Rwanda
Gasabo District

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5 travelers at this place:

  • Day2

    Touchdown in Rwanda

    May 24 in Rwanda

    Arrived! And the bike's here also! Safely at the Scripture Union guest house rooming with Simon.
    Bike built and ready to go - except that my tiredness and diet of airplane food probably isn't condusive to any sort of exercise, let alone riding.
    Rwanda is really full of hills! On way here came down a 1:4 cobbled Street - thankfully don't think we're cycling that one.

  • Day3

    Getting acclimatised

    May 25 in Rwanda

    A day in Kigali, no proper cycling today although we did set the bikes up and have a little ride out - the cobbles certainly have a way of checking all is tightened well - it wasn't, but is now - hopefully!

    After we took a trip into Kigali, starting with the genoide memorial. Difficult to fully describe, over 250,000 people are interned there, no words really suffice. 24 years on and it's still raw. We came to Rwanda for a night in 1996 and looking back I don't think I understood the full magnitude of what had happened.

    After a great lunch at the Ubunwe Grande Hotel with amazing views over Kigali, it was a spot of shopping- African style ! Great fun and great people. Have to say we avoided the ‘clean meat place’ - so no Sunday roast I am afraid!

    Tonight had a talk by an amazing visionary who was behind the project to replace Burundian cows with friesian cows that produce loads more milk, lifting families out of poverty. His latest project is to produce organic stevia- a natural sugar substitute- and giving the producers free chicks to fertilise the land, a brilliant but simple idea. Lots of opposition from sugar producers and GM stevia seed manufacturers, but he is persevering and succeeding! Tomorrow we cycle!

    Psalm 67 1-2
    May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
    so that your ways may be known on earth
    your salvation among all nations.
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  • Day10

    Back to Kigali

    June 1 in Rwanda

    The final countdown. Up for breakfast at 6am 80 miles ahead of us. The first group (who were taking it at a slightly slower pace) left leaving 6 of us (including Kiki, team Rwanda and our mechanic) to enjoy a Rwandan coffee at a coffee shop next to the guest house. We set off in peloton formation - something we hadn't done all week as normally the terrain was steep hills. This was different - gently undulating hills allowed good peloton riding - and we soon picked up the pace. The group came back together after about 30 miles which signified the start of the annual 'race' - the rules simple those that want to race start about 10 minutes after those that don't. The first group cycle and wait at an unknown point to the racing group and that is the finish. Five of us raced. A rolling start, Kiki took off - in fairness there was only ever going to be one winner so it was really a race for second place! The course was short and kind to the heavier rider finishing on an uphill after a down hill, so after clinging on for dear life at the start with the advantage of extra momentum I managed to finish in the middle after Kiki and Wesley thank goodness for those extra pounds!?!

    However my legs after that were shot and as hard as I tried I could not keep up with the faster riders any longer. While the scenery was perhaps not as breathtaking as in previous days - familiarity was perhaps a factor the roads were much kinder with none on the long brutal climbs we had had before. We all regrouped about 15km from Kigali to ride in together. This was potentially the most risky part of the day as we came into a busy city. Riding in was straight forward and fairly flat, although this was Rwanda and hills were always present and coming into Kigali there were some steep climbs as we made our way back to the finish of our guest house.

    We all rolled in, tired but exhilarated. We had made it. A really hard week, with a number of individual days being the hardest days most had ever experienced. Eric's chips and sausage awaited - a perfect end to an 80 mile day and a 500 mile week.

    Chips, brochettes and beer at a nearby hotel was the evening fare, exhaust but happy we lasted until about 9.30. An amazing week, great riding, great friends and a great God.

    'But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.' (Isaiah 40:31)

    Remember you can still give to the work of GLO. The work they do is amazing, it literally changes and saves lives. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hughwells

    Thank you to Tallis Woomert (instagram @talliswoomert) for the amazing photos - you'll imediately see which ones! Do go to his instagram for more you won't be disappointed!

    Thank you to Simon Guillebaud www.simonguillebaud.com) for organising - an amazing trip.
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  • Day49

    Kigali, Rwanda

    October 29, 2016 in Rwanda

    Rwanda is dadelik anders: netjies, g'n rommel, beter paaie. In nat valleie sprei ryslande oop. Meer polisie (wat hou van kar deursoek). Geelbekwoue. Heuwels en nog heuwels. O, ja, en jy moet aan die regterkant van die pad ry... Kigali is groot en bedrywig. Vanaand het ons uitspattig gaan uiteet by 'n Indiese restaurant, en toe vir Patrick en Grace by die lughawe gaan aflaai - hulle vlieg nou terug SA toe ná drie weke op toer saam met my en Alice. Totsiens julle, dit was lekker!Read more

  • Day51

    Kigali - rondstap en dinge doen

    October 31, 2016 in Rwanda

    Gister was Sondag, en ons het gerus. Vandag doen ons 'n paar dinge in die stad, beginnende met koffie, ontbyt en poskaarte skryf by Ikerezi-boekwinkel, sommer naby ons hotel. Dit kyk uit oor die stad, nou en dan draai 'n jakkalsvoël hoog verby. Hierna besoek ons die roerende Genocide Memorial, 'n museum en gedenktuin. Dit is nou al 20 jaar gelede, maar dit is merkwaardig dat die Rwandese na so 'n volkstragedie kon herstel.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Gasabo District, District de Gasabo, Akarere ka Gasabo

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