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Many Miles in Madagascar, mora mora.

Cycling around Madagascar
By Curtis Mahr
#637 - posted Sunday November 23, 2014 by Neil Gunton

"It is time again. I haven't done a cycle tour for several years. I've taken trips to other places, covering ground much faster. It's been long enough to miss that feeling of riding in the morning sun. It's also been long enough to forget how bad the food in Africa can be. As such, I can hear the call of Africa beckoning. But where?

Madagascar seems like a good place to go. Unlike Ethiopia, they don't throw rocks at you, or at least not yet. The roads can be bad and the public transport crowded. Shipping anything with a combustion engine would be problematic, leaving the bicycle as a good way to get around.

The trouble is that Madagascar is much bigger than it looks on the map. When you live north of the Tropic of Cancer, the map starts to distort, making distances less than they appear to be. The opposite happens as you approach the equator. As such, Madagascar, even though it appears to be not all that big, happens to be near the equator, making it much larger than it appears to be.

It is a good thing that I have nearly three months to go around the island. The roads could be slow going and distances long.

As for what there is to see, I really have no idea. I hear there are lemurs there. Chameleons, too...
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