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    Question - "What does having a dream mean to you?"
    Answer - "A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished,
    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004
     

    Image: My friend Norman Watts who had also joined me by sea kayak in PNG. My friend Norman Watts who had also joined me by sea kayak in PNG.
    Image: Bloodied, trying to provide an update to Wes Krause at African Environments. Bloodied, trying to provide an update to Wes Krause at African Environments.
    Image: My GPS chartplotter was completely hammered. My GPS chartplotter was completely hammered.

    Serious crash...
    June 26, 2011    5.4983S,38.4792E
    Our ride south with my friend Norman Watts was progressing nicely at a steady clip until today. I had a serious crash with my bicycle flying headlong over my handlebar scraping across the pavement. I was able to gather the bicycle which fortunately was not damaged. The GPS unit which was attached to the handlebar bag was completely trashed. My ARGOS beacon which had been tossed off my trailer also quit transmitting since the crash.

    On paved roads in Tanzania, there are rumble strips placed across the road which extend into the shoulder on either side. These are meant to warn the traffic of a coming hump to slow down the vehicles. Such bumps are typically placed where there is a village or a town market. In addition, there are rumble strips before a bridge and after a bridge, before a curve and after a curve, and so on. They are ubiquitous. The problem with this set up is that the rumble strips themselves are three or four speed bumps about two feet apart. The heavy trucks have to slow down for these, but they do nothing to the main obstacles on the road: the bus drivers that haul passengers to and from Dar es Salaam. They rumble right along at great speeds, honking their way to oblivion thru settlements and past locals on bicycles.

    These rumble strips throw axles out of alignment, they destroy small cars, they are hazards for motorcycles, and who cares about bicycles??? A third of the buses and trucks on the roads are driving crooked with their rear axles thrown out of position over their leaf springs. The Tanzanian government is destroying their national treasure: their fleet of vehicles that move goods, services and people.

    One of those strips today was in my way when I heard a bus behind me. The strips were flattened by the tires of the heavy traffic. I was going around another bicyclist aiming for the mid road, but with the approaching bus noise I veered toward the side, hitting rougher part of the strips. The bicycle bounced over these, front wheel, back wheel, rattling out of control. Then I was lying on the grass on the roadside...

    I hyperextended my left thumb which is now swollen and taped to my index finger. Shifting gears will be a challenge with no thumb. Under my right forearm is a nasty road rash with lacerations and gouged skin near the elbow. Fortunately I did not break my elbow in the fall. I am limping a bit as my right hip joint was also impacted, and lifting my right leg is a problem. I am grateful that Norman was with me and we were right in a reasonably sized town called Kabuku which had guesthouses. We were able to clean the wounds with bottled water, scraping out the dirt, then applying antiseptic rinse to it. For now, as long as the wound is not infected, I should be fine.

    REMINDER: We are working with Mountain Madness and our local partner African Environments to oversee the construction of 20 additional classrooms at the Mateves Secondary School in Arusha. We need your help in spreading the word for this specific cause and we will apply your tax-deductible donations directly to the same until my launch on the South Atlantic in mid-September.

    Erden.
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    Got bicycle, will travel!    May 10, 2011
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