Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Osadabwa on January 07, 2017, 07:38:16 am

Title: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on January 07, 2017, 07:38:16 am
Happy New Year, bikers! :snorting:

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, Neb and I had to wait six whole days to go for our first ride. Unforgivable. And worse than that, the rest of my pals still haven’t gone out yet. Bwa ha ha ha ha! Suckers!

So we dropped into the valley. We raced half of Ngong 1 and did the rocky cut over to Oloishoibor Community Center, past the new road made for the Standard Guage Railway Chinese Construction Machine, and made it a tiny way down toward Saikeri before Neb disappeared from my mirror. Knucklehead tore a hole in his tube. Just like Kolobus did on our last ride together, and almost in the same spot. To add insult to injury, Neb didn’t bring a spare tube! Once again, my nagging about preparedness had been ignored. Sure, Neb, take my tube… take my wife while you’re at it!

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Above: Observe carefully boys, that’s the look of shame

Fortunately, Neb made up for his neglectfulness by being up for anything… the tougher the better for him (he’s younger and dumber than the rest of us). So, I aimed our wheels down the bobble-head rolling stone track that links to the Oltepesi-Najile road. The stones laid me out early on, but with no lasting damage I regained my balance and we tiptoed and slid down the escarpment, found a broad shade tree with a view, and had some tinned fish for lunch. I was knackered from the descent, but the rest and the food revived me.

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Down on the Oltepesi-Najile road, it was after 2:00. To make time, we did a leap-frog method of riding where one guy blasts ahead for 5 minutes, stops, snaps a pic of the next guy as he goes by. It worked brilliantly and we made blistering time up the road. I’m very used to this track, but this time we did it in reverse and it felt like a completely foreign trail. Gullies I hit full tilt coming South were sphincter clenching going North. Once, even with my GPR cranked up for the purpose, I had a mid-air tank-slapper off a stone that rang my proverbial bell. Man I love this bike…

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Stopping in Ewaso Kedong for a cup of tea, we enjoyed the typical friendly banter with the Masai guys hanging around the Investment Hotel.

Them: “Let me ride your bike”
Us: “No”

As it was quarter to four when we pulled away, the plan was to re-trace the powerline route back home, but as we got going, Neb had a different plan. He led us farther down the road to the entrance to the Mayers Bottled Water company where as a wee lass, Neb used to play on his adorable 250. It was a cool detour. Set up against the escarpment, a spring comes out of the hill and creates an oasis of un-poached acacia trees. We walked over to the source of the spring and then rode the bikes to Mayers’ iconic century old fig tree before climbing out onto the old Naivasha road for the cruise back home.

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Above: While Neb negotiates our entrance, I notice the eedgit has failed to tighten his bead lock after the puncture leading to a dangerously twisted valve (note the nut twisted against the rim… shame Neb, shame!)

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Above: An amazing bike over the Great Rift Valley and two happy looking bikers at the Mayer’s Fig tree

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Above: Parting shot with Mt. Longonot in the background, from the first Duka on the old Naivasha road

This shall be the first of many rides in 2017. Can’t wait for the next one!
 :snorting:



Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: RrP on January 07, 2017, 07:59:40 am
All the best for 2017 looking forward to more of your rides 👍
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: JonW on January 07, 2017, 09:12:06 am
That looks like awesome riding country.

Looks exactly the same type of terrain that we have here in the Kzn Middelrus / Muden / Weenen area.

Designed for 650R's  :thumleft:
Title: Muden alright
Post by: Osadabwa on January 07, 2017, 07:49:30 pm
Thanks RrP, much more to come... still dying to get to the Suguta Valley which looks like this:

(http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/aerial-view-of-sand-dunes-in-suguta-valley-kenya-picture-id182696992?s=170667a)

Jon W,

I just had a look at your recent Muden ride. It does look similar! Definitely Pig country

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Mr Zog on January 09, 2017, 04:47:11 am
Dream riding, on dream bikes, in dream country  :drif:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on January 09, 2017, 10:40:25 am
Again excellent ride thanks for sharing,May 2017 bring a lot more saddle time for all of us  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on January 09, 2017, 03:18:08 pm
Checked In!  :thumleft:

Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: NovaT on January 10, 2017, 10:57:42 pm
Subscribed.

Enjoy the rides!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 14, 2017, 06:52:32 am
Them: “Let me ride your bike”
Us: “No”

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Happy New Year and thanks for an always entertaining RR from stunning Kenya!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on January 19, 2017, 11:49:28 am
Run out of go-juice?
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: saklx650c on January 20, 2017, 02:14:26 pm
Nice ... also looks like husky terrain.
Title: Inauguration Day Ride... If you can't beat 'em, roost 'em!
Post by: Osadabwa on January 21, 2017, 08:12:51 pm
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The Pigs were restless and in need of a splat. Mine had been in the garage for the better part of the week getting a couple of new bits bolted on and fixing a wee error I’d made when I last put her together: I’d mounted the throttle cables in the wrong holes on the carb… restricting how much it opened by about 25%. Needless to say, I was red-faced at the discovery, but very happy once back out on the trail! O the speed! O the power! O the mighty BRP!

Panic (seen below hatching an idea) and I didn’t exactly rip out of town. For whatever reason (maybe because it was inauguration day), it took a few kms to get the gumption to start twisting the throttle in earnest. Finally, after having passed the reservoir and the Chinese tunnel project camp and all of Ngong 1 and Olepolos, we turned off down a track that inspired serious braaaaping. It was just right for drifting and in the relatively early light, it was beautiful as well. The valley is bone dry, but the starkness is 9/10ths of the allure.

