Monday, November 9, 2009

Andrus Enduro Africa Slide Show: 12/7 @ 6:30 PM Harp & Fiddle

It's been just about a month since I returned from my Enduro Africa trek and I'm still buzzing from it all. After a 3-day respite to recuperate from the ride, I returned to South Africa and traveled on to Morocco for work. I've been home for about a week now and have been struggling to catch up with the pile that has overtaken my desk.

Since returning, I've watched several amazing developments come in via my RSS feeds and Google Alerts, including last week's UNAIDS report Women and Health, an inspiring Lancet story of health care delivery in rural South Africa, and many other intriguing items.

My latest obsession is with Sachs' incredible book, 
Common Wealth, which ties infectious diseases, population growth, climate change, and economic development into a coherent whole that has helped me put everything I witnessed in rural South Africa into perspective. It has been hard to sit on the sidelines and not blog about these things, as I might have before the trip.

Next steps
Here's the plan for the rest of the year, as regards shutting Andrew's Enduro Africa down. First, I'll finish editing and adding links to my "trail side" accounts, which I posted each night from South Africa. Although I'm tempted to edit them, I'll just reformat the accounts so they appear in chronological order and I'll fill out the story with links to relevant material.

Second, I've got a slide show and pub quiz night scheduled at Bethesda's Harp & Fiddle December 7th @ 6:30 PM ET. We'll show videos and pictures from the event, reveal the winners from the "How many falls will Andrew take" contest, and provide an insider's view on the trip. Please join us.

In the meantime, here's a great 6-min. video compilation by fellow Enduro Africa rider, Nick Stubbs, which captures nicely the anticipation, excitement, and heartwarming aspects of the trip.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone for your generous donations!