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Gran’s African odyssey

Posted on April 30 2017 at 10:57:13

Janet

A grandmother from Hopwood has completed an arduous five-day cycle journey across Africa for charity – and is already planning a similar adventure in India.

Janet Adams rode across the Masai Mara wildlife reserve in Kenya and on into Tanzania during the epic trek, clocking up 104 kilometres on one day alone and facing temperatures of up to 39 degrees.

In total, she raised £1,470 for the Acorns charity, which provides specialised nursing care and support for babies and children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Janet said: “There were tears and traumas. At one stage I fell off my bike, and the heat was unbearable.

There had been no rain in the Masai Mara, which had turned the dust tracks into sand – so it was like trying to cycle along the beach. However,  the fact that I was raising money for Acorns kept me focused.

“While this was a very difficult challenge, I saw some amazing sights and cycling really is the best way to see Tanzania. I got to spend the night in a Masai village and sleep in a mud hut on a straw bed.

“I woke up to see the sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro and cycled alongside zebra in the Masai.”

By covering her own travel expenses, Janet ensured that every penny of sponsorship money went directly to Acorns, and said she was heartened by the backing she received from the local community.

Above: Janet (right) with her support vehicle.

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