Living the Lush Life
It’s the kind of heat that finds you awake at 2am, still dripping with sweat from the day before. It’s the kind of heat where you find yourself sweating from absolutely everywhere at once while trying to convince yourself that you love this. It’s the kind of heat where while riding your bike, life is beautiful and as long as you drink enough water, the body seems to do as it should. The minute you stop the slow creeping feeling of humidity comes crawling back from every nook and cranny, completely cocooning your skin in a sticky layer. Back on the bike again and life again is beautiful.
Riding through coffee, banana and mango plantations with a little road side stall every 500m selling just that, getting distracted from the days ride is all too easy. A thatched stall selling peanuts, another selling samosas, another with perfect stacks of avocadoes and mangoes and you have to think how easy life on the bike could be if the whole route was like this. “It feels like we’re riding the Tour de France” said one rider in reaction to the endless streams of local spectators cheering us on. “Karibu” Welcome, “How are you?”, thumbs up, smiles, and plenty of hellos as we cruise our way through this tropical paradise.
The life on the road and the number of other bicycles adds to the feeling that we must be doing the right thing. With any and every edible item transported on wheels, there’s a mutual appreciation on the road of what each other are up to. It’s no easy job riding from Cairo to Cape town, nor is it a cake walk taking your 10 kilo bag of charcoal down the road with a basket full of bananas on your head and a chicken in the front basket. Smiles all around , breaking through languages, the bicycle speaks 1,000 words.
Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, it suddenly jumped to the next level; introducing Chitimba beach. White sand, beach, bar, wifi (sort of), this is beyond TDA caliber paradise, this is just straight up paradise. Now whether any of our riders will have any inclination to leave this place on the next riding day will be the question.