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We stopped on a dry shoulder of dust at a duka that had sodas (for a change). While we were extolling the merits of the Pigs to the guys there, one of them changed the subject, saying: “Today Trump is going to be the US president.” Which led to a long political discussion that included me drawing pictures in the sand to explain the Electoral College and just exactly how this gentleman won the election despite being 3 million odd votes down in the popular polls. “I see” he said, “So in order to balance out the small vs. the big states; it’s not really one-man-one-vote”. “Here in Kenya, it’s one-man-one-vote. And here I thought America was the greatest democracy in the world”. (If he didn’t say it, he was thinking it.)

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It was hot enough by 11:00 to melt your brain. Even the gazelles had already taken shelter under a tree. The terrain is odd out there; being so close to the center of the earth and all maybe it’s not surprising. Mostly, it’s fesh-feshy dust, but there are outcroppings of white, concrete-like dried clay (a repository for fossils of early man) and mine-fields of black volcanic rocks. Moonscape kabisa.

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We took a quick breather in Oltepesi and continued North, heading the opposite direction from usual toward Najile and Mt Suswa. The track begins in a pile of fesh-fesh and rolls its way fast through the rocky hills and sandy flats. We were leapfrogging along, taking turns in the lead, and made blistering time. By the time we reached Najile, we were starting to feel peckish, so we hunted down a bit of shade and chowed down some tinned fish and salted cashews.

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It was two O’clock. Time to aim for home. We decided it would be fun to take the little powerline track back, and weren’t disappointed. The first bit, near Ewaso Kedong, is a blast. The lowland portion starts out as a flat, straight shot over dusty ground ribbed for our pleasure with bumps made for bunny hopping. Turning off the bigger section onto the track, the first several KMs of turns are fast, dusty drifters. Higher up the shoulder of the escarpment, with a view over the valley below and a cool breeze seeping down, the track is a pebbly rolling rockfest in places with some off-camber bits leading to a decent enough tumble if approached wrong.

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Things in the valley are undergoing major changes. Apart from the power lines, the Standard Gauge Railway project (for which Kenya is now 1 Billion USD in debt to China) is punching holes in mountains and cutting roads everywhere. At the end of our trail, we dead-ended into a Chinese camp at the mouth of another tunnel. Presumably in a few months’ time, the railroad will be traversing where we just finished riding. Hope they leave a bit of Africa untamed for us bikers.

I was very glad to get out with Panic again. It’s one year since XR650Rs arrived and they are now officially broken in. The plans for upcoming rides keep getting more elaborate, and I can’t wait to hit the trail again soon.

Go out and do something nice for somebody today. Go on, buck the trend.  :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Crossed-up on January 21, 2017, 09:19:35 pm
Great riding country, but how long before it's carved up, fenced and in the hands of the wealthy few?
Title: First solo trip of 2017
Post by: Osadabwa on January 24, 2017, 06:54:31 pm
Sure, it's Tuesday, what of it?

I woke up feeling ambitious. I felt like riding (nothing new there) but this morning was slightly different… I wanted to ride without stopping. I wasn’t into exploring new tracks, I just wanted the feeling of going fast… the sensation of the Earth moving beneath my wheels. So, I blasted it down the valley, retracing oft-used tracks starting with the little powerline track (a new favorite) which dumps you out near Ewaso Kedong where I skipped my customary cup of tea and just keep blasting, past the fesh-fesh and stones at the base of Mt. Suswa to the riverbed that cuts its way free of Hells Gate National Park. After that, I’d make a return plan. That’s the best part of riding solo. Freedom to shake it up a bit!

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Above: Feelin' good

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Above: Some views down valley from the little powerline track… L. Mt Suswa, R. Mt Longonot
 
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Above: A wrong turn off the powerline track and you could find yourself in a “hole” lotta trouble
 
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Above: Having ridden past Mt. Suswa and across the tarmac road, I was down in the sand near the entrance to the riverbed with the long shadows of morning painting the scene.
 
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Above: This is my second trip down inside the Hells Gate riverbed. I was surprised it was still wet this time of year.
 
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Above: I decided I’d climb the riverbed as far as I could go. At first I thought this tree would stop me, but I was able to squeeze under it.
 
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Above: Eventually, the riverbed dead-ends into a canyon less than handle-bar width across. It would be fun to explore on foot, but feet are for pedestrians. I’m a cloven-hooved biker.
 
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Above: Some of the water leaking in is cold, some is hot and sulfurous. I’d been smelling the geoactivity for awhile already by the time I got here… was starting to wonder if it was coming from me.
 
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Above: A particularly hot spot shines gold on the rock face… too hot for the green stuff to grow on.

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Above: Dead end… but it’s still early (I look fresh as a 40 year old daisy). Clocked 100km of dirt, sand and stones in 2 hours from home. Try that most places. Riding in Kenya is unparalleled.

Having so quickly explored the depth of the canyon, I began weighing my options. It was too early for lunch, so I decided I’d just keep on blasting. A quick look at the GPS had me debating how I should proceed. I could ride up Suswa, but that would mean paying an entrance fee (and there was always the risk of getting caught in another wire fence (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ng0zBMEKhBInj6Yeg2-DicsR8umOXyG3yGuzc_tVuzTzyGLgG5ilBDxtToUII0w0lD5KmBOpFIigVeVWESS9slEKvs8NSFGtD7BvjOMc1gDG6YYC3hZM_Jd_oo04zvrR-UiZZe5W5fmVbm7EX-Ya6EFyAhbwd2JxpVT6AYMReoJKoyucL1jD5bvecxefSiVYeewuc2qS0Mkw1fzMUlz7J_dfFUkmPvGdLojPNrAQuHsegw49JDXoLBYRyaxQAqcro0OUIq3Z_-Mk_ZSMq3pPeDKUgxsgHhIXYMr8wnYzU6iFGNSprGihDf4lP_MjN7eFT7nRwud3yJeRweXLEUