About

  After graduating college i decided the 9-5 grind in an office was not for me. I have been working seasonal jobs for the past couple years which include Alta Ski Resort, a fire crew with the Forest Service, and cashiering at a restaurant. Seasonal work gives me the flexibility to travel during the off season. I have completed both the Continental Divide and Appalachian trails, and this year i decided to give hiking a rest and bike through Africa. This journey will take me through 10 Countries, starting at the Mediterranean in Alexandria, Egypt to Cape Town South Africa. You will find a link below to subscribe to my blog for updates. Please feel free to post messages and comments on the blog. I will update as frequently as possible depending on connectivity.

Why I am biking through Africa?
I chose to go on a bike tour this winter as opposed to a hiking trip because I wanted to try something new. Being on a bike allows me to cover larger distances and eat better tasting food as I dont have to worry about food weight in the same way I do when I go backpacking. It also seems like the ideal way to travel through different countries because being on a bike as opposed to a car or other motorized vehicle forces you to slow down and interact more with your surroundings while remaining in good physical health. I chose the Tour d Afrique route through the African continent because I wanted to travel through a place significantly different from anywhere I’ve been before.  This route was designed to avoid going through some of the most unstable regions and should be relatively safe. We also hear a lot of stories about “Africa” (as if its a homogeneous country) on the news that purport it to be a turbulent place full of civil unrest, disease, poverty, and immense suffering. I wanted to see for myself what each of the 10 countries Ill travel through is really like and has to offer. How their view of the world and way of life is similar or different from my own. I also want to learn how to overcome new challenges such as language/cultural barriers. there has been a lot of voiced concerns from friends and family about the safety of this trip. Rest assured I will not take any undue risks and have taken a number of precautions for my health and well being.
Riley Quine