The African Challenge | The Adventure of a life!
There are fifteen thousand kilometers connecting the city of Nampula in Mozambique to the city of Amarante in Portugal, nothing to scare the three friends who will make it on the road for more than a month. The goal is to arrive before Christmas. The planning of the trip is meticulously done for this.
This challenge arises from the passion for the motorcycles of the three participants, Afonso Magalhães, Paulo Amado and Pedro Martins, the intrepid taste for travel marathons and the historic relationship between Amarante and Nampula. For those who do not know, Amarante is a twinned city with Nampula and the former. Bishop of Nampula, D. Manuel Vieira Pinto, is native of Amarante. There are, therefore, close ties between the two cities. In the following, the three travelers who had come to this trip long ago wanted to make a long and challenging journey, and one day in conversation about a possible long journey, they thought:
BEING US IN MOZAMBIQUE AND GIVEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO CITIES, WHY NOT JOIN OUR PASSION BY THE TWO WHEELS TO A COMMON GOOD, LINKING SYMBOLICALLY BY LAND, AMARANTE AND NAMPULA, RATIFY THE TWINNING AND WE LEND TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT WORK OF D. MANUEL VIEIRA PINTO?
And so it was. The three participants in this adventure set to work and began planning the trip.
It was so planned that it will be on November 23rd that these Portuguese will start the engines of their Bmw gs 1200 motorcycles in Maputo, where Afonso Magalhães and Pedro Martins reside, and immediately go to the city of Nampula, where a visit will be made to ex. bishop of Nampula and all the necessary steps to ratify the twinning. These efforts have the support of the Municipality of Amarante.
This journey of thousands of kilometers will be long, crossing the African continent from south to north, crossing 15 countries of Africa and Europe. The road will be made by Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and Israel. From Israel they will continue to Greece, continuing the journey through the Balkans and the Adriatic coast until they reach Italy, followed by France, Spain and finally Portugal.
Paulo Amado, one of our participants in this epic, says:
WE HOPE TO COMPLETE THIS MISSION IN 30 DAYS, BUT WE KNOW THAT IT WILL BE A HARD TASK TO COMPLETE IN SO LITTLE TIME, HOWEVER, WE EXPECT TO COMPLY WITH THE DAILY QUILOMETRATION ESTABLISHED ABOUT EIGHT HUNDRED KILOMETERS, WHICH, SO, IT WILL ALLOW TO FINISH THE CHALLENGE IN THE DEADLINE.