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Points of interest: traditional farms; various crops- cassava, millet, sorghum, cotton; a few Fulani. Middle Togo is homogeneous in vegetation and topography. The southern half of the one north-south highway is flat. It is an OK bicycle ride depending upon the heat and humidity of the season , but it is often lined by dense shrubs and modest trees. The shrubs prevent any vistas and view and the tree are not high enough to shade the road or be majestic.
If for no other reason than they break up the roadside vegetation, the village add an accent and some interest to the route. Often villages have a specialization, like charcoal, carved mortars, baskets of a particular fruit or vegetable. These are displayed along the side of the road for drive-by consumers. To gets out into the community and spreads the economic activity the preference is to not take meals in the hotel we are staying at.
After walking the length of town, the best and only option for dinner and breakfast were open air tables. In the evening the tables are often run by women who set out an array of pots and pans with pasta, rice, beans, meat, chicken, fish, hardboiled eggs, multiple sauces and salads. The decor may not be anything special but meals are tasty and provide good fuel. In the morning it is nice to find an omelet table. These are general commanded by men.
The eggs, bread and hot drink are usually a sufficient energy boost to take us through a morning bike ride. One benefits of "en plein aire" dinning is you can see the city come to life. It is easy to spot the students because they were uniforms. The older students often bicycle themselves to school. Younger students are often chauffeured by an adult. There may be several young students on the back of a motorcycle -- a truly 'high occupancy vehicle'.
Addendum: In the course of things, back on the coast, the bicycle of one member of the group didn't arrive. There were also some advantages to tackling the task on a holiday in a small town than in a city. All things considered we found the bicycle merchant relatively expeditiously. The coup is he keeps much of his inventory in store rooms as his house.