Meghylost aka Meryem Belkihel is a Moroccan cyclist. She has been cycling across the African continent for a very long. A Moroccan cyclist journey across Africa! Let’s know about her journey today…
Who Am I?
First thing first,
As a 27-year-old Moroccan woman, I have always been drawn to adventure and the thrill of the unknown.
My love for cycling started five years ago, and since then, it has become an integral part of my life.
I embarked on a bike tour around Morocco during the pandemic, and that experience only fueled my passion for cycling even further.
Now, I am on a journey to explore my continent and empower girls in my country by cycling solo across Africa, from Morocco to South Africa, and then to Tanzania.
How I Prepared Myself For This Journey?
Preparation for this journey was no small feat. I spent months researching the best equipment and supplies to bring with me.
I also reached out to local cycling communities and fellow travelers to gather information on the best routes and tips for a safe and successful trip.
Logistics were a major concern, and I carefully planned my daily routes, taking into consideration the climate, terrain, and distance.
I made sure my equipment was in top condition and that I had backup plans in case of emergencies.
For a long journey like this, one always needs to be prepared in both ways: Physically and Mentally.
Cycling is primarily about physical activity. And physical preparation was a significant aspect of my preparation. I always wanted to ensure that, in any condition before leaving for the road, I need to top physical shape.
I did some little workouts on my own to gain stamina both mentally and physically. Did some google searches for high-energy snacks that can help me stay focused and alert.
My suggestion is that do as much research before making a trip plan. Take notes and consider that any bad thing or good thing can occur.
You just have to prepare it for an instant. Trained your mind that way. Everything will be alright.
The journey has been an incredible experience filled with ups and downs, both physically and emotionally. The desert part of my trip was especially challenging, with strong winds and sand making cycling difficult.
However, the stunning landscapes and the sense of peace that came with being alone in the desert more than made up for it.
I met a diverse group of people along the way, each with their own unique stories and experiences.
Some of my most memorable moments include reaching the summit of Toubkal mountain after a challenging climb and being welcomed into a small village by friendly locals who treated me like family.
Inspiration and Lessons Learned
This journey has been a transformative experience for me. I have learned to embrace uncertainty, push my limits, and face my fears head-on.
I have also come to appreciate the power of the human spirit and the kindness of strangers.
I hope to inspire others to take their own journey and discover their own passions and strengths.
Behind the Scenes
Cycling solo across Africa was not without its challenges even if I just started I faced long, grueling days on the bike, harsh weather conditions, and limited access to food and water.
However, I also developed a daily routine that kept me motivated and focused.
I cooked simple, healthy meals over my camping stove, and took the time to reflect and journal each day. My favorite gear included my trusty tent, a sturdy set of panniers, and my portable solar panel, which allowed me to keep my phone and other electronics charged.
This journey has only fueled my love for cycling, and I have many more adventures planned for the future. I hope to continue exploring new destinations on two wheels and sharing my experiences with others.
Tips and Advice
For those considering a similar trip, my advice would be to take your time and do your research.
Make sure you have the proper equipment and don’t be afraid to reach out to others for advice and support.
Above all, stay open to new experiences, and embrace the journey for all that it has to offer. Happy cycling!
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