Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

With Love From Madagascar Update 4

By Alpkit | 08, Jun, 2012

Pousse-Pousse are man pulled taxies... mostly without brakes.. :(

Writing this logbook turns out to be more difficult and exhausting as expected. First, you need internet. Can't get it everywhere. Second, you need time. But we have lots of stuff to do, go to, organize, images reviewing, video checking, copying. Third, you need muse. And a bit of silence. Since so many many many things happen and are willing to be discovered, muse becomes a rare source.

It was very scary. Klara was fevering. She couldn't move, her legs hurt, were burning. The manager of the place we have been was a big help. He got us penicillin. It helped to recover the wound, but also emerged some depression and digestion problems. We were stuck in paradise. Sick and afraid. But in all evil, the seed of good finds a hideout to raise.

It got even worse. The phone and internet connection of all island Saint Marie broke down. Because of that it was impossible to get money from the banks. Next, the shipping company changed plans. That led us to not be able to get to Masoala National park. Ile Saint Marie became our dead end for the first half of our journey. Something good in something bad: The manager of hotel La Crique gave us a very sophisticated interview about ecotourism and the way Madagascar works.

We hopped on our bikes and had the most beautiful road views ever. Except for some hills that nearly killed untrained Johannes, most of the time it was rolling down the highlands. Beauty all around. It was captivating. Every good inhabits something bad. The bad thing that we've experienced, was that we didn't make it to our shelter of choice. Instead, right after dark - taxi brousses are the natural enemies of bikers especially at night - we made it into a stinky little village where a Monsieur Joseph offered us his only little rathole for an unfair price.

Read the full version of Karsten's loogbook entry along with more great images on With Love from Madagascar.

  • Google+

In pictures

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

Related Deeds

Wild About Argyll
Bikepacking the Wild About Argyll trail
In Daring Deeds
A Serious Undertaking
A stormy start to a Cairngorm loop
In Daring Deeds
Mont Blanc in a day
Anna Wells attempts the ultimate "day hit"
In Daring Deeds
Bear Bones 300
Kenny takes on the challenge of the Bare Bones 300
In Daring Deeds
The Iceland National Trail: Part 2
Ben Turner recounts a day on the Iceland National Trail
In Daring Deeds

News

Ireland To Asia: A Year On My Bike
Tales from Sean Hoban's journey to Asia
In News
Alpkit Adventure Weekender
Join us in store for an adventure filled weekend
In News
Teuchters on Tour
Fundraising cycle trip
In News
Silk Road Mountain Race
An unsupported bikepacking race in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
In News
What’s in store bank holiday weekend?
Make the most of this Bank Holiday
In News

Develop

New UK Made Bikepacking Bag Range
UK-made bike luggage shifts up a cog
In Develop
What’s So Great About Merino Wool?
What's all this fuss about Merino wool?
In Develop
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
In Develop
Seat pack developments
2 new seat packs
In Develop

Spotlight

Handy Glove Guide
Need a hand finding your way around our new glove range?
In Spotlight
The Perfect Getaway Guide
Plan for your getaway
In Spotlight
How to choose a sleeping bag - an Alpkit guide
The factors involved in selecting a suitable sleeping bag for your next big trip
In Spotlight
Wild Camping Tips and Kit List
The guide to getting it right when camping out
In Spotlight
A Weekend of Wonders
Best of Kendal 2017
In Spotlight

Kudos