My First Ride Out to Offa. Part 2
We woke up to prepare for the trip back to Lagos. Breakfast was yam and sauce; Yam and egg and tea, coffee and chocolate drink.
Once we had eaten, and everyone was set, we were road bound and set off at about 9 am. Our route was to ride from Offa, Osogbo, Ede, Gbongan, Ikire, Ibadan, Sagamu, Lagos.
Heading out we stopped to fill up at the NNPC station in Offa and then set off.
Heading from Offa to Osogbo was quite tricky as we were more often than not rolling on roads which were under construction, “it seems Osogbo is one big construction yard lot of roads being constructed or revamped”. We hit Osogbo in an hour and went on a merry go round cos road works meant roads were closed and we had to find alternative routes.
In looking for alternative routes, as a sharp guy, i left my visor open lo and behold my first fly in the helmet experience when on the highway. Its a not a funny something o, I was perturbed and almost overwhelmed with the buzzing in the helmet and had to make an emergency stop to save myself. Of course my guardians were there to sort me out FD and Maestro. Once i sorted out the helmet we rolled off and caught up with the others “they had waited further on” and we continued out of Osogbo through to Ede (nice breezy and fun ride).
Journey took us through to the Ife – Ibadan expressway. This leg of the trip was serene and smooth with plenty of fast riding all the way through to Ibadan where we hit quite a bit of traffic between NBL and Iwo Road round about. While filtering through the traffic, a pedestrian crossing without any care ran into Dicta’s bike and broke the right side mirror ( I could see fire coming out of RC’s nose and ears fortunately Kanu rode up diffusing the situation). We then rode onto the Lagos – Ibadan expressway which is undergoing construction, this was the hardest part of the trip (even harder than the Oyo – Ogbomosho stretch) because I was riding in position 2 right behind the RC and boy o boy Dicta moves in motorcycle through thick and thin. Because of the road construction there were points on the Ibadan to Ogere stretch that required a lot of visioning, good judgement and a brave heart. I was baptised that day (I rode to Ibadan and back alone a week after this trip). There was a point where i was overtaking a trailer on the rather rough side of the rode and right there the road suddenly went rougher, wetin man wan do na, so you increase your speed get past the trailer and bring your bike onto the road (o’ boy my heart cut o but Liver was intact).
The rest of the journey through to Lagos was cool. Lucky for us traffic was light and we made very good time. We ended the journey at the Cauldron in Alausa with thanks to the Almighty for journey mercies and looking forward to doing it again.