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Dr Luke Speaks!
Who said life should be easy? It has been pretty tough here and the Ethiopian challenge has definitely dented a few peoples ambition to remain EFI-ers. The challenge has also brought out the best and worst in people. There are certain things that will never change: the hills, what goes up can keep going up; the people, whom most of the time are pretty friendly but can be particularly tiring; and of course, children throwing stones.
The new route from Addis Ababa had a sting in its tail yesterday with roads that are similar to Northern Kenya. It has been interesting to watch those who can roll with the punches and suck up the tough stuff without complaint.
Africa is a tough place and it is what it is. If you expected anything less than tough roads, challenging hills, diarrhea and vomiting, drinking more than six liters of fluid a day and of course a few stones thudding into you, then you came ill prepared. No amount of complaining will change it. Acceptance is key.
The cyclistâ€™s bodies have also begun to break down. It has not been just the weight loss that comes with the massive amount of mileage. The â€œveggiesâ€ have had a particularly tough time. A number of them have small wounds that are just not healing well. Miles, our chef, has done wonders with the food but Africa is definitely not prepared for vegetarians, at least not those that intent on cycling more than 100km per day.
The two week break in Arusha is going to be particularly welcome. I know that I canâ€™t wait and others will welcome the opportunity for their bodies to recuperate.
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