Position: 05:50.534N 38:15.694E
Into the 5 degrees north now! Just down the road of a place called Hera
Lipitu...not sure you will find it on a 'normal' map!
Cycled 104km today, but it felt like 140km...lots of hills and valleys, and
then one huge hill..the one that was supposed to have beeen the day before!
Had a hyena come quite close to our campsite last night....
The ride started off wonderfully at 6 45am, heading out just before sunrise,
in this heavy equatorial type environment.....very lush, and lots of
traditional grass hut villages.
Went through Dilla, which was quite a big town, with a few good coffeee
shops.....the coffees are wonderful here in ethiopia, as one may
expect....machiatto's that cost 1 birre or 25US cents!
Broke a chain again today...too much power connecting in up the mountains!
Also broke a spoke...too much speed on the downhills and the road surface
Fixed the chain on the run, but with at least 40 locals watching EVERY
single move in the process!
I got into camp at abou 2pm feeling quite tired, but satisfied.
Forgot to mention yesterday...that we were 7 are in Rastas country.....lots
of reggae stuff and people have a different outlook...more in the
The people intrusion thing hit MAX today....maybe because i know I have only
two more days of it.....I'll expand on this in the newsletter...the
psycological effects on me is something I wasn't prepared for....!
Lots of fresh fruit around....bananas, pineapples, avo's etc.....these
people here aren't starved!
Thats about it for now