Today’s ride out of Maun flew by, partly due to good company (thanks, Kevin!) and to the blessing of a strong tailwind. Everyone seemed to be having a great day, and most of the riders arrived at camp before 2pm, leaving us plenty of time for reading, afternoon naps, and other TdA luxuries. Christina motivated me to go for a run, which gave us a chance to stretch our legs and to catch up on girl talk.. I love the network of amazing women on TdA. Later I took part in drama class, lead by a co-rider Bastian, which is teaching us much more than acting.. Bastian is amazing at getting us to explore how we express ourselves from our heart, mind and ego, and how other people may perceive this expression. Great life skills I will cherish long after I head home.
Tonight the staff hosted a ‘talent’ show as part of a friendly competition called Bo-bo-bonanza that’s happening as we ride through Botswana. The crowd was wowed : ) by food art created out of PVM bars (the energy bars we are given while on tour), beer chuggin by some of our finest riders, and entertaining story telling from Peter the Poet (aka Plumber). I also got a chance to talk with Alyssa, a Canadian woman who has been traveling by herself all the way from Morocco. She hitchhiked most of the way, but recently bought a bike in Zambia and is riding a similar route to us, although she is traveling totally unaided and carries just a small sleeping bag and a mosquito net, along with a few clothes and books. Her stories are amazing and I am totally inspired by her courage and determination.
On top of the great friends, easy riding,much-needed downtime, quality entertainment, and inspiring stories that I am grateful for today, ending the night with a glimpse up at the incredible blanket of stars that cover the African sky filled me with a sense of peace and wonder that is often missing in my ever day life. It reminded me once again of how blessed I am for the opportunity to experience a journey like this and grateful for all the people that have supported us along the way..