By Riaan Manser
In a global first, nearly awfully, Riaan Manser rode a bicycle correct round the continent of Africa. It took him years, months and fifteen days. He rode 36 500 kilometres via 34 various nations. In round Africa on my Bicycle, Manser tells the tale of this epic trip. it's a tale of blood, sweat, toil and tears. it's a tale of triumph and occassional catastrophe. Of nights out below the celebs, of searing warmth and rain, of unending miles of Africa and of urgent on and not surrendering regardless of the odds. commonly but it is the tale of 1 man's braveness and backbone to flee the mundane and notice the continent he loves and feels lots part of. it's a tale of the human heat he encounters, and infrequently human wrath and hostility as he crosses bothered international locations and borders.
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I totally understand if you won’t be. I just don’t want to worry. It might take him twenty minutes to write back, or an hour, or three. But he’ll always write the same thing. I’ll be home soon. I know I’m fucking up everything. No, I’ll write, all sweetness and light, you’re not fucking anything up. Have fun. Come home whenever you like. When I hear the lock in the door I’ll initially feign sleep while he undresses and cuddles up guiltily beside me in bed, but I’ll make sure I give his hand a reassuring squeeze so he knows.
I’m attracted to his courtly, old-world brand of machismo. Butchers are known for their corny jokes and their sexism, but when the man behind the counter calls me “sweetheart” or “little lady,” I find myself flattered rather than offended. Most of all, I’m attracted to his authority. There’s an absolute sureness to a butcher, whether he is chining lamb chops with a band saw or telling his customer just how to prepare a crown roast. He is more certain of meat than I’ve ever been about anything. Rippling deltoids and brawny good looks are nice, of course, but to me a butcher’s sureness is the definition of masculinity.
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