bike Touring in Djibouti (and Egypt)
Hello, Bike Forum Folk,
Interested in what it's like to pedal through Djibouti? it's a midget republic unhappily sandwiched between Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia. I couldn't find it on a map before I made up my mind to cycle to the lowest point on six continents, and Djibouti holds the lowest point in Africa: Lac Assal, 505 feet below sea level. I expected the worst from Djibouti, but found something entirely different, and heartily recommend the country for a cyclist looking for a place few bother to visit. If you'd like to take a peek at what Djibouti looks like, check out the website for my new Sierra Club book, www.IntoThickAir.com
, and click on the link to the Flickr.
I've photos from my trip through Egypt, too, but have yet to post them. If you're keen on Eygpt, I'm afraid you'll have to check out the book. It's not so much about my bike as the pleasure of being outside, on a bike, and free to go where I like and camp where I please. That's why I ride. But I'm happy to field questions on bike touring, especially for those considering a ride to far-away deserts where the info is might scant.