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long-weekend weather forecast hasn't darkened the mood of Tip to Tip for Africa organizer Martha
"This thing is just going to be incredible," Deacon says.
"You should see the sweatshirts, it's worth the ride just for the sweatshirts! They're a gift from Mark's Work Warehouse. And if there's rain today Gordon MacQueen (of MacQueen's Bike Shop) has volunteered rain ponchos."
The ride is in
aid of the Townships Project, co-founded by Deacon in 1998. The project
provides small loans for poor people in the townships of
"We are privileged to have four days of shepherding, three overnights, 10 meals, four venues of entertainment, a fabulous sweatshirt and numerous bus rides for the princely sum of $50, due to the incredible generosity of our many hosts," Deacon says.
Guardian reporter Mary MacKay will be along for the ride as well. Having completed the Confederation Trail last year all by her lonesome, she's looking forward to doing the Tip to Tip for Africa run, this time with more than 50 other cyclists to chit-chat with along the way.
"I loved it so much last year, I didn't just buy one bicycle after it was over, I bought two," she says.
"But the biggest after-effect of last summer's ride was that I quit smoking because puffing a cigarette on the trail for me was about as awkward as tossing back a plate of fries with the works during an aerobics class. Who knows what will happen with this one!"
The first of MacKay's stories on the trip will be published in Saturday's Guardian.
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