Definition of my experience in Africa
Definition of my experience in Africa:
A concentrated time of being present in the moment…living the Td'A habitual style… a consistent energy for now.
Imagine just another day on the saddle. A mere 141km of rolling hills. It's never ‘just another day'. It will always require a constant focus to draw the force into one's legs throughout the duration. 174km yesterday and 160 km tomorrow. These people are skilled at what they do to grind the miles and feel the spirit of the rich cultures and the serene surroundings of the African outback for 11 weeks solid. The responses are modest; as such a slow and silent progress mustn't be so prominent and the energy becomes natural. But I see it. I observe the bodies growing strong and the motivations growing wide.
From desert to rock to corrugation, potholed gravel and switchback gorges. not only do they live it out, they take it on to endure a widening ability to thrive in it.
Lloyd Strong's shocking pace has been one of the most ‘fabulous' to observe. I remember the days of his enthusiastic call on the strenuous long kms. "I take it one peddle stroke at a time." Nowadays I can barely meet riding beside him because he is out of the saddle powering up the 50th climb of the day with a smile from ear to ear.
Anne Gallagher's impressive ability to tackle her most dreaded…pushing through these winding foot hills amid the mountain pass. Her spirit high and lilting laughs still present as she embraces the bush life into the evening at camp.
Over the past few days it has been pleasing to see an increased involvement from the cyclists amongst the local communities. Scavenger hunting for random things brings unique encounters and humbling relations.My day was made perfectly balanced after eating catfish which the local people caught in the very area I rode today. Football played with young Zambians and a half pumpkin skin this evening. Wow these boys could jump higher than a roo in delight of seeing what James could do with the veggie and his feet.
Tonight the stars are out. What a treat to have clear skies again…will this be the end of the rain for a while?