University was coming to an end, the reality of working life, a career and the terrifying prospect of growing up loomed. This is a situation that has been the breeding ground for many amazing adventures and ideas. So when, in this atmosphere of fear and dread, Ian and Alan started playing a simple game of pool in the local Tap and Spile pub, it was almost inevitable that a life changing idea would be born.
In a desperate effort to hide the fact that he was losing badly, Alan tried to distract Ian from the table:
"Did you see the football last night? How’s the work going? Do you fancy cycling to Cape Town?”
It only took a second, but that was it, EyeOnAfrica was born.
So, despite never having done anything quite like it before, the two students started to plan what would undoubtedly become one of the greatest road trips of their lives.
A path that will see them leaving behind the comfortable familiarity of England, heading first through France and Spain before entering Africa via Morocco. From there, cycling down through Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and, finally, South Africa, arriving in Cape Town just in time to see the amazing spectacle of the 2010 football World Cup being hosted by South Africa.
12000 miles on a bike just because of a game of pool.