Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions about Mary and Greg's trip.

1) What is your expected route?
2) How long do you expect the trip to take?
3) Isn't this trip dangerous?
4) I sent an email to the list; why hasn't it shown up yet?
5) Who are Greg and Mary?


1) What is your expected route?
We're starting in Capetown, South Africa, and hope to go through Lesotho, Bostwana, Zimbabawe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and then to Cairo, Egypt. This is all a best guess, though. We have more information about our route, and the countries we plan to travel through.

2) How long do you expect the trip to take?
We're estimating a year or so, but really that's just a guess. It's hard to predict what kinds of things might pop up that will take a lot of time to handle (bike repairs, washed out roads, medical situations, etc). We do know that if it ends up being much more than a year, then we probably won't go all the way to Cairo, because crossing the desert in the summer would be really rough.

3) Isn't this trip dangerous?
Certainly it's more dangerous than sitting on the couch at home, but it's also incredibly more rewarding. We don't think it's excessively risky. Many different people have bicycled across Africa before without any problems. We're aware of the many issues, and will be taking precautions (like anti-malaria medications, keeping up on current political situations, etc.) throughout the trip. We will be entirely avoiding countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somolia. And if conditions change in the countries we're planning on going through, and they become too dangerous for us, we'll head back home.

4) I sent an email to the list; why hasn't it shown up yet?
The email list for the yahoo group is moderated. That means emails don't automatically show up on the list. We're doing this to avoid spam to the list, and to make sure the list contents stay appropriate for the grade school students who are following along. Be patient. It might take a couple of days, but a moderator should get to your message.

5) Who are Greg and Mary?
We're just a couple of ordinary people who enjoy being in the outdoors and seeing the world we live in and meeting the people we share the planet with. We met in Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala. Mary was volunteering at the Nuevo Amanecer school in this semi-remote Mayan mountain village. Greg was on a bike tour from Alaska to Argentina. Greg happened through Todos Santos, met Mary, and they really hit it off. We kept in touch and met a couple more times in Central America. Then Mary joined Greg in Cusco, Peru with her bicycle, and we rode together down to Ushuaia, Argentina over the course of seven months. In March 2008 we got married, and this trip is sort of our delayed honeymoon.