Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mountain Bike Adventure!

We went mountain biking (for the first time) around the gorgeous countryside and volcanoes of northwestern Rwanda on Tuesday. Kim, the Director of Project Rwanda, a terrific organization committed to furthering the economic development of Rwanda through various initiatives based on the bicycle, had pledged to show us the "real" Rwanda. We did a three hour loop, through rural villages not accessible by road, climbing up to an overlook where we could see Lake Ruhondo and a dramatic chain of volcanoes. It was stunning. Kids from the villages would chase us and shamefully they could run faster than I could bike up the mountains. Riding with us was a member of the Rwandan National Cycling Team, their mechanic, and a few friends. It was great fun.

I also acquired a super chic Project Rwanda jersey! And because of it I feel compelled to pick up cycling as a new hobby when I return to the States so that I can flaunt it ;-)


  1. I loved reading about all of your adventures...especially Mali. I am waiting at the Kigali airport for my 3am flight. Reading your stories was a great way to fill up some of the time. I can't wait to hear more. It was great meeting you and I wish you luck on the rest of your travels....Danielle

  2. Thanks Danielle. It was fantastic meeting you as well, really glad you joined us for the gorillas, hopefully we'll meet again in San Diego. Good luck with your journey home, particularly in Dakar ;-)

  3. Hi guys!!! Kruts - sorry we couldn't chat yesterday, I think my internet connection was going in and out. Anyway, HOW ARE YOU??? All your photos and blogs sound so amazing - I hope you guys are just having an amazing time. I miss you... write soon and let me know how you are!