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This is the last Episode of Madagascan Challenge. This time racing from middle of the jungles to all the way to capital Antananarivo. Follow us at www.theforeignchallenge.com Music by Silver Lehtsalu
How about riding in the jungles without any brakes on your bike? 230km and 10 ferry crossings – 15 hours of riding.
Time was precious. I had come long way to south and still continuing till west coast. I took journey all the way to Fort Dauphin. One of the most beautiful settlements middle of the deserts. It was a big surprise what happened there and people I met.
My time schedule was getting tight as it took me 6 days to get my bike back to the road. Some unexpected issues as I was trying hopelessly to leave Tulear. I was heading to the south. It is mostly dry desert which is remote. About 400km across the inland to reach southern checkpoint of Lavanono. It was hell of a long way down to south yet an adventurous one.
After 3 weeks I had finally arrived to Tulear. From there a nice National Road 7 goes all the way back to capital. Yet I planned to take a day trip to Isalo National Park and also on my way mining city Ilakaka. Things can go wrong and sooner than we would think. In this episode I will explain how I nearly drowning in the flash floods. My near death experience was a turning point of everything to follow.
No Man’s Land
Journey continued towards south until I found myself at dead end. Made a dreadful decision to ride through mangroves all the way to Salary Bay. Even though no road existed between two checkpoints I managed to survive 110km of horrors. As I appoached into the salty mangroves I got my self bogged and lost in the wilderness. Local Sakalava tribesmen helped me out and showed me tracks to make it all the way to Salary Bay. It was a hell of a mission and took everything I had. Check it out!
At first I had no intentions to stay at Manja. By pure accident I was stuck at Manja. I had to get my bike fixed to continue my way to Morombe. It was a busy transport city connecting bigger cities. What I did not expect was to find friends. Two local men gave their help to get me back into road. They did that because they believed that was right thing to do. Also we went to see their Cinema in a village of 10000 people! Afternoon I left towards Morombe. On my way I had to cross Mangoky river. Yet again another adventure over river by lakanas!
Rivers are always one of the most determining factors how far one can travel. I was heading to paradise village Belo sur Mer… My map was showing no road only thing I knew was that I needed to cross a river. I had found it , which was much wider and deeper than I thought! Ride continued through 20km heavy sand plus massive salt plains which made crossing almost impossible. Paradise on Earth Belo sur Mer and how I made one of the most stupiest decisions.
This episode is dedicated for all the rivers in Madagascar.I had to cross to massive rivers. Both of them too deep and wide to ride through them. Thats why I had to turn to local people who carried me and my bike over rivers. First on on lakana socalled local canoe boat. Second on at Belo Tsirihibina crossing on a boat ride which took 1 hour. Also I had arrived to my first checkpoint the Avenue of the Baobabs which is magnificent view on iconic avenue!
Into the Wild
Madagascar is the home of unique nature. This episode I will be heading long way south to check out Madagascar’s best sight! Let me introduce Tsingy de Bemaraha which is a limestone forest. Very unique and crazy adventure to explore it!
Road to Hell
Road to Hell stands for everything it says. I will be heading into unknown world of dangers. Moving from capital Tanarive to Maintirano. It is known as the death road by its condition and security reasons. Little I knew it was going to be toughest motorcycle ride of my life. Madagascar holds surprises and strikes hard everyone who underestimates it. Follow my journey through the hell. Enjoy!
Episode 2 is dedicated for charity. Let me take you around school and teenage girl center which are made to help street kids. The Foreign Challenge takes video blogging to the next level by raising awareness of challenges what ordinary Malagasy people are facing today and how we can all come together to extend a helping hand and help make a difference in the lives of Malagasy children in need. I have set up a fundraising link for the charity organisation called “Money for Madagascar”. Money for Madagascar is a charity organisation established in 1986 which helps and supports many destitute children, vulnerable women and girls, young people with disabilities and families escaping poverty. Give the children the chance to shape their own future, children are the future and now is the time to make a difference in their lives.
Big distances are made by baby steps. When it comes to long distance rides, preparing for future is a key to success. The following video is the opener of upcoming video series. ”Beginning” says it. I will explain how I made my way to Madagascar and ofcourse what it took for me to get my own bike. I am visiting well known motorcycle tour leader Francois Serrano to get the ”deal” done.
We are proud to share our Madagascan trailer for our second adventure! This time you will see within 2:30 minutes what it really takes to ride motorcycle around Madagascar! This is also the quick view of what will be coming next after trailer. We are preparing full video series for you to enjoy!
Madagascar Next! Intro
Madagascar Introduction I will be heading to Madagascar on 4th of December 2016 til 8th of January 2017. Within 34 days I will be covering approximately distance of 5000 km in parts of Central and Southern Madagascar. Unfortunately this time my brother Tanar wont take part of Madagascar Challenge so i will rely only on myself. Attempt will be done solo without any support from any third parties. Madagascar has about 50 000 km of roads from which only 20% of them are sealed. To appreciate just how limited this road network is, consider that it is just over just over 1% of the size of the UK’s, despite Madagascar being a considerably larger country. Please take a look at Introduction video which will explain the challenge inside out!
This is the last Episode of Madagascan Challenge. This time racing from middle of the jungles to all | read more
How about riding in the jungles without any brakes on your bike? 230km and 10 ferry crossings - 15 h | read more
Time was precious. I had come long way to south and still continuing till west coast. I took journey | read more
My time schedule was getting tight as it took me 6 days to get my bike back to the road. Some un | read more