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Tracey Maund and Colin Champion spent about a week cycling in Tunisia in June 1994. We took road bikes and stayed in hotels. It was nice and sunny, but there was sometimes a stiff north westerly breeze.

It’s easy to take bikes on trains, though the officials aren’t used to the paperwork.

Fri: England – Carthage. We flew to Tunis and cycled in the late evening to Carthage, where we spent the night.

Sat: Carthage – Teboursouk. We spent most of the day in Tunis and caught an evening train to Mejez el Bab, from where we cycled to Teboursouk.

Sun: Teboursouk – Jendouba. We visited the interesting site of Dougga in the early morning, and then rode to Tibar for lunch. In the afternoon we went on to Jendouba where we spent the night. So far we have been riding west along the southern edge of the Khroumir hills. We now head north across them.

Mon: Jendouba – Ain Draham. This is a significant climb on a road that is now quite pretty. At first the land is open with quite a few wild flowers; then a cork forest closes in. We reached the Hôtel les Chênes for lunch and stayed the night.

Tues: Ain Draham – Tabarka. An easy descent to a pleasant seaside town with ambitions to become a hideous resort.

Weds: Tabarka – Beja. First east to Nefza, where lunch, then south.

Thurs: Beja – Bizerte. Lunch at Mateur.

Fri: Bizerte. Rest day.

Sat: Bizerte – Sidi Bou Said. The roads didn’t look very nice so we took the train to Tunis and cycled out to the suburb of Sidi Bou Said, where we stayed in the lovely Hotel Dar Said.

Sun: Sidi Bou Said – England. We cycled to the airport and flew home.

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