1/30/2012 into Midelt


“Miles from nowhere,

think I’ll take my time,

to reach there.”

Cat Stevens.

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The morning is so cold I need to wear everything. My water bottles become slushys.

Yet people are living traditional lives throughout these mountains.

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I climb to 7400 feet, sucking in all the thin air I can, loving the ascent, the views, the wildness, the stark beauty; this is what I cycle for, this is what life was meant for.

And then, there is the descent.

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I coast for miles, pedaling backwards in a futile attempt to stop shivering.

I end up on a mile high desert plateau. Large geologies arise and vanish as my small wheels spin.

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The road intrudes on timeless mud brick villages.

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Homes arise from the earth and crumble back into it.

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He looks cool in my sunglasses, but I doubt he has bathed in months.

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Miles from nowhere,

think I’ll take my time…

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to reach there.

Midelt, a more modern city.
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City kids.

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What a great, great ride today. How good life can be.

6 thoughts on “1/30/2012 into Midelt

  1. Hi Eric,

    Yes I am coming home for a while on March 6th. I wrote about it yesterday in the entry titled “Turnaround.” If I keep on without a break traveling is going to become routine and less enjoyable. What feels unique and rich to me is to stay in one place for a while with comforts around me.

    • Yes, in bed. The room temperature is in the 40’s. The shower was lukewarm and made me colder. But I have a sore throat and headache this AM and am going to stay put for today.

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