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Published: February 28th 2019
I travel quite light, if not very light compared to those who schlepp mega suitcases around every airport.
Apart from my riding gear i have a small bag, 40 x 40 x 25 cm that contains all I need.
I can’t fit my bag into the top box without dividing things into three pieces of luggage, two plastic bags and my bag.
Had I checked it out before I left I’d brought my own luggage, but the again it’s a German bloke who owns the company and he should know that you need some luggage space, but sadly the only one to blame is myself.
I left with a slight drizzle that soon stopped, Thank you Dog for that.
I navigating using my phone and maps.me
and as usual the app or as in other cases the sat nav has some strange ideas about the shortest route.
It can’t possibly know that someone just went down my little shortcut with a bulldozer and turned it into mud heaven, but why leave the main road and go up some muddy slope and into a village and then drop back on the main road again, it’s beyond
It does make things slightly more adventurous.
Anyway bar the detours and the mud the roads are good so far so I ain’t complaining, the landscape is nice and green and the traffic is ok, I was deliberately going quite slow as today was to be a shortie, 50-60 km.
I’m now at The Beach Resort Hotel and have just had a banana stew lunch, must be both the first and the last time for that, it also took for ages to cook, the plantains are slow to cook and inedible if raw.
The do a lot of that stuff in Central America as well.
I’m trying to get somebody sort me out a game drive in the Kageera national park, so far no luck.
I did get a hit but for double the prize of the Kruger park i declined their offer.
It’s very rural and and haven’t seen any shanty towns and there are a lot of quite ok looking houses.
I think that I heard that the government is helping out so that everyone has a decent house.
Loads of schools everywhere and according to the guy
at the front desk Sweden is helping out quite a lot.
Better help the Rwandans than supporting Hamas.
The lake thingy was picturesque but the room was a bit of dump, but when they’ve got monopoly ie the only place around, you just bend over and smile.
The monopoly also showed it’s ugly face in the restaurant prices, double Kigali prices.
breakfast was nice, a nice omelette and fruit and good Rwandan coffee, they’ve got that thing down pat.
USA and Canada come here and learn what coffee is about!
The next stop was to be in……… some 90 km away, I wonder why I was told to go there, it must have been for the ride, the ride here was great, I did have some doubts for a while as maps.me
lead me up a goat trail, that in places was worthy of the road we took in Nepal.
Piano piano qui va montano, slowly slowly and go far, so i did go slowly, partly not to crash and partly because it was very nice, I crossed some mountain range. with nice views every where, there were people everywhere as well.
Rwanda is heavily farmed, plots everywhere and as far as I can tell the fields are tended by hand, I’ve yet to see a tractor.
Loads of kids on the road as it was the end of school, lots of waving and smiling, which i try to reciprocate as much as possible, but when you stop and try to take a pic the vanish like beer money on Friday night.
They all have school uniforms and as many girls have as short or even shorter hair than the boys, the only way to tell them apart is that girls wear skirts.
As always in Africa there are people everywhere, walking down the roads, and bicycles overloaded with farm produce, some has such big a load on that they can’t ride bust just push their bikes along.
The Arch diocese is running the guesthouse where I’m staying now.
They gave me room number four but gave me the key to room number three, after some signing and some talking to the staff I got a new key, with the tag for room number 303.
So far Rwanda is not very flat and that’s nice, the
place where I am just now is at some 2000m or so so it’s quite cool.
So much for the sweltering heat of Africa.
But so far no snow and that’s nice.
Also no internet, it’s out of order, how am I going to survive?
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