WEEK #58 HOW ARE WE DOING? El Salvador to Nicaragua

Gwingo! Gwingo! I hear from the side of the road. Little children calling out to me, unable to pronounce the word “gringo” correctly, it makes me laugh out loud. They learn the words from their parents. No clue what it means. Except that you call a white man a gringo. Even if he has a red beard.

IMG_6336It’s been a heavy week. The temperature is rising, which means the alarm clock is being set earlier than usual. I wake up at 4:30 a.m. to be on the bike at 05:00. It’s necessary, around 10:00 in the morning the heat rises to 30°C, to get the 100 km average per day I have to leave early to make sure I don’t burn, literally. Every 25 km I take a short stop to cool down, sometimes with a cold soda.

The past couple of weeks have been truly rewarding. Visiting Niños de Guatemala, the Caserio El Esterón school in El Salvador and in just a few days I’ll be in Ticuantepe, Nicaragua to visit the project Atelier Favela. Seeing the children and meeting the people behind the projects is an amazing experience. To get to know them, to find out what their drive is, the reason they do the work they do. All the work put into 99%RIDE is paying off. We are finally able to show our supporters what’s happening with the donation they made. It feels good to see results. To see people smile because of a visit, a donation, big or small, it doesn’t matter. To know there are people who share and care about others. Even though they don’t know each other, there is a certain connection. I see it as a privilege to be in the middle of it all.
IMG_6258It’s been an interesting ride so far, lots of ups and down. It’s good to know the bad days are put in the shadow by the good days. And it’s easy to have a good day. One smile from a child or person along the road and I call it a good day. Sometimes we have to learn to appreciate the things around us, the little things.

Take a step back, realise what you have. Can you share some of that with others? Making others happy is one of the best things a person can do. And the easiest. The good thing is it doesn’t take much.

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From León, Nicaragua,

Dirk Spits


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