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Old 01-22-07, 10:29 AM
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Whatever he did or didn't achieve after I met him he'd made it from Cape Town to Lusaka already (by bike) and really I feel no need to justify my every statement to you. Believe it if you want to, disregard it if that makes you happy. Quite why you feel the need to question in minute detail my every word is a mystery to me.

You really are a pain in the ***.

Flic doesn't need to know what Yoshi did or didn't do since she's on her trip, not his.
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Thomas Stevens cycled around the world on a penny farthing (as you probably know). There are any number of bikes available for 80 bucks that would have been a big improvement. My parents toured in Ireland post WWII and used a single speed and a 3 speed with drops, heavy primative bikes with miniscule paniers. They were still around when I was growing up. Lots of people in Africa cycle every day with whatever they have.

In my experience, particularly if it's not to technical, like nobody free solos 5.13 rock climbs simply out of enthusiasm, it's often the people who don't know too much who have the best success. I have even seen that in rock climbing at reasonable levels. As Tilman once said in response to the question of how he had managed to make so many impressive expeditions, what the trick was, he said "just put on your boots and walk out the door". My wife does not seem interested in africa. But she can go on a bike trip with seemingly pennies in her pocket, get something from a thrift store when she arrives. Now she has a mountain bike, what an upgrade, she's spoiled now.
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Old 01-22-07, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by chromedome
Doing something on an impulse is Ok when it comes to eating a pizza or buying a new pair of shoes, but it takes on an entirely different dimension when it involves riding a bike from on end of a continent to the other.
In your world, that may be the case. Some people are risk takers and aren't so concerned with the results. Dying in the desert is an acceptable risk to some....believe it or not
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Old 01-22-07, 12:26 PM
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hey everyone.... I'm in Egypt (!!!) ... I'll try and put a picture of me in egypt on my website so you can at least know that I am in Africa, I havn't got any of me and my bike yet, but tht will hopefully come soon. A dude whoose staying where I'm staying is gunna help me put him together in an hour or so... I mean I reckon I could do it by myself, but he says he'll help and I sure won't knock that back and also he says he knows a bit about derailleurs.... oh and my site is from an obscure server or whatever it is, because its my mates site, my mate set the site up for me like...

Um... yeah :-) happy cycling!
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Old 01-22-07, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by amaferanga

Flic doesn't need to know what Yoshi did or didn't do since she's on her trip, not his.
If, by what you say, she is on her own trip and not somebody else's, why did you offer help? Were you not the one that offered help and insight to her through PMs, relying on your own experience from your own trip? And were you not the one that offered encouragement in her own trip, and did not encourage her to be more prepared? Yoshi's experiences and advice would've been quite useful to her in route planning, nutition and water, places to stay, places to avoid. But instead you chose not to offer that to her, but withheld it instead. You seem to have tried to enable her failure, not her success. But really, did you offer her anything useful at all?
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Old 01-22-07, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by yater
In your world, that may be the case. Some people are risk takers and aren't so concerned with the results. Dying in the desert is an acceptable risk to some....believe it or not
Philosophically, that sounds great. Right up to the point of the risk of death. There were some other factors that some of us tried to warn her about: water-bourne disease, theft, violence, ****. These are very realistic outcomes to lack of planning or mitigation.
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Old 01-22-07, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Peterpan1
Thomas Stevens cycled around the world on a penny farthing (as you probably know). There are any number of bikes available for 80 bucks that would have been a big improvement. My parents toured in Ireland post WWII and used a single speed and a 3 speed with drops, heavy primative bikes with miniscule paniers. They were still around when I was growing up. Lots of people in Africa cycle every day with whatever they have.

In my experience, particularly if it's not to technical, like nobody free solos 5.13 rock climbs simply out of enthusiasm, it's often the people who don't know too much who have the best success. I have even seen that in rock climbing at reasonable levels. As Tilman once said in response to the question of how he had managed to make so many impressive expeditions, what the trick was, he said "just put on your boots and walk out the door". My wife does not seem interested in africa. But she can go on a bike trip with seemingly pennies in her pocket, get something from a thrift store when she arrives. Now she has a mountain bike, what an upgrade, she's spoiled now.
And there's more to climbing a mountain than putting on a pair of boots.
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Old 01-22-07, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by chromedome
If, by what you say, she is on her own trip and not somebody else's, why did you offer help? Were you not the one that offered help and insight to her through PMs, relying on your own experience from your own trip? And were you not the one that offered encouragement in her own trip, and did not encourage her to be more prepared? Yoshi's experiences and advice would've been quite useful to her in route planning, nutition and water, places to stay, places to avoid. But instead you chose not to offer that to her, but withheld it instead. You seem to have tried to enable her failure, not her success. But really, did you offer her anything useful at all?
Yep, I've got it now.

