From Cape to Cairo on a bicycle
A JAPANESE man cycling the enormousdistancefrom Cape Town to Egypt made a quick stop inPietermaritzburg yesterday.
Tetsuya Mizoguchi (22) set off on October 17from Cape Town and rode the Garden Route andthe Eastern Cape before reaching KZN.
The cycling enthusiast is on a five-month breakfrom his mechanical engineering studies, and hasdecided to use that time to soak up the Africancontinent.
Mizoguchi has only his bicycle, a tent, a sleepingbag, some clothes and a camera for the journey,which he wants to complete by March next year,ending in Cairo.
“I like travelling and I like to do it on my bicycle.I use it to challenge myself, and I feel good when Icycle — I feel alive.”
He said he has been cycling for about 10 hoursevery day on his marathon journey, starting from6am and ending at sunset.
“I camp somewhere at night, so I have to find asafe spot. If I can find a cheap hotel I’ll stay there.Sometimes people allow me to stay with them. Ihave stayed at a bus station and in a church sofar. I meet many kind people.”
He has survived on bread and canned food, andthe occasional takeaway.
Mizoguchi’s journey will see him make his nextstop in Johannesburg. He intends to ride throughZimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopiaand Sudan, before finally reaching Egypt. • email@example.com
Tetsuya Mizoguchi (22) made a stop in Pietermaritzburg in his journey from Cape Town to Egypt.