6 flights later (4 planned, 2 unplanned), we’ve made it to Pemba Island for the start of pre-race training for the Ngalawa Cup.

We all flew different routes, but it went something like this:

  1. Los Angeles to DC/London
  2. DC/London to Addis Ababa
  3. Addis Ababa to Mombasa (the airline decided to combine our original flight to Dar Es Salaam with the flight to Mombasa, so this was news to us…)
  4. Mombasa to Dar Es Salaam (2 hrs late now)
  5. Stayed one night in Dar
  6. Charter flight from Dar to Zanzibar (which we weren’t clued in on)
  7. Then from Zanzibar to Pemba

Even with the longest journey and 11-hr time zone swing, we were the first to arrive. Turns out our idea to switch our chartered flight to one day later was the difference.  Quite a few teams also had some unplanned stops which delayed them by a minimum of three hours and, therefore, they missed their chartered flights and now have to wait 1-2 days for the next opening.
Moral of the story! The adventure begins the moment you step on the plane.

Over the next 24 hours about half the teams arrived. We got a bite to eat, hung out, laughed , and relaxed as if on vacation.

Then we walked over and checked out our vessels for the next 9 days.

That’s when reality hit.

(Til next time when I have service and hopefully my phone isn’t lost in the deep blue…)

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