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April 2012 Newsletter

Trans – Europa Scouting Report

The scouting of the Along the Riviera and Iberian Crossing sections of the Trans-Europa from Venice to Lisbon is now complete.  Our experienced scouting team of Cristiano and Gergo are safe and sound in Toronto and Budapest respectively.  The scout photos are on our website and we’re itching to start the Tour in July.   

It’s starting to sink in just what an amazing Tour this will be.  We will pass through an extraordinary 14 countries on our route, hear 13 distinct languages, have a chance to taste nearly 20 regional cuisines, visit 9 capital cities, meet fellow riders and staff from 6 countries, and of course cycle across the entire European continent as no Tour has ever done before!

Read more.

Wanderlust 2012 World Guide Awards

Sharita made it to the short-list – one of the last 10 – no surprise. Thanks for all your support so far!
Now the deadline is approaching (May 1st) so this is the last chance to vote Sharita for World's Best Travel Guide.

Details here.

All Roads Lead to Rome

Registrations continue to come in for our first annual Alumni Event in Rome this October. We now have almost 25 alumni signed up so don't miss out.

Tours represented at the event so far:

Silk Route  2007, 2012
Indian Adventure 2011
Orient Express 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011
Tour d' Afrique 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011
Vuelta Sudamericana 2009

Each day of this event brings a new bicycle tour in or around the city. For example:

Day 6.  Appian Way, 6 hours

Pedaling out of Rome on a 2,300 year-old cobblestone road we’ll pass an ancient sepulcher, a Roman statue, the ruins of a circus and an imperial palace.  Leaving the "Regina viarum" we’ll head towards the ancient Roman aqueducts that rise over the fields into the horizon and follow them on their way to Rome; going through the Caffarella Park, a preserved strip of land of the Roman countryside that impressed such 19th century travelers as Byron, Goethe and Stendhal.A journey into a unique environment in which miraculously intact nature, free from modernization, forms a backdrop to the continuous passage of historical, cultural and artistic events.Dinner included in Roman Trattoria. Entrance for Catacombs included.

Facebook

If you haven't already liked us on Facebook, please go to our page and do so. There is so much more there than just updates on our expeditions. Recent postings have included:

Preparing for the Silk Route…with a twist.
Cowboys herding cats.
Trailer for our cool book
Elephants Patrol
Texts from my Dog

As well as some pretty amazing photos…

Tour d'Afrique 2013

Prices and dates are now ready. Please check them out here.

Orient Express 2013

Prices and dates are now ready. Please check them out here.

The End of the World

Where will you be when the world ends? How about cycling with Tour d'Afrique? Sound crazy? It is but stay tuned for details…

Read This

Never mind that this is a great book…this author has the best titles ever! This is the sequel to her two other books about Africa: Scribbling the Cat & Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. See what I mean!

In Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Alexandra Fuller braids a multi-layered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother's childhood; the emotionally frozen landscape of her father's English childhood; and the darker, civil war- torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. A story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of the author's family.

For those of us fortunate to have spent time in Africa, this book will resonate. For those of you still waiting to go, read this book. It will convince you to visit this most amazing continent.


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