New another new team member Thorsten, from Germany.. Found applying for a visa at the Kenyan embassy in Addis Ababa. You can count the number of people per month who cycle this obscure route to enter Kenya on one hand, so to bump into someone with the same idea is very lucky indeed.
The plan was to cycle solo and meet up up with Aurelien and Amalie at strategic points enroute. So now I don’t have to drink my evenings gin & tonic on my own!! Bizarrely you can find this drink in most bars where the usual selection is around 5 dusty bottles on a shelf. It will set you back all of 15p. Another of those bottles will be ‘Spearmint’ (Creme de Menthe) and other will be Ozo. If you like these drinks then Ethiopia is the place for you! Beer is more popular and ‘Jumbo Draft’ is my preferred choice.
Gravestones. The number of swords represents the number of enemy killed..
On the road
Cycling past traffic heading to a weekly town market
Anything that calls it’s self a lodge tends to charge outrageously high prices. Not wanting to pay more than an upmarket hotel just to pitch a tent, we cycled 100 meters down the road and I asked if we could camp on someone’s land. Problem solved.
Shashemene and Hawassa
Lake Hawassa fishing Cooperative
To Arba Minch
Shown around by a friendly guide who found us in our hotel. Our arrival coincided with a religious festival where all churches in Ethiopia take their copy of the ark of the covenant and parade it around the streets. Arba Minch also hosted a huge outdoor service.