It was a beautiful sunny day. I never really understood what the phrase ’beautiful sunny day’ means until I started riding motorcycles. A sunny day is every rider’s wish.
To commemorate the third anniversary of Exposure Digital, I have embarked on a biking tour across all 30 districts of Rwanda. I had been to all these districts before but I overlooked some of them during my previous expeditions. In some districts, all I did was stopping by for a cup of coffee en route to another destination. In others, I toured so extensively that I discovered the top 50 things to do there.
While executing the new campaign dubbed 30 Districts Motorcycle Adventure Tour, I am covering all districts equally. I am on a mission to find out what each one of them has to offer.
This tour is powered by Indakangwa, a made-in-Rwanda adventure motorcycle. Just like my awe-inspiring journey of discovery launched three years ago, the new campaign began in Karongi. I have been accused of favoring this Western Province district but those who have visited this paradise on earth understand.
I hit the road early in the morning and crossed Nyabarongo River twice before reaching my destination. This river seems to be all over the place. I barely leave Kigali without crossing it. It is part of the upper headwaters of the Nile and a primary source of domestic and industrial water supply in Kigali and other parts of the country. The longest river in Rwanda flows across all five provinces, forming boundaries along the way.
I rode past the districts of Kamonyi, Muhanga and Ngororero before making it to Karongi. Over the past three years, I have been driving through these administrative sub-territories without sparing some time to discover what is in store.
Traveling in a car feels like watching a movie but doing so on a bike feels like staring in that movie. The Kigali - Muhanga part is smooth but the stretch between Muhanga and Rubengera is a ragged surface of potholes. I don’t have any problem with the potholes because Indakangwa is built for the roughest and bumpiest rides.
My first stop in Karongi was the district’s headquarters where I met Samuel Mushimiyimana, the district’s Public Relations Manager. Putting his busy schedule into consideration, I tried my best to make the meeting as short as possible. Samuel is passionate about what he does. The district he serves occupies a special place in his heart.
After my conversation with Samuel, I realized there is much more to be discovered apart from Lake Kivu, its breathtaking shoreline and those stunning islands I always write about. Obviously, I didn’t even scratch the surface during the limited time I spent there but I will share my latest experiences in Karongi through the next few pieces.