It's the journey, not the destination!
03.06.2009 12 °C
It has been more than two weeks since I have been back in Canada and yet, my body is restless and my brain has not adapted to my daily routine.
What am I suppose to do with easy access to clean water, no fear of diaerea or snakes, food at every corner, going to the bathroom in the middle of the night looking at my walls instead of the stars, sleeping in a bed that I don't have to fold every morning, falling asleep with the noise of cars instead of hyenas singing around the camps, feeling exhausted after a gentle bike ride in the Gatineau Park, and many many more "strange" things/feelings?
But, rest assure, there is always hope and I shall soon become "normal" again (i.e., a reasonably well adapted person - if this is ever possible). For the moment, I am holding to my memories of a trip that amazed me behond any description.
I have put together this slideshow as a way of thanking all of you who helped and supported me before, during and still after this journey.
For those who donated to the charity cause, you will see pictures of a bike donation in Zambia - this is just one example; there were bike donations in most of the 10 countries we crossed! The bikes you all helped to "come to life" went to community groups, health workers, etc. A bike is a hope and life in Africa; allowing health workers to reach places too far to walk, to see more patients, serve as ambulances, enable kids to go to school (which would have been otherwise too far), carry the essentials (water, wood to cook, etc), and so much more. Thank YOU! Thank You! Thank You!
Personally, I will never look at a bike the same way after this trip!
Note 1 : the slide show is about 25 minutes. It is hard to compress 4 months of discoveries into a slideshow! The first two pictures are from the Tour d'Afrique website, but the rest are mine. THE SLIDE SHOW IS NOT FINISHED as I had technical problems with my camera in Namibia and South Africa - I should have more pictures to add for these countries in a week or so.
Note 2: I have not yet found the way to import the slideshow in the blog - so I am hope that this link work!
THE JOURNEY NEVER ENDS!