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On The Road Again!
Back to business as usual on TDA. We welcome ten new sectional riders as well as several new staff. Everyoneâ€™s effort getting the tour kicked off this morning from Arusha was appreciated and made for a smooth start to the second half of our journey across Africa. The great spirits people seemed to be in this morning was particularly impressive seeing as the loud music from the Masai Camp bar kept most people up until around 4am this morning.
On the road today, it is immediately clear that the climate and conditions in Tanzania are a big contrast to Ethiopia. The most obvious difference is the lushness of the area with the grass plains and acacia treeâ€™s being well watered by the clockwork rain shower during afternoons. The route today was on relatively good pavement following a largely flat section of the Masai Steppe for the first half of the day then up and down some rolling hills for the second half with no major elevation gains or losses. According to one of the racers, the racing pack continued at the same pace as they left off before the break which was fast and challenging but good spirited. Other than that, most peopleâ€™s reception from the local Masai people along the route seemed to be great with people commenting on the welcoming dialogue they exchanged. The new sectional riders are integrating well into the already established group of ridersâ€”plus it is refreshing to have some new faces around camp.
As the sun goes down on the first day of a new start the atmosphere in camp is relaxed and everyone seems in good spirits and looking forward to the road ahead.
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