You're just a pain in the ***.
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Old 01-22-07, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Flic
hey everyone.... I'm in Egypt (!!!) ... I'll try and put a picture of me in egypt on my website so you can at least know that I am in Africa, I havn't got any of me and my bike yet, but tht will hopefully come soon. A dude whoose staying where I'm staying is gunna help me put him together in an hour or so... I mean I reckon I could do it by myself, but he says he'll help and I sure won't knock that back and also he says he knows a bit about derailleurs.... oh and my site is from an obscure server or whatever it is, because its my mates site, my mate set the site up for me like...

Um... yeah :-) happy cycling!
Where are you staying, Flic? Did you find a budget place in town? What's the name of the place? If you want something that's fun to do, you can go to the YMCA on Goumhouraya Street any evening and chat it up with people there. They also offer inexpensive meals there, and I'm sure you'll make a friend there in a hurry that will buy for you. You also might be able to get some useful info on the route south of there. And the Lehnert and Landrock book store will have maps and guide books for you.
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Old 01-23-07, 07:18 AM
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Yeah I'm stayin at Tallat harb... pretty central location I reckon. Put Edward together last night by myself without a hitch, except for the fact that the bloody pump didn't fit. I know I know I was meant to check it before i left but I ran out of time. Its like the valve doesn't fit on my tube because my valves are more like motorbike valves apparently... I got a new pump, but its pretty big! Its like one of those foot pumps you know! But no matter. On the way to the bikeshops I was lucky enough to discover that the twiddly part ont he quickrelease wheel can fall off if yu don't d them up... so i was able to sort that out there too... I was pretty happy about that, because if it hadn't happened I wouldn't have known, and might have lost the part when I wasn't able to get a new one for like a dollar... Book the bus ticket for the morning so i'm headed to the desert hopefully.... everythin's goin well :-)
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Old 01-23-07, 07:22 AM
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sorry the name of the place is Lialy Hostel... its 25 Egyptian pounds a night... about $4.30 US... or $3.30 Euros... there are probably more budget places around... but I'm happy enough with it, its hassle free and theres free breakfast as well.
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Old 01-23-07, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Flic
Yeah I'm stayin at Tallat harb... pretty central location I reckon. Put Edward together last night by myself without a hitch, except for the fact that the bloody pump didn't fit. I know I know I was meant to check it before i left but I ran out of time. Its like the valve doesn't fit on my tube because my valves are more like motorbike valves apparently... I got a new pump, but its pretty big! Its like one of those foot pumps you know! But no matter. On the way to the bikeshops I was lucky enough to discover that the twiddly part ont he quickrelease wheel can fall off if yu don't d them up... so i was able to sort that out there too... I was pretty happy about that, because if it hadn't happened I wouldn't have known, and might have lost the part when I wasn't able to get a new one for like a dollar... Book the bus ticket for the morning so i'm headed to the desert hopefully.... everythin's goin well :-)
Check the valve at the end of your pump. See if it unscrews and has a reversible part inside that will then allow you to use it on a schrader-type valve (it is like a car valve, wide with a rubber or metal stem and a little pin valve in the center). If so, your pump is OK.
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Old 01-23-07, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Flic
I was pretty happy about that, because if it hadn't happened I wouldn't have known (snip) everythin's goin well :-)
Now *that* is a proper attitude.
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Old 01-24-07, 04:36 PM
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Old 01-29-07, 09:14 AM
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hey everyone... fopr anyone who is interested, everything is still goin' well... I've checked out some of the desert oasis's and bringing Edward along hasn't been a problem... he travels in with the luggage on the bus or one time in the bus with me because he wouldn't fit. Also on top of the 4-wheels drives. In Siwa Oasis I was able to ride around and see the sights which was loads of fun! I did get run off the road by a donkey driver into the palm trees who then tried to grab me a couple of time, but I fought him off and was able to get away. Again, I'm lucky this happened when I was just riding around, my bike was unloaded and so easy to move around during the get away... I now know better what to look for and how to avoid this situation.

Oh and CHenry, by the way you were totally right, I had a play with the pump myself and took it appart and made it fit. Unfortunately, so many people have played with it that I know one of the pieces is missing. I can get it to blow up the tube, but when I put it in the tyre, it won't. I guess because its a **** pump also doesn't help. I don't think the one I bought works either... I am on the lookout for something better anway.... for now though there are bike shops (well sort of bike shops) everywhere, so I should be able to hook something up... Also bought some occy straps today, should have got them in Australia!

Oh and on the way back from a hot spring I had my first forray into riding without underwear... wahey! Proper cyclist here I come! Anyway if anyone's interested further, check my site :-) and happy cycling! tommorow I go to Assyut and from there up the Nile towards Sudan!
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Originally Posted by amaferanga
Yep, I've got it now.

You're just a pain in the ***.
Amaferanga, I've just realised from another thread that he just likes pedantic argument and just has to get in the last word in, whether it means anything or not. Once you realise that, it's easier to deal with.

Hey Flic, can you post up the URL for your website again to save us searching back through the previous pages? Thanks.
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Hey Flic, can you post up the URL for your website again to save us searching back through the previous pages? Thanks.
I figure she's busy so here you are: https://www.wanderingword.com/nucleus/rad.php
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I made it to Assyut... Yeah you'd think I'd be busy wouldn't you reprobate, but given that theres a policeman tailing me around and questioning everything I do in Egyptian, I'm kind of limited. This morning when I put Edward on the bus I realised that like the cable going into the gears at the handlebars was up the creek. I took it to a dude, who made it worse, and then I managed to fix it myself... stoked! Since then the policeman has watched me eat and is now sitting next to me... its pretty creepy. I've tightened all the things up on my bike and I think that tommorow morning early I will start trying to cycle... I have no idea if this is feasible, given I already have a dude following me now... but we'll see... Its a little bit scarey really... :-)
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Originally Posted by Flic
I made it to Assyut... Yeah you'd think I'd be busy wouldn't you reprobate, but given that theres a policeman tailing me around and questioning everything I do in Egyptian, I'm kind of limited. This morning when I put Edward on the bus I realised that like the cable going into the gears at the handlebars was up the creek. I took it to a dude, who made it worse, and then I managed to fix it myself... stoked! Since then the policeman has watched me eat and is now sitting next to me... its pretty creepy. I've tightened all the things up on my bike and I think that tommorow morning early I will start trying to cycle... I have no idea if this is feasible, given I already have a dude following me now... but we'll see... Its a little bit scarey really... :-)
Given that you've been the target of an attempted sexual assault already, you may want to take a picture of this guy and note any sort of identification he may have such as what colour uniform he is wearing (each of the security branches have different uniforms and different duties) and whether or not he is in a vehicle, if he is, take down his license no.

If you can, you can also ring up your local consulate and ask them what to say to ask him what his purpose is in following you around.

Edit:

Ok, I did a quick search on "Assyut" on Google and the policeman may actually be there to protect you from fundamentalists:

https://lexicorient.com/egypt/assyut.htm

Sorry, but everything tells you to stay away from Assyut. This is the place where the Egyptian police has most trouble upholding guaranties for visitors' safety. ....
But for every thousand tourist, there is one fascinated by danger, and he or she couldn't do better in Egypt, than visiting Assyut. ....
All I can say, for the time being, is: Make your stay in Assyut as short as possible, and I hope you don't miss that last train out from Assyut. ...

Very good on hotels, but note that Western tourists are not always welcomed by hotels these days. Western tourists bring the police to the hotel area (to secure your protection, of course), and many hotel owners could do well without just this.
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Originally Posted by amaferanga
Flic doesn't need to know what Yoshi did or didn't do since she's on her trip, not his.
Only the biggest i***t in the world would be blind to the fact that Flic needs as much assist as she can.
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I took it to a dude, who made it worse, and then I managed to fix it myself... stoked!
I hear you. Someday, I hope, we'll all be stoked.
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I made it to Sohag! STOKED! you know one day cycling and I made it there... not even a day.... I was hella quick! Its 115km... I think I was in a car for 15 of them near the begining when I got hit by the police car escorting me.... the rear rim got bent and it was either ride in the car to some mechanic or ride the bike, so I took the opiton of riding the bike.... and I made it no worries and have since had it fixed by a brilliant guy! the breakpad is sort of split though. I think it might hurt getting backj on the bike tommorow morning!I can't find a break pad thing that has the right thread on the screw... is rubber cementing a breakpad an acceptable option?Also... is it bad if you always ride in the same gear.... is it wearing away that one quicker? thankyou!!!
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would you trust rubber cement to hold together the only thing that can stop you?
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well I thought it was ok given that I can't get a new one right now... I've found dragging my feet on the ground seems to stop me too...

Managed to back up the 100km with a 130km the next day... so things are going ok.
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