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Biking in the Northern Province

Biking in the Northern Province

As I mentioned yesterday, I am on a solo adventure ride around the rolling hills of the Northern Province of Rwanda. Today, I am spinning around Ngoma, Rusiga, Mbogo and Tumba sectors in Rulindo District.

I am writing this during one of my regular water breaks. From time to time, I pull over and sip some water in order to stay hydrated. As I do so, I also spend some time admiring the beauty of the land of 1,000 hills and capturing lasting memories.

This is not one of those coffee breaks that take place in artistically designed cafes — where the baristas, wearing welcoming smiles, avail themselves whenever I need help in studying their menus. I have to admit, I am not well versed with the culinary vocabulary.

Definitely, this is not one of those coffee breaks taken in coffee bars with thought-provoking artworks hanging on the walls. Not one of those breaks in cozy tea rooms with shelves containing books no one reads.

Not one of those breaks taking place in joints frequented by racially diverse customers. The ones usually spotted working while sipping aromatic beverages. The kind of customers who are always glued to the bright screens of their laptops. I am talking about folks who attend Zoom meetings in public places — speaking the language imported from the other side of the ocean.

This break is different. For starters, I am all by myself. No baristas, no patrons who speak to their devices. This is an outdoor thirst-quenching break on a beautiful, pristine hill surrounded by equally breathtaking elevations. As I always say, one beautiful hill surrounded by its lookalikes pretty much describes the destination I am covering.

The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring expeditions on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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