Leading up to this point, we had several meetings regarding Kenya, the elections and what TdA are going to do with us riders if things became politically unstable. The tour organizers were of a mind that it would be safe to cycle the first few off-road days but then, closer to the Election Day, 4th March 2013, it was advised we bus through the rural villages of the north. During the last elections there were a large amount of political demonstrations and riots that foreigners should not be caught in the middle of. We all agreed that, with safety and security in mind, it was best to skip the isolated parts of Kenya and bus straight to Nanyuki and hide out there for four days until the hype of the Elections has calmed down. I suspect that everyone was secretly relieved and excited to skip the Meltdown Madness off-road section and have a bit of a break from the bike, a few days to make this trip feel a little like a holiday. However, we had been warned that the bus ride to Nanyuki would be long. It sure was. It took two days to reach our destination. It was hot, stuffy and probably the worst bus ride I've ever had. I actually began to think it would probably have been better on the bike, because busing over bumpy corrugated road is very uncomfortable. Luckily, we did plenty of stops and so the days on the bumpy bus was perfectly manageable.
|First off road days cycle in Kenya, it was HOT AS HELL|
|TdA getting ready to pile into the "Still Going Strong" bus|
|Everyone still looking happy on the bus|
|My bus buddies, Erin and James - Good company helps let time fly...|
As one might imagine, The TdA trucks were fully loaded. 60 bicycles now needed to be transported by vehicle, as well as all the TdA equipment for the 4 month trip, which usually takes up most of the storage space. But somehow and someway the talented and creative TdA crew managed to get it all packed away and ready for transportation.
|Our convoy through Northern Kenya - Fully loaded TdA vehicles|
|Security in front of the bus...|
|Lunch Stop on route to Marsabit|
|Political Rallies as we enter Marsabit|
|At one of our village stops I found my perfectly suitable workshop "Puncture Repairs"... Where were they when I needed them most in Egypt?|
|Landscape was incredible...|
|Lunch stop on route to Nanyuki...|
|Making friends with our convoy Security, they turned out to be quit friendly and not so scary after all...|
|My buddies, Claire, Phil and Steffen having a good laugh|
|James the Australian on Safari was by far the Limbo campion of the Equator party...|
|Myself with Claire and Lizzie dressed up silly|
|Crossing over the the Southern Hemisphere... Whoop Whoop!!!|
We had two days of cycling after Nanyuki to get to Nairobi where we would have yet another rest day. At this point I thought we might start getting lazy, seeing as we were off the bike more than on. But the day's cycle out of Nanyuki scrapped this lazy idea very quickly as we covered a distance of 120km with heaps of climbing in humid, hot conditions.
|The beautiful, lush, and green scenery of Kenya makes cycling a hard day that much more bearable.|
|The lovely fresh fruit markets lining the roads.|
|Midday lunch stop, always a great sight to see in the distance...|
|Pool at the camp site is a taste of heaven for TdA riders|
|River Rafting Camp site|
|Claire and I enjoying the pool|
|Cute puppy at the camp site getting some loving from TdA riders...|
After a massive feast, we rested up for the following days ride into Nairobi. I was terribly excited to get to Nairobi, because my father, Nick, and family friend, Rudolf, were due to arrive and visit for a couple of days as a moral support booster at the halfway mark of the Cairo to Cape Town cycle tour.
|On the over lander making way to Nairobi... Can you tell I'm excited???|
|Yay.... United with my Dad!!!|
|Immediately time to celebrate....|
|Showing my Dad around the TdA camp site and daily routines|