Feb 25 – Day 42
Given the uncertainty of what is happening to my body, I have decided to stop cycling until I can keep any nutrients into my body and I want to do more than just go horizontal ALL the time. So, into the van I went.
Today’s adventure was finding water for the group. With 90 people (cyclists, staff, and local support) we go through 3000 litres in 3 days. Our capacities are 1-1000L water buffalo, 2 -100L water stations, 2 – 500L storage tanks, and 2 – 20L hand wash tanks. In Ethiopia, well water is plentiful; however technology to access it is not. So, by the second town we found a school that had a 10000L tank holding water from a 60m well. It is no problem for us to buy the water from them but with no pump and limited pressure, it took a couple hours just to fill the 1000L buffalo. I slept during the fill time and used the facilities of a local’s home. It was interesting to go inside the fence of a villager – there was a two story mud home, an animal area, banana plant garden, and a path back to a latrine (a dirt hole with sticks over the top and surrounded by burlap sack walls).
We only filled the one tank as tomorrow is a rest day and we were already late. By the time we arrived to camp, several racers were finished and there was no water or soup for them! The efficient staff quickly set the kitchen up and had the food cooking. I, of course, went horizontal, but felt better at 4pm so taught the first yoga class in many days. It was so wonderful to have the energy and mind to practice with everyone again – Namaste! – Kendra