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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #600 on: November 23, 2021, 11:15:13 pm »
 :( Hang tough brother.
We are here, listening attentively, and learning. Thank you.
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« Reply #601 on: November 23, 2021, 11:24:29 pm »
Marius my sincere condolences. I have only now discovered this thread.
No words  :'(
Keep going, and take your time sir.
 
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #602 on: November 24, 2021, 06:45:28 am »
Fortunately for me, there were, at that stage only one family camping at Kapishya and I had the opportunity to spend some alone time on the deck and in the hot spring.
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #603 on: November 24, 2021, 10:03:07 am »
25 June 2021

It was a difficult day for me.

I had planned to walk up the hill, but I was physically tired and emotionally drained. It felt like this hole in me was getting bigger, as if a darkness had descended on me and the pain was overwhelming. I truly felt lost. What the hell was I even doing here?

I spent some time in the hot spring and took a photo of the canopy.

Some Americans had arrived and I was invited to join them for supper. It was a chilly night, but the heater in the restaurant helped.

I decided to have an early night, maybe the next day will be better.

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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #604 on: November 24, 2021, 12:57:23 pm »
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« Reply #605 on: November 25, 2021, 01:21:55 pm »
26 June 2021

I lay in a bit before facing the day and then spending time on the deck, going through and updating my notes. These notes proved to be so influential regarding my mindset, because they reminded me of my experiences on the trip thus far, the people who I was fortunate to meet, the blessings which had been bestowed on me, and, most importantly what this was all about.

It was a little bit about me, but mostly about Brandon, and the responsible position which I had been placed in to ensure that his legacy lives on in whatever I do from this day forward.

I can do absolutely nothing about the past, only today and the future.

But, it does not diminish the pain, the sense of indescribable loss or the fear of failure, which is so much a part of being human.

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« Reply #606 on: November 25, 2021, 01:30:21 pm »
I very seldom comment on threads but I really appreciate you sharing this journey with us and I assure you I am following attentively. I can't begin to imagine what you are going through.
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #607 on: November 25, 2021, 01:37:06 pm »
I very seldom comment on threads but I really appreciate you sharing this journey with us and I assure you I am following attentively. I can't begin to imagine what you are going through.

Thank you for the bottom of my heart for taking the time to comment. It is truly greatly appreciated.
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #608 on: November 25, 2021, 02:19:14 pm »
I had supper with Doug Baker and Delphine Liu, the Americans, the previous night. Doug just travels the world and on occasion one of his "adopted" children join him on his adventures.

I had forgotten to put this up on the 25 June post, when this happened.

While I was sitting on the deck, Delphine came up to me, all shy and demure, and handed me some notes.

The yellow underlined word had not been filled in. I took the notes and went and sat where I had sat with Brandon the previous day. After that, I asked her to fill in the word "impact". That is what I felt that Brandon would want me to have. IMPACT.

Such a young lady with such insight.

I also forgot to mention that Doug came and sat with me and we had a long chat. A caring, passionate and gentle human being. It was an honour to meet you, Doug Baker.

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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #609 on: November 25, 2021, 02:33:22 pm »
Back to 26 June.

Doug and Delphine were leaving, but as I was once again sitting on the deck she brought me some more notes.

I still have not filled in the blank space.

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« Reply #610 on: November 25, 2021, 02:40:40 pm »
Doug and Delphine on their way.
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« Reply #611 on: November 25, 2021, 02:44:20 pm »
I had also met Zandre and Margarite from Tanzania, who were heading back to Dar and Zanzibar.
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« Reply #612 on: November 25, 2021, 02:55:08 pm »
After everyone had left, I went for a walk.
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« Reply #613 on: November 25, 2021, 03:00:14 pm »
And I walked some more.
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« Reply #614 on: November 25, 2021, 03:04:17 pm »
I found this raised lookout platform which takes you into the canopy and spent some time there.
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #615 on: November 25, 2021, 03:35:05 pm »
Another American couple I met, they have traveled extensively. Nicely kitted Syncro.

You earn US$, Africa is your oyster.
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« Reply #616 on: November 25, 2021, 03:47:59 pm »
After some more wandering around, it was time for the hot spring.
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« Reply #617 on: November 25, 2021, 03:50:32 pm »
Pool or hot spring? Not really much of a comparison.
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #618 on: November 25, 2021, 03:56:38 pm »
27 June 2021

Early morning and time to leave Kapishya Hot Springs.
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Re: Brandon Bosch Memorial Ride - Africa 2021
« Reply #619 on: November 25, 2021, 04:06:29 pm »
27 June 2021

Stickers no 21 and 22 went up for Brandon. Every time I leave a little piece of my heart behind.
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