'We've reached Vic Falls!'

HARARE - Two people, two bicycles, 1x2 wheel drive vehicle with just two backup crew and the utmost strength and determination of this amazing little team, to complete a 3600km journey along the boundary of Zimbabwe riding approximately 100km a day with the journey taking seven weeks to complete. 

Very impressive and an incredible challenge both mentally and physically and logistically. 

The cyclists are riding on an anti-poaching mission through the boarder of Zimbabwe, being sponsored by Dulys Motors.

It is the brainstorm of Ashley King accompanied by the well-known cyclist Linda Davidson.

To everyone’s relief, they have now reached Victoria Falls, having had no comms for a few days in the southern border of Hwange National Park and experiencing perhaps the hardest part of their journey which included sand, sand and more sand, hot days, freezing nights, wild animals, opening up roads with axes, bike and vehicle punctures and the worst of all, a shortage of water. 

This area was perhaps the most arduous of all.  Unknown territory where even the National Parks representatives barely know and were horrified to hear they had been on the boundary 'road'!

This journey started in Aberfoyle, following the western border heading south through Vumba, Chimanimani, Gonarezhou, Beit Bridge, Tuli, Plumtree, Hwange, Kazungula and now Victoria Falls.   

After a much needed rest day in Vic Falls they will now head up the eastern border to Kariba and north through the rest of the Zambezi Valley to finally reach the end of their journey, which was the beginning!

Writing on the campaign’s Facebook page, King said:

“For those of you who wondered if I was still on the ride, Linda said it was my turn to write today,” King wrote.

“Well it was never going to be plain sailing and Hwange proved that. From the start our intention was to ride the boundary road or as close as is practically possible so that is what we set out to do. Leading up to this week I kept telling Linda that it is downhill from Plumtree to Kanyemba - so some easy riding! In fact looking at some Plumtree school old boys I can confirm it is always downhill from there!”

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