Simien National Park, Ethiopia
Posted by: Ewan McGregor | Date posted: 22/06/2007
The look of a man with very wet socks ©
Ewan and the crickets give us the lowdown on their arrival at Simien National Park.
'Day two in Ethiopia, and we've had an extraordinary ride up the mountains to the Simien National Park where we saw the gorilla baboons, it's the only place they live, and some spectacular scenery. And rode up a mountain and down a mountain and up a mountain and down a mountain. Came off on the gravel, dropped my bike on the gravel, it was hairpin after hairpin, lots of loose gravel, horrible really, then it poured with rain and we had to put our camp up in the rain which we did and it's now just stopped raining and it's quite nice, and the crickets are out. We're having a great time, and we should have our first UNICEF visit in two days up near the Eritrean border, and everything's going really well. My bike's taking a real panning and just asking for more, which is good.'
Charley's having problems though ... 'I've spilt tea all down my front. It was my only dry area. Oh well. No, it was good today actually, a lot better than I thought. It was bad on the gravel, but the straight bits were nice. But it's just the rain. I'm sure anyone who's camped in the rain knows what that's like. It's kind of cool. Ethiopia has become everything that we thought it would be and more. It's beautiful here, it's the most stunning countrysides I've seen, with the most amazing mountains. You gotta get your asses out of here because it is so stunningly beautiful. Nice people as well. Always nice people, everywhere you go.'
And here's clip that's turned up from Khartoum, from a week ago or so, but we thought you'd like to see it anyway - the guys got showered specially for this clip, and were in the mood for a song ...
Well, we finally made it to Khartoum. We got the Nile on the right of us, ..' and at this point, Charley and Ewan burst into song '...the bikes to the left, stuck in the middle with you.' We've had a shower, and a shave, food, and now we've got to fix the bikes'.
Ewan tells us to 'stay tuned, more news from us the further south we go'.