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Expedition Africa: Rodrigues | Bella's Banter | 5 September 2019
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Expedition Africa 2019 Rodrigues

Thursday September 5

So I tried a roasted egg today.

The little roadside shops dotted all around Rodrigues are just so cool.

Sweets, soft drinks, large home made biscuits, deep fried vege balls, bags of nuts. And roasted eggs.

They’re peeled eggs, and brown. The sound horrific. They taste really good.

That was around the same time I was visiting the via ferrata today,  which was especially built for this race. For those who may not be familiar, a via ferrata is an Italian term, meaning ‘iron path.’ It’s a protected climbing route, built with steel cable rail fixed into the rock, metal straps, ladders, suspension bridges and zip wires.

The teams love it, a great injection of relative unfamiliarity amongst a long leg of biking and trekking.

Waving the flag of Expedition Africa’s tag line #itsallaboutlove, today there was a focus on asking teams to send their love to folk back home.

These messages of love came in a few different languages, with smiles and with tears. With legs of steel and determination of titanium, souls and hearts of softness and love works so well. They know some teams have finished, and still they soldier. This at times must play havoc.

And amongst all this, the humour amongst the grafters is gold; ‘This guy is the only person I know who falls asleep falling asleep.’

Then there was the guy who thought he may have a five minute power nap, until he changed his mind; ‘No, I decided to have a cigarette instead.’

On the way back into town I dropped into the abseil, having a bit of chit chat with some teams before they harnessed themselves to a rope that was attached to a bridge. They were super excited, and the instructors could be heard shouting ‘I know this is a race, but you must slow down!’

On the way back to town I caught up with ‘Max the meat man’ as I’ve labeled him. Each day he’s one of many foodie spots dotted around the island, where you can stop and buy freshly cooked barbequed meat. And here’s something; you’ve been hooning around the place capturing footage of humans eight times more tired than you, and stopping at Max the Meat Man or his mate, holds room for perfection. Max is a commercial fisherman in the summer, and this is his winter job. Super happy and super content.

So here we go, heading into another night of teams finishing 2019 Expedition Africa Rodrigues. This time tomorrow everyone will be back. What a lovely feeling.

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