Chile to Kili: Driving Change from the Seat of a Bicycle

Chile to Kile Bike Ride US leg

Chile to Kili is an around the world bike ride to raise money to send 10 Tanzanian students to college to study wildlife conservation and/or natural resource management. The cyclist: Elvis, a 25-year old Tanzanian man who set out to travel from South America all the way around to Mount Kilimanjaro, locating and carrying his own food, shelter and resources throughout the trip.

The distance of this trip is  about 80 000kms or 50 000m, traversing over 41 countries. Starting in Santiago, Chile then through Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama,  Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, Alaska, across the  Bearing Sea (by any Means) into Russia, Mongolia, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, across the Caspian Sea into Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Congo , Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, ending at the foot of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Elvis started in January 2012 and is presently taking a break from cycling for the winter season. He is spending the time preparing for his last leg, going through student applications, holding interviews and giving talks about his mission and its challenges.

You can join the ride by fundraising, making a donation, offering a place to stay or a hot meal and, actually getting in the saddle yourself!

Thanks to Georgina for telling me about Elvis's story!
Images via the Chile to Kili Facebook page.

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