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Old 01-15-20, 10:22 PM
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A number of years ago I was given a book about three English men who rode from South Africa to London. They rode two bikes, an old English tandem and a single. Along the way the author developed a tumor and had one of his testicles removed. The "sub" title of the book was something like "123 flats, 67 broken spokes and one testicle". Does anyone here know of it? Many thanks, Andy
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Id want to read that.
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Hey there senor A, you know I was going to say that doing a trip like that takes balls, but that would be terribly inappropriate and technically wrong, so I shant stoop that low ;-)

dumbassery aside, good luck finding book.
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Made me laugh out loud.
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Must be a rare book since it doesn't readily show up on Google.

BTW I see that Neil Peart (drummer for Rush, RIP) wrote a book, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa. Sounds pretty good, "Peart’s “masks” are the masks that we wear–culture, psychology, labels, expectations–and his book reveals how traveling in a very foreign land allows us to peer behind them".
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What did I win?
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dont know what you win, but good find.

you know the thing I thought of the most of this trip was riding a three person bike on dirt roads....ooooooof....tough.
I ride a lot on snow and have ridden my touring bike on loose surfaces, and its one thing doing this and all the body language etc you do on loose stuff on your own, but with not one but two guys behind you on a very heavy bike....they must have walked that bike a lot.....

pretty bonkers idea they had
and geez, you read the blurb and "numerous bouts of malaria" stick out....I know someone who had malaria a few years ago, and it was pretty crappy sounding, dealing with it on a bike trip must have been fun.
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Interesting find. A few comments:
- This trip was done in the late 1980s. Road in Africa have improved significantly since then.
- The route map between Nairobi and Khartoum shows a straight line. I'm guessing they flew for political/logistical reasons. This region is mostly Sahara desert areas (or Ethiopian highlands if they went a bit further east) as well as politically sensitive. After that perhaps following the Nile and/or on the water e.g. Lake Nassar?
- Even for that period, 278 punctures is a huge amount. When I went in 2013, we encountered a lot of thorns. Tires were perhaps better (I had two flats, lower than average but even members in my group with most were less than 50)
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