Jason leading the ride.
After spending a couple of days being pretty ill, I woke up on Monday feeling marginally better and so Jason, Harley, and I went out for a ride in the bush outside Techiman. This was both a great and terrible idea. It was terrible because my body was exhausted from 2 days of expelling everything that had been in it, and heading out during the middle of the day with the sun so high was also probably not the greatest idea. We had to cut the ride shorter than we had intended because my body just couldn’t hack it. Oops.
But it was also awesome because we went out riding in an area where Village Bicycle Project has done a lot of programming, and we ran into a few folks with their bikes out on the farms.
James with his bike.
We interviewed these two guys about their bikes, and were especially keen to ask how many repairs they had needed, where they repaired their bikes, and if they had any tools. So many bikes in Ghana get literally ridden to death because people don’t know how to recognize when repairs need to be done or there is no repair infrastructure around to fix the bikes. Both of the people we ran into kept their bikes in good shape, had had repairs done, and one of them had attended an advanced tools workshop and clearly enjoyed wrenching on his bike.
So even though I spent some time dry heaving on the side of the road, it was still totally worth it.
I’ll load more pictures next week – my connection right now is slow, and this internet place is playing New Direction on repeat and I need to leave. Laterz.