This story reminded me of a slide show I saw back in the 80s some time, about a couple who made a bicycle trip around the world. The couple were Larry and Barbara Savage, and Barbara wrote a book about the trip (http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Nowhere-Rou ... 0898861098
). Ironically, Barbara got hit by a car and was killed after they were back home. Larry made the rounds giving slide shows following the accident.
During the slide show, I was at first impressed by their adventurousness, but later in the show, it seemed to me that if they had known what they would come up against, they probably would have bagged the trip. A couple of the places that seemed absolutely horrible were Egypt (or maybe it was Sudan) and India. Maybe the guy riding his Harley in the Congo in the muddy ruts almost deep enough to swallow the bike had similar thoughts.