Ring Around Victoria

So I’ve got this idea in my head and I can’t make it go away. It just means I’ll have to follow through.

I am going to ride a bicycle around Lake Victoria. I have been thinking about it since I first saw the lake flying into Entebbe Airport. I miss bicycles, and all the dirt roads in this country are begging to be ridden by clunking steel bikes which are found all over the place. I’m gonna get me one of those super-solid stallions and schlepp it through three countries and around the world’s third largest lake.

Also I plan to use this stunt as a fund raiser for the organization I have been involved with called PMK Save the Future Generation. I strongly support the organization for its local roots and its will to empower impoverished people rather than to simply hand out aid. This is not the kind of bogus aid work conducted by white people in shining, white Land Rovers who skitter about handing free school supplies and crop seeds and dental care to just anyone. These are real Ugandans hoping to boost their community from the ground up by encouraging and motivating the impoverished to change their own lives. They have already conducted several adult education workshops and have plans for more which will teach business management skills, will writing, and basic literacy in English and math. And the ideas keep on coming.

The trip is daunting, but I’m not really worried. I’m just going to do it, period. It’ll be roughly 1100 miles of riding over the course of 50 or so days. That’s a fairly laisurely pace with plenty of room for mistakes and rest days. Now I just have to get prepared.

I have been promoting the event, slinging the story to local newspapers and online by flinging the facebook page all over. Hopefully I can raise enough money to cover the cost of the trip and have plenty left over which will be donated in full to PMKSFG. I’m fighting with the Paypal donation button I’ve put on the facebook page, so if anyone has advice on making it function properly, it would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, donations can be madusing major credit cards at this donation site.

The mission begins in mid-June. Stay tuned for some thrilling adventure stories.

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