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Day 2101: Bahir Dar – Addis Zemen, Ethiopia

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 10 - 2016

Distance: 82.6 km
Ride time: 4:04:19
Average: 20.3 km/h
Max speed: 49.3 km/h
Total: 52792 km

Compared to the central part of the country, life is getting tougher up here in the northern part of Ethiopia. It seems to me that a fair amount of the land I passed today had been flooded in the recent rains.

Unfortunately the rougher living conditions also means that the kids were getting more annoying. After more than 1000 kilometers of cycling in the country, the good thing is that I’m getting more used to the situations now. A stone here and there is just a part of a normal day on the bike. These days I’m always cycling with my music or podcast at the highest volume which means that I can’t really hear all the people who yell. And so, in my own bubble, I’m making my way through the stretch of Ethiopia.

I managed to shoot this short video of the kids running after me with their whips. I feel like I’m dealing OK with the incidents so far, but on the other hand I’m also very much looking forward to being done with the whole thing.

In Addis Zemen I checked into a hotel that was very much still under construction. My room was nice enough with a new bed and new blankets. It seems like the building quality is not really the same as back home. When it started to rain, a steady stream of water came into my room through cracks in the brand new wall…

Tomorrow it’s the last day on the bike before taking a break in Gondor to sort out my visa for Sudan. That will be a much needed break.

Categories: Ethiopia
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One Response so far.

  1. The kids don’t let up, do they. 🙂