Rider Profile: Manuel Benitez (Nairobi – Lilongwe)
Home: Cordoba, Spain
Section: Nairobi – Mbeya
Where did you hear about TDA?
I found it online a while ago. I was just on Google looking for cycling stuff!
Why did you decide to sign up?
I needed a rest! I wanted a break from work and home, and cycling is like resting for me. When I ride I think of nothing else but me, my bike and the beautiful views. I’ve been cycling since a young age, never too serious, just for fun!
Why are you doing this section?
2 years ago I visited Tanzania for the first time when I climbed the Kilimanjaro. I came in the dry season then and wanted to see Tanzania in the wet season too. This is my 3rd trip on the bike, first time doing an organized tour though. Before I did two different sections of the “El camino de Santiago” in Spain with my brother.
What has been your highlight of the trip so far?
Meeting different people from all around the world. This way I get a new view of the world and get to see so much more than just Tanzania in the end.
What has been a challenge?
Getting the bike to Nairobi! I was very scared that it would get lost because last time I travelled to Tanzania my luggage got lost and did not arrive until after three days.
What do you miss the most from home?
Nothing! I’m only away from home for 15 days, which is too short to start missing stuff!
Is there anything that is taking up too much space in you locker?
Cycling shorts and clothes in general. There are some opportunities to wash them, and I see now it is okay to wear the same things for many days in a row!
What would you have done different knowing what you know now?
I would bring another pair of thinner tyres. I was expecting more offroad parts, whereas we’ve been on paved roads a lot too and I didn’t bring a good set of tyres for that.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you need a rest, come and do the TDA!