We met up downtown and headed out around 7:30am, with an estimated travel time of about three hours. I try to go for a cycle a couple of times a week, but it's hard to get much distance in the city, so this was set to be my longest ride since the end of H2H in February. As we headed south through District 7 nearly 10 military trucks full of young men in uniform (we weren't sure if they were soldiers or some sort of police) passed us while the guys raucously shouted at us.
Eventually we reached a ferry crossing on the river, and the soldiers were on the same boat. The short journey across the river allowed us to catch a few glimpses of life on the water, as well as the skyline in the distance.
|a navy ship|
Once we exited the town situated around the ferry landing the road opened up to a six-lane highway with a median down the middle, which is bizarre because there isn't really anything out there. I wasn't about to complain though, as this meant our cycle would be relatively smooth and traffic-free. It was a hot morning, and we lathered up with sun screen before continuing on.
After ambling around for a few more minutes we saw that the bridge was clear, so we went to check out the crocs. They were all just hanging out in the water, not moving at all. I wondered what would happen if a monkey fell out of a tree and into their pond.
Luckily the monkeys mostly left us alone, probably because several idiotic visitors were feeding them, which you aren't supposed to do. One couple fed a few some peanuts and then started freaking out when the monkeys followed them. What did you expect? Here are a few of the mischievous animals.
|I shall call you Ebola|
When we got back out to the road leading out of the park we saw that a troop of monkeys had formed a gauntlet. I wasn't thrilled about riding my bicycle through that, but we got out untouched. Just as we were leaving the trucks carrying all of the soldiers we had seen earlier came barreling down the opposite direction. Judging by the amount of hooting and hollering coming from the troops, they had done a bit of drinking in between the ferry and the park. We had left just in time. Dealing with 50 drunk soldiers and a bunch of monkeys would've been the stuff of nightmares.