August 25-26, 2018. 24 hours to make an original 4-minute audio piece. $1,000 first place prize. KCRW RADIO RACE I was working as a team of one. The theme was "new normal" and I decided to write a personal essay and record it to fit with some of the sounds I recorded in Uganda. Enjoy!
After weeks in the dry, flat, northern region of Uganda, finally we were crossing into the southwest. The passage was marked by a ferry ride across the Nile River. A government-operated barge with a large motor carried us and our bikes, fifty other passengers, 8 motorcycles, 4 SUVs, and an oil truck over the water. All… Continue reading Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
On our first day riding, it was a struggle to get out of the tangled web that makes up Kampala. It’s the capital and by far the largest city in the country. The roads are congested by trucks, cars, boda boda motorcycles, people, and animals and that day the streets were loud and bursting with… Continue reading “Muzungu! How are you?”
For breakfast we had a rare treat: crepes with papaya and hot tea. Our table companions were a group of Belgians in their 20s. Two of them lived in Kampala, the other two were visiting. They were dressed in their mountain climbing gear and looking nervous. “Hannah has never climbed a mountain before,” one of… Continue reading Slopping Up
Since Joe and I decided to take this trip to East Africa, several people have asked us what we're bringing with us. "Are you taking your bikes with you? Are you mailing them?" The bikes are taken apart and carefully packed in large cardboard boxes. We'll take them as checked luggage on the plane. The… Continue reading Packing for Africa
Eight months ago, Jackie and I were strangers. A few weeks from now, we are taking off on a several-month-long adventure, just the two of us. We're strapping all our camping gear to our bikes and riding 1500 miles through Uganda and Rwanda. This adventure started before we met. Back in September I was stir-crazy… Continue reading Origin Story