This last week has been full of adventure. Rather than tell you about it and then give photos, I’ll give you the bullet points via photo stream.
So this is Freya at the Bus station at 4:30 AM. Yes she is knitting! Her newest aspiration in life (as if it wasn’t enough to be an epidemiologist bas-ass) is to knit her very own socks. So far it’s a long process. Hopefully Mom can give her some pointers!
This is Jason at 4:30 AM at the Bus station. No pity is to be allotted in his direction, it’s his own fault that we’re here this early and he’s the only one with coffee. We’re all about to get on a bus to Techiman, 8 hours north of Accra.
This is our awesome bus. No only does it have airplane seats installed inside, it also has A/C and a BROKEN Television. There is nothing like eight hours of peace and quiet on Ghanaian public transit.
After 8 hours of travel we landed at the Techiman Field Office, aka the Agyeiwaa Hotel, where we hungout in the gardens til all hours of the night waiting for our pizza to arrive.
The next day Jason and I set out for Bonkwae, where I got to see my first Village Bicycle Project Workshop! I’m still very impressed with the amount of work that goes into teaching people about bikes!
My favorite part of the day: jump the hoop with an old tire.
On our way home I stopped in at the markets to find a broom. As I walked back, I found myslef following this very talented woman through the back alleys of the Techiman markets.
The next day we went for an epic 50km (30mile) Bush ride! While we were riding through for fun, the roads we took were taken by most villagers everyday for work, and school. Along the way we ran into plenty of people who wanted to show us their bikes.
We weren’t lost, but we may have needed to look at a map and back track a bit.
This family got their bike almost two years ago, and it’s still in almost perfect condition!
Rule number 1: Always take the road less traveled.
Still not lost, having a ball.
Maybe a little lost…
River crossing! Jason swears there used to be a bridge here. I’m less convinced. There was some talk of vaulting across, but cooler heads prevailed.
Trail chop round mile 15, oats and milk and bananas made by yours truly (carried by not me).
Finally made it to Akapo’s shop before the last hill back to Techiman.
Back at the Field Office recovering by taking a nap in the grass. Covered in mud and so very happy.
Beer with a straw never tasted so good.
“You have to get up sometime, don’t you want pizza?”
Team photo at 6AM in Suhum. If they look a little rumpled and tired it’s because they are.
Back on a bike! She’s no Cecelia, but with a little TLC New bike and I are gonna conquer the world (or at least Accra). Name suggestions much appreciated! Freya suggests “Hindenburg” but Hindy for short, since the tires are gonna blow any second now.
AS you can see, this is pretty fragmented. Lots of things happened in between, but I don’t have photos for them. Things here are wonderfully busy, lots of travel and great adventures.