‘You meet the nicest people on motorcycles.’ This saying is so true. Motorcycling is a very different activity for different people. Some see it as a means of escape while some consider it as a hobby. However, people like Alicia Sornosa and Polo Arnaiz utilize motorcycles for a very special reason. These two riders hail from Spain and together they covered 15,000 km on Ducati Scrambler bikes to raise funds for a humanitarian NGO.
Alicia, who is an adventurous motorcyclist, rode her Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro down the backbone of East Africa. The journey, which Alicia undertook for charitable purposes, started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and crossed Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, and Lesotho before finally arriving in Cape Town, South Africa.
There were so many adventures and emotions, which allowed Alicia to ‘live’ an incredible experience and complete a challenging but gratifying journey, drawing attention to the problems that, unfortunately, afflict the African continent. Alicia’s enterprise has had a strong response in Spain, so much so that she was rewarded by the Spanish Geographical Society with their “Journey of the year 2018” award, which was handed to her personally by King Felipe VI of Spain, during a public ceremony.
Polo Arnaiz (already a participant in the motorcycle world tour of 2013-2014) accompanied Alicia on her amazing journey. He was riding a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled. The bikes coped superbly with the route and, apart from a change of tires mid-course and two punctures, they suffered no other inconvenience or technical problem, allowing them to reach Cape Town and successfully complete their adventure.
The purpose of the trip was also to raise funds and, once they reached their destination, Alicia was able to donate 5,000 euros to a humanitarian NGO operating in Africa (Amigos de Silva) making this great motorcycle experience even more “special”.