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The Road Less Traveled
Every morning, Iâ€™ve awoken expecting the worst because we are in a country that is notorious for wet weather. More often than not, I have been pleasantly surprised. Riding out of Dodoma, the forecasted washed out roads and bogs of mud were nowhere to be found. Despite the previous nightâ€™s heavy rains, they left no reminder on the roads. Todayâ€™s short mileage anticipated roads in disrepair and full of obstacles. Though the dry roads and few hills made the traditionally demanding day into a, dare I say break, in the middle of this seven day stretch.
The true highlight of my day came when we took a detour onto a local trail which led through bush lined with thorny trees and deep sand. Eventually it led us through a group of houses. From the houses, residents quickly emerged to cheer us through. After a few dead ends, we managed to find our way back to the route and the finish flag waited for us shortly after.
Sometimes it doesnâ€™t hurt to take the road less traveled.
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