Rest Day Mardi Gras
After wrestling with some themes for the traditional Bahir Dar party, it was decided that we would leave the spandex tucked away for the evening and break out the beads. It's Mardi Gras! Riders were treated to a short 67km ride into Bahir Dar. Some treating it like a time trail, others enjoying the chance to enjoy the views of Lake Tana. Riders search the second hand shops and the market of Bahir Dar before gettting into their party clothes for (another) well deserved night out to blow off some steam. It has been just over a month since we left Cairo. It was time to shake things up. Some favourite costumes of the night included; Dave's tight lime green pants (watch out for the view from behind); Marcelle's elf hat; Martijn's spaceman costume. Martijn somehow was able to track down plastic toy whistles for all the riders. The whistles provided entertainment for the evening as well as defense against those tiny rock throwers when we are on the bikes. Tour Director Paul was the best dressed staff member. I think all that cycling has done wonders for his legs! Many of the riders took in the opportunity to check out the monastaries on the small islands of Lake Tana the following morning. The rest took the chance to sleep in, have brunch, swap out tires and nap. We are headed out on a 5 day stretch into Addis. (also known as the Sheraton Stop!) Next excitment is the Blue Nile Gorge Time Trial!