I unintentionally rode 16 K today, that’s 9.94 miles and if I had known that’s how far I was going, I would not have gone. Thank God, I optimistically left in faith. One of my schools is seriously rural and has only one bus time out @6am and one bus time to return @330pm. Since I don’t plan to wait at my school six hours, as my class is at noon, I had two other options. Ride a moto taxi or a bike. When I tried to get s moto taxi last week they wanted to charge me more than how much I pay to go to Managua, which is three and a half hours away, not twenty minutes. Which is the devil. So I opted for bike today. I borrowed my family’s bike to try the ride out and see if I could do it. Travel out took me an hour. I stopped three times for water but made it through asthma, smoke in the air from nicas burning trash, gravel and steep hills. Took me 45 minutes, but I rode the whole thing out… Only to get to my school and be informed my teacher was not there she went to the doctor for some abscess on her hips and would return tonight. I knew I needed at least an hour to rest before returning to my bike extravaganza AND the teacher there begged me to help the students with the upcoming singing competition. Of course I said yes. Backstory: The end of August is the English festival and its kicked off by a regional singing competition where students of all grades sing songs in English. The teacher informed me id be receiving an invitation soon to be a judge for it. I. Am. Ecstatic! My class is singing, “We are the world”. The trip back was much easier, probably because I knew what to expect and what milestones I’d see. I made the trip with one stop, literally two blocks from my house and in 30 minutes. Looks like next months paycheck is going towards a bike and I can forget about gaining any fat, clearly I’ll be gaining muscle weight.