Cycling In Aburi – A Badass Adventure
Akwaaba to you TWA family!! Let’s take a trip to the green hills of Aburi, one of my favorite places in Ghana. Been a while I indulged in any sporting activities, hence the whole body ache I feel from yesterday’s adventure with the girls(Stephy and Coco). Felt like the three from Charlie’s Angels. Well I saw this coming, same experience after my hike to Afadjato.
It was mad fun yesterday cycling through the hills of Aburi. Prior to leaving the capital, Accra, I’d stocked up on an odd selection of provisions (mineral water and mobile phone) – a day’s worth and just enough to fill my backpack. My partners in crime were already at the meeting point waiting and off to our next adventure. Code name-Aburi by bike. Know how to ride a bike? Myself yes! Herty yes! Stephy No! But there is always a first time.
In the wise words of Ernest Hemingway “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
Nevertheless, we started our trip in the comfort of a motor car on that beautiful Saturday morning. An hour drive from Accra, we hit the curvy mountainous roads to Aburi and arrived in one piece. We then started our adventurous day by picking up our rented gear from a rental shop in front of the Aburi gardens and cycle through the town to a nearby waterfall. We rented 3 bicycles To use for the day.
While my bicycle’s brakes was being adjusted, Stephy took the hard lessons of cycling for beginners. She had no experience whatsoever yet she was soo hopeful she could master the skills in 30minutes before we set off. Gearing up and Stephy’s schooling took a couple of minutes but the time finally arrived to begin our journey. Well, we commenced on a good note. 5 minutes into the adventure, I realized I wasn’t as good with the bicycle as I thought, even at that I was doing better than someone I know *wink*.
Unlike my previous visits to Aburi, which can only be described as a commute of sorts, today was the bike tour I had imagined: all empty dirt roads, lush green valleys and scenic landscapes. Africa can be exquisitely hot and humid, halfway into slogging up hills, Stephy and I were forced to hand over our bikes to our guides while Coco still rode on hers without much difficulties- hey girl🙌🏾. They helped move the bikes to a point where we could paddle without much difficulty. We got to a point where Stephy couldn’t go any further with the bike so she had no choice than to continue with a taxi to a point where cars couldn’t go further.
I must admit it was very challenging at the points where we had to ascend the hilly roads and very fun descending, it’s a moment you must experience. Coco and I cycled through the town of Aburi to Obosomase to a point where we had to ditch our bicycles and continue by foot to the waterfalls. All these time, Kofi(one of our tour guide) was behind us making sure we’re safe. The hike to the falls from where we left the bicycles is about 10mins. In all, one can spend on average 50mins to arrive at the waterfalls. The girls and I used more than that because of the numerous stops we made on our way and the many epic falls from Stephy’s inability to ride the bicycle.
The beauty of nature made us forget all about our stress upon arrival at the falls. It is beautiful and serene 😍 not the usual falls am used to seeing. 10minutes after our arrival just when we were beginning to enjoy the place, it begun drizzling we couldn’t be bothered cause we were already wet from the falls but the question is what’s there to do at a waterfall when it’s raining? Make sure not to get our mobile phones wet and walked through the rain to get our bicycles.
Really? Are we going to take on this challenge riding a bicycle back to the Aburi gardens? No Way! Thankfully, a group of young men put off their domestic duties and seemed to rejoice in helping us push our bicycles to the junction where we could get a car to take us back.