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Awassa to Shashemene: A Pilgrim’s Progress and a Nude Mother Nature

Awassa. Her seductions are truly seductive to a lone cyclist. To linger is seemingly the only choice. But this cyclist was aware of another interesting town whose fame, mysticism, lenient laws about “da herb” had traversed its borders, and where … Continue reading

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Three gratitudes to Life, Song and Damp Clothes

If you ever ran away from certain death or grave injury like I did on my way to Awassa, you might have failed to realize the things that other mortals usually realize when they run, or ride, for fun. You … Continue reading

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Dilla to Hawassa

What I did not tell you is that I did not sleep outside at Dilla after all and the reason is quite simple. For I having gone through every pocket in my stinking clothes on and off me managed to … Continue reading

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But You See Not a Log of Beauty in Thine Own Eye

What makes a man want to ignore beauty in beautiful things, in beautiful simplicities, in picturesque windings of a smooth country road? What beauty is there in baby monkeys playing by the roadside as if assured that cyclists are harmless … Continue reading

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Camaraderie and a Long-journeyed Guardian Angel

‘Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride,’ The shade replied, ‘If you seek for Eldorado!’ – Edgar Allan Poe I see you remember well, dear friends. I had promised to tell you … Continue reading

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The Solace of Doves, Coffee and Coke

I woke up as sore as if I had laid on a bed of rocks with the devil making a plaything of me all night. Every muscled part of my body painful to exertion. I doubted I would ever make … Continue reading

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Finding Delight In Torturous Exertion

Just outside Mega is the hypnotizing sight of ochre-coloured ruins of an ancient Italian fort, strategically placed at the highest place. The early morning yellow sunlight that warmed the derelict walls and the thin misty blanket of rising vapour that … Continue reading

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