Bautista blogs from Experience Africa adventure

Monday, 28 November 2011

The first of a series of blog posts from Alvaro Bautista who is participating in Riders for Health Experience Africa

The Spanish rider submitted the first of several blog posts from his adventure with the humanitarian organization, Riders for Health. Bautista left for Zambia on November 23rd to join a group of people taking part in the ride through Zambia which continues until the end of the month.

Experience Africa,

I have just finished my second day in Zambia, and my first full day riding and seeing Africa. We arrived in Zambia and had a day to get used to the bikes that we would be riding. They aren’t quite as quick as the ones that I am used to, but they seem just right for where we will be going.

This morning we left Lilayi lodge before 9am and began our ride to the Moorings campsite, six hours away. This is my first time riding through Africa and it has been a real eye-opener. When you see how isolated the villages are and how bad the roads and tracks are, it is really obvious what an important job the motorcycles do, and how much they help the health workers.

We have ridden through villages and met lots of people, and what amazes me the most is how happy the children are that we meet. Although they have so little, they are so pleased to see us. It is the kind of excitement and happiness that children get in Spain when they see Santa.

I have been riding for just one day, and I have already had an incredible experience. I always knew that it was important to support Riders for Health when I donated items to the auctions, but to see what they do with the money is amazing.

I can’t wait until tomorrow.

Alvaro

For more information on how you can join Experience Africa 2012 please email experienceafrica@riders.org

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