I'm sitting in the airport in London waiting on my flight to Nairobi, Kenya. I know things have been a bit quiet on the blog front, decompression the past two months was my MO. Yes, Kenya...No, Rwanda. Long story....
About a month ago when I was decompressing in northern California, simply enjoying my new bike, riding the coast and spending time with friends, I was introduced to Dave Neiswander, Africa Director for World Bicycle Relief. I had become friends with Mike Kollins back in October 2009 when he came to see the gorillas in Rwanda. It was a completely random meeting and I found it ironic at the time that he was doing in Kenya with World Bicycle Relief was essentially the same thing I was doing in Rwanda with Project Rwanda. We stayed in touch via Facebook and when things were beginning to wrap up with PR I sent him an email simply asking him to keep an ear to the ground for opportunities in Africa. I knew I was not finished with Africa or distributing bicycles in Africa. My passion for the power of bikes in Africa continues to grow. Mike set up a meeting for me with Dave in July.
Everyone always asks what it is like to be back in America. For me, it was nice, but I knew from the first week I needed to find my way back to Africa. Yes, the modern conveniences, the amazing riding I was doing on my brand new Time road bike, the great food, seeing friends and family all wonderful. But in the end, I knew I was not ready for a move back to America on a more permanent basis.
I am truly blessed. I was given another incredible opportunity to be in the bike business in Africa and to do it with a company like World Bicycle Relief is a dream job. Funny how a few years ago I was trying to figure out how to live abroad and do something with bikes and be able to support myself. Today, that is exactly what I do, thanks to an incredible support system of friends, family and even an ex-husband back in the states and a network and support system abroad. Life is remarkable.
I am back....the blogging is back...the adventure continues. Stay tuned.
(The new picture on my blog was taken by Leah Day, World Bicycle Relief Founder. It is true, a pictures says a thousand words.)