105 km – Rim camp to Addis Ababba
We awoke to the most gorgeous sunrise over the gorge… pinks to violets. The enjoyment was short lived as we had to “bust out” of our camp. A local had barricaded logs across the entrance demanding we pay him a camping fee even though the local officials said it was public property. Steven, one of our staff drivers, took a huge hammer to the logs and the trucks were free! I rode the lunch truck the whole day, trying to respect my body and its ill health.
It was much nicer to enjoy the day in Ethiopia, watching the racers sprint to lunch (congrats Paul!), laugh at Scott riding a donkey, and just listen to the chatter of camp and the tour as I rested in the grass at lunch. All the riders gathered at 92km and convoyed downhill into Addis where Kari was waiting for us!
How lovely to see her familiar face smiling at our arrival. Everyone was quite anxious to meet her and get information on the fabulous hotel she found. We took various roundabout taxis and shuttles to the Adot-Tina where hot showers, fast wi-fi, beer, and clean sheets awaited us. A little modern medicine (I have given into conventional stuff now for the duration of this trip) and I was ready to enjoy our dinner of red wine and chocolate cake. I love this group!