Cyclists reach Hwange National Parks

HARARE - Three local cyclists riding across the 3 600km-long border of the country on an Anti-Poaching campaign sponsored by Dulys Motors had arrived in Hwange yesterday.

The trio – Ashley King, Mike Grey and female rider Linda Davidson – were in the Hwange National Park after being granted permission by the National Parks and Wildlife to use their facilities.

We would also like to acknowledge Hwange Pump Legs for Water Ride and wish them all the best and will be thinking of you as all ride in support of our wildlife.

“We would also like to acknowledge Hwange Pump Legs for Water Ride and wish them all the best and will be thinking of you as all ride in support of our wildlife,” read a post on the campaign’s Facebook page.

As of Thursday, which marked day 18 of the gruelling ride, the cyclists had covered 1556km. On the same day, the three cyclists rode for 94km between Umbakwe and Mpimbila in the Matabeleland South province.

On Tuesday, one of the riders, Linda Davidson, praised the support they were receiving from people along the way. 

“We are a team of people committed to completing this ride,” Davidson, one of the country’s most recognised female cyclists, wrote.

“We are somewhere around 1400km in, bruised, weary and heart-sore missing our families but ride we will. We have completed around 100km more than we planned, so far, just to make sure that the dots meet and we complete our objective of a continuous ride around our border. Yet all of this is only possible because you tell us it is so. You tell us every day that we are heard, we ask for 1000 likes you give us over 1100, we ask for a place to stay you give us your whole home (thank you Debs & AJ!) and we ask you for help for the Tuli Scouts and you start a bonfire of kit collection. This is it people, this is what it’s about. Alone we are a spark, with you we are becoming a wildfire. So thank you. My posts are done under an acacia or mopane or baobab tree and sent to my best friend, Tonya Meikle, she posts them but I am unable to get on Facebook. However when we have signal your messages come in to my email and every evening, around the camp fire, it has become a ritual to read your messages aloud to the team.”

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