I’ve listened to audio books throughout my entire cycling day today, finishing the one I started yesterday, and making it almost to the end of another one. (No, it’s not dangerous. I only use one earplug, and traffic always has priority.)
Usually, I like reading a lot, especially before going to bed, but due to the blog I haven’t had much time to read so far on this tour. This has been bothering me. My mind doesn’t feel sufficiently stimulated.
Already half-way through the tour, it took me long to realize that I could easily read a book a day—I’d just have to do it while cycling! Today, the entertainment factor of my riding day has re-gained levels that I hadn’t enjoyed since northern Sudan. Now I can’t wait to cycle and read more!
Stage 43: Babati – Singida (Tanzania), 157km
Road & traffic condition:
Great tar with hard shoulder; little traffic (though I had a crazy minibus driver cut into the shoulder and pull up in front of me on a downhill—I shall be excused for using swear words in this instance).
Overcast, mixed with rain mid-morning to early afternoon. Nice and cool for cycling, yet dry at camp—perfect.
Chicken coconut curry and salad—yummy!
We cycled past Mount Hanang, Tanzania’s fourth largest mountain. I didn’t stop to take a photo when we had a great view of it because—unawares—my Garmin had reset to miles again and I thought a better photo spot was still coming up (at the kilometer mark that Tallis had advised us). Luckily, I caught up with other riders and realized my miles/kilometer confusion only 25km into my ride today.
Cycling into Singida, we rode past spectacular sandstone formations. Unfortunately, they were still a bit too far away for my Gopro to make out on the photo below.
At tonight’s campsite, the hotel rooms were so cheap (less than USD 7/night) yet surprisingly decent that—without having had the intention—I afforded myself the luxury of a private bathroom and proper bed (even with clean sheets!). How nice!