Tour d'Afrique

I Must be Mad

Hi Everyone,

I have just arrived home from a hectic morning of photoshoots and had a very special package sitting at my front door. The sample copies of the book arrived and they are good to go! I must apologise to everyone that it took so much longer than I had anticipated but have gone through the pages now and seeing each day unfold page by page has bought tingles to my spine. It reminds me of all the amazing things we went through and has set a nostalgic grin firmly in place!
If you would like to order a copy of the book, you have two options;
1 - follow the link below to the blurb.com webpage where you can preview the book and follow the prompts to purchase the book online. This can be paid for via Credit card or paypal and since it is going direct from the supplier (based in the UK) to your door postage is significantly reduced and is therefore the cheapest option with the fastest turn around.
2 - Send me an E-mail at campbellphotographics@gmail.com saying you would like to order a copy from me. I will be doing a bulk order in 2 weeks time (30th of October) so your reply will have to be received by by then and your payment (via online funds transfer) will have to be received before postage. This will be more costly as the postage from Australia to UK/USA/Canada is likely to be about $50 ontop of the book cost. It will mean though that you get a signed copy of the book with a lovely little message from me in it :-) not sure if this is necessarily such a drawcard but some people have expressed interest so I want to keep the options open!
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HERE IS THE LINK TO ORDER THE BOOK;
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On another note, I have given you all to options for the format of the book.
Option one is a soft cover, glossy finish with standard paper. I have made this option available because while on tour I had hoped on keeping the cost around $120 US+postage. The book has since doubled in size to fit everything in and I wanted to maintain the lower cost option.
Option two is the hard cover book with premium grade lustre finish paper stock. This is option really shows the photos off for what they are and the hard cover feels great to hold. I hope it is not too much of a stretch to go for this option as I feel it really is a more worth way to showcase our experiences of this 4 month epic bicycle ride!
 
Both options are 8in x 10in with over 190 pages documenting each of the 94 days spent travelling down Africa.
Please feel free to forward this Email or the link to anyone else you think may be interested in the book too.
James

Last post from Africa!

4 months, 2.7Million pedal strokes, 11,000 kilometers, 135Ltr of porridge, 119 nights in a tent, 56 damn Tuna sandwiches, 14 punctures, 10 countries, 5 tyres, 3 bicycle chains and 1 very firmly gritted jaw.

I did it. I cycled from Cairo to Cape Town

I want to thank everyone on the tour for being such good sports, I never thought a group of 100 people in such strenuous conditions could maintain such a friendly atmosphere for 4 months but I was wrong, the experiences I had with all of you were inspiring and life changing.

The staff all were an amazing crew who maintained a smile in the face of all our hassles. May you be greeted with wifi at all stops, flagging tape at every turn and ample felt overs after every meal, you truly made the tour what it was. Thank you.

And lastly to my family and friends and to the readers of this blog. Thank you to all for your motivation and your appreciation. Your support has been great and I’m glad you all enjoyed my ramblings here.

I’m sure many of you will be aware, but just in case, Yes I am making a book showcasing TdA 2013 with heaps of photos you have not seen here. I’ll throw a link up here once it is done for those who may be interested.

So for now I will hang up the keyboard, recalibrate the camera for the Australian sun and get on back home to bills, a car, a job and responsibility…I MUST BE MAD!

James

As we neared the end of our last ride we realised these may well be our final moments spent on tour in Lycra. With a long convoy through quiet bus lanes underway we became ever closer to the shadow of Table Mountain. Around every corner we craned our necks thinking, “is this the finish?” Until finally with a cheer form the crowd and hoots from the riders we passed out last finish flag. TdA had organised an Olympics-esque celebration at the town amphitheatre, complete with flag bearers (unless you were Irish), Medals, A bicycle donation and a run of speeches. A key moment of the celebration was when cordial proceedings became raucous dancing and the Champagne started spraying. Our afternoon didn’t calm down too much after that, a haphazard check in to our hotel, an impressive effort by most to scrub up a shine and we were on our way to the after party. I was smart enough to leave my camera behind for such an event and was content to dance my arse off for the last time with everyone in the one place. Thank you to all for an amazing evening.

James

And then the sun rose on our final day, our final ride into Cape Town was here and what a glorious day it was! Table mountain loomed in the distance, beckoning us. Celebrations began early for some, and maybe too early for others (seriously Alex, a flat tyre, NOW!)  We pulled into a beach a Blouberg for the obligatory photos, our last lunch stop (which I somehow missed) and a lot of patting on the back.

James    

This image represents a part of the tour which we have all come to enjoy, Auction time… Adele puts on her big voice, braves the bacteria pit which is the lost and found box and gets about distributing the contents to anyone who is interested, whether they own it or not! Many accusations were flying around as to who owned these,  from memory, rider 301 was a popular nominee…

James

:-) right, how good are your memories everyone!

And so ends the penultimate day of the tour (good word, thanks Ali) And with such achievements come great awards;

Wayne and Trish - Beau and Belle of the Ball (or maybe bike)

Alan – most likely to shoot someone after a tough ride

Stig, Caroline,Irin and Rob – The trooper award for strength in the face of adversity

Cinelli boys – I have no idea, but I think they are pretty happy about it!

James

Though there were more options available to us to stop and enjoy a beverage, this is officially my last coke stop for the tour. A momentous occasion for myself and, as I’m sure you can tell, all the other thirsty riders in the picture.
James

Though there were more options available to us to stop and enjoy a beverage, this is officially my last coke stop for the tour. A momentous occasion for myself and, as I’m sure you can tell, all the other thirsty riders in the picture.

James

You would think the racers would take it easy now that the racing was over, but no, I don’t think they can help themselves! I certainly took it easy again today, the morning in particular was certainly one of those day that you savour for a long time to come. TdA had managed to sort out a pretty schmicko route for us to depart Elands Bay on. We crossed a creek and made our way off road around the headland to the south, as the sun rose and lit up the coastline I think every single cyclist stopped to take in the view.

James

And what a damn good sunset it was! After months or conserving energy, resting early and drinking little we are finally starting to loosen up a bit (well, I am at least) and go a bit silly. Galavanting was the orded of the day and cyclists could be seen making a fool of themselves in every direction, myself included.

James

Today, we arrived at a beach, actually, it is a surfing mecca so I was sad not to have a surfboard with me (Elands bay) but happy to be able to actually see the skyline! The Crew busied themselves creating a sauna in the sand, something I had never heard of but is apparently quite a ‘thing’ in Europe. Tents were set in on the edge of the beach and plans were set for a stunning sunset… only 2 days riding to go!

James

What do you do when the tour is drawing to and end and you are cycling along misty deserted shores? You stop a lot, take your time and make lots of moody, black and white photos.

James

Yes, I know one is in colour.

Check it, my fully sick rad red beard can actually draw water from thin air, I’m never going to need a water bottle again!
James

Check it, my fully sick rad red beard can actually draw water from thin air, I’m never going to need a water bottle again!

James

This photo series baffles most riders on TdA, we have become to recognise people using cues other than faces, bicycles, cycling shorts and pannier racks are more significant to us when it comes to recognising a fellow rider. So today, for the final stage when Pascal swapped his race bred, fluro, lightweight Specialized Cyclocross bike for Freeks chunky, heavyweight Mountain bike, we were baffled as to what was going on. To further confuse us Freek could be seen imitating Pascals walk and stretching technique, while Pascal demonstrated a flawless rendition of Freek signature dance moves, all while wearing each others clothes. What chance do we have!

James

PS, just to clarify, is is not about the bike, Pascal still won the stage. 

There is good reason for photos to be taken of the starting beeper today. It has become such a standard part of tour life that we hardy even register it as an event anymore, but today was different. Today, is the final race day!

Hip pip Hooray! or in Dutch Hippidypip!

James