Lucas Ledezma, Leandro Blanco Pighi, and Silvio Gatti started in South Africa. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

Lucas Ledezma, Leandro Blanco Pighi, and Silvio Gatti started in South Africa. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

Next came Namibia. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

Next came Namibia. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

They saw lots of wildlife in Botswana. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

They saw lots of wildlife in Botswana. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

Of course, these fans played soccer along the way! (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

Of course, these fans played soccer along the way! (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

The cyclists pose in front of a sphinx and pyramids in Egypt. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

The cyclists pose in front of a sphinx and pyramids in Egypt. (Courtesy of Todo a Pedal)

The Big, Big Bike Path

Posted: November 1, 2022

Where have these bike riders been?

First they flew from Argentina to South Africa. They cycled through mountains.

Next stop, Namibia. Across the Oranje River, people welcomed them warmly.

Botswana came next. The cyclists saw elephants, zebras, antelope, and other wildlife. They pedaled through the Kalahari Desert. Ding! They had traveled over 2,000 kilometers (about 1,242 miles).

Supporters sent money. This helped the cyclists get visas to enter Zambia. They visited Victoria Falls on the border with Zimbabwe. They ate nshima (cornmeal porridge). Later, they lay on the sand of Lake Malawi and celebrated. They had hit the 4,000 kilometer mark! (That’s 2,485 miles.)

The group arrived in Tanzania. They were tired. Money was running out. They felt discouraged. But they pressed on to the beach at Zanzibar. Students at the Nicas Education Center in Moshi showed them their gardens. They hit the 6,000 kilometer mark (3,728 miles).

On day 100, they were headed for Kenya.

They wanted to dodge fighting in Ethiopia and Sudan. So they flew from Kenya to Egypt. They visited Luxor Temple, the pyramids, and the Nile River. But Egyptian police wouldn’t let them cycle much.

Moving on to the Middle East and Israel, the cyclists rode through Tel Aviv. They camped on Olga Beach.

Next come Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Finally, they’ll arrive in Qatar. The three hope to get tickets for the World Cup. Will they meet their soccer heroes? Argentina plays Saudi Arabia on November 22. Will you be watching?

Let the heavens be glad, and let the Earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” — 1 Chronicles 16:31