7th August 2007
The new site, heading back up the East Coast, is now online at www.LapofAfrica.com
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15th June 2007

A
Closing Message from Hugh before he heads off up the East Coast.
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8th June 2007
A report from Hugh to Iggy Clarke of BMT on the condition and performance of the bike.
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6th June 2007
"Challenges on the last leg to Cape Town", an update on Hugh's progress from the Irish Times newspaper. Read Article
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5th June 2007

"Over the following few weeks I was to ride through scenery that was... magnificent, awe-inspiring, staggering at times and in the extraordinary crystal clear light found in this part of the world - often other worldly." Hugh takes us through the final stages of his trip through southern Africa to Cape Town.

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READ UPDATE from Namibia and South Africa
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16th May 2007

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"The final 80 kms to Lubango was easier. I was tired and pulled over to rest under the shade of a small lean-to. My experience had shown me it is very difficult to find somewhere to snooze during the day, as there is always someone about, and they will come sometimes great distances to check out this arrival from outer space that has just dropped into their back yard. And before long I was aware of the approach of some children..."

READ UPDATE from Angola
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2nd May 2007
"Managing a careful water crossing", an update on Hugh's progress from the Irish Times newspaper. Read Article
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28th April 2007

"Left Windhoek a week ago, so apologies, since then been out of circulation, making way south through Namib desert, no communication. This is a spectacular country scenery wise– huge open spaces, landscape from another planet, the light so clear, and the sunsets... How I'm going to attempt to describe it remains to be seen! Yesterday very exciting looking at the approaching mountains the opposite side of the Orange River – the Republic of South Africa. Made it across last night and on course for arrival City Hall Cape Town Saturday 14th at 10 am. "

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So, the cat's out of the bag! Hugh arrived in Cape Town on Saturday 14th, two weeks ago. I won't go into any further detail here and leave it for subsequent updates, suffice it to say that Hugh is in fine form, has met up with his parents, Moira and Eddie, and is now heading up the coast towards Durban.

Sunday World 22nd April
Cape Times 24th April
Daily Mirror 25th April
Daily Star 25th April
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22nd April 2007
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"There was a smell of the ocean, a feeling of the sea close by. The road skirted what appeared to be a brackish swamp. A slight but growing thrill began rising in me, and then coming around a bend there it was – a glorious view of the coast. I couldn’t contain the involuntary shout into my helmet. This was my first sight of the Atlantic seaboard since… it seemed so long..."

READ UPDATE from Cabinda
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18th April 2007
"The Road Much Less Well Travelled", an update on Hugh's progress from the Irish Times newspaper.
Read Article
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11th April 2007
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"Fr Boniface was amused at my plans to take the train. The last time he had to take it, he said, it took two days to complete the 300 km journey, stopping at every settlement on the way for hours. Everybody crammed in “comme sardines”, no protection from the rains. “Horrible.” Well, I had no choice – I was marooned as I thought."

READ UPDATE from Congo
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2nd April 2007

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"This was a magnificent ride, one of the most enjoyable of the trip to date, the well sealed switch back road climbing above the surrounding forest offering glimpses of hilly jungle stretching to the horizon. Despite the regular tracks opening off into this denseness, it seemed the logging couldn't make a dent on the abundance of it all.".

READ UPDATE from Gabon
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28th March 2007
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"Crossing a narrow bridge spanning a spectacular river gorge I entered Cameroon...."

READ UPDATE from Cameroon
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28th March 2007
"Rocky roads in land of contrasts", an update on Hugh's progress from the Irish Times newspaper. Read Article
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15th March 2007
Straight on the heels of the last update we have another covering Hugh's journey through the troubled Nigeria. Hugh meets up with some Cistercian friends of his Aunt, survives the Abuja traffic and visits the Drill Monkey Reserve. I have also updated the Photo Gallery pages to include pictures from Benin and Nigeria.

READ UPDATE from Nigeria
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13th March 2007
Another step closer to Darkest Africa. Hugh moves on from Burkina, through Benin and on into Nigeria. This update gives us a glimpse into the wilder side of Africa. Roads deteriorate, border-customs become a tight-rope act and within it all Hugh befriends the inhabitants of a remote village.

READ UPDATE from Benin
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25th February 2007
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"Hi
Few days at Afi Mountain Reserve, Drill monkey conservation. Brilliant rainforest experience. Rode across central highlands in Cameroon to Bamenda yesterday. Magnificent, though very poor dirt roads. Leave now for Yaounde, the capital.
Feeling fine.
Hugh"

The above email was received yesterday, 23rd February, along with the Update posted below. I'm sure I join with all the readers in wishing Hugh a very Happy Birthday and the best of luck with the next stage in his journey. I think most of you probably already know Hugh and are aware of the huge effort he has put into this epic undertaking. The thing to remember is that this is all being done for the charity Self Help International, in County Carlow. For those of you wondering how to get a birthday present to Yaounde look no further, a contribution to Self Help in Hugh's name I am sure would be most appreciated.
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23rd February 2007
A lovely update from Hugh bringing his tale all the way to Bobo-Dioulasso. READ UPDATE
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Ardouma, the proprietor of Casa Africa in Bobo, pushing his daughters off to school.
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20th February 2007
A letter from Hugh to Iggy Clarke of Blakestown Tyres going into some detail on riding conditions and the current state of the bike and equipment. Read Letter
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13th February 2007
"Wild and Wonderful", an update on Hugh's progress from the Kilkenny Voice newspaper. Read Article
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12th February 2007
A selection of fine photographs taken by Patrick Guilfoyle during his trip to Mali and the Festival au Desert.
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7th February 2007
Hugh makes his journalistic debut with an article in the Irish Times. Read Article
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4th February 2007
The climax of the first part of Hugh's journey, the Festival-au-Desert in Essakane, Timbuktu. Hugh teams up with Patrick, John & Paddy to join several thousand nomadic Tuareg from the southern Sahara region at "the most remote music festival in the world".

READ UPDATE 3 from Mali
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1st February 2007
Just in case you didn't believe my claim that "the emails are coming thick and fast", here's another one! This is a fascinating update including meeting Moussa Coulibaly, the genial director of the SOS Villages childrens' orphanage, as well as travels among the Dogon and an extremely challenging bike-ride.

READ UPDATE 2 from Mali
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