We seem to have been going for so long & haven’t even seen a bike yet! Off to meet the others & breakfast at the lodge in the company of lovely cappucine monkeys, noisy parrots & a very large hairy spider. Most then went on a jungle walk, but having done that just a couple of years previous & being aware of the high heat & what’s ahead, I & others decided to put our feet up in the shade. So cleverly timed to coincide with the heat of the day (40 degrees plus) we were introduced to our bikes which we adapted to our own needs – bike bags/clip less peddles/own saddles etc whilst being watched by a large group of local kids who must have thought us mad.
The heat took its toll early & both Doc Brian & Penny amongst others, seemed to suffer. There was a late & somewhat disorganised water stop & we later stopped for lunch, half way up a hill with no shade save the side of the trucks.
However the food was good & the onward trip to camp (they said 20km – seemed more like 15km) was soon over & after a quick lesson on how to erect a tent, we found a glorious river which we enjoyed along with the local kids – bliss all around!!
Had a very good dinner & bed at 8 or 9 depending upon stamina levels. Not the most comfortable of nights in such unusual surroundings & trying to get used to very small tents/sleeping bags etc. However up at 5.30, tents packed away, great breakfast of fruit porridge etc & off into the already sweltering day at 7.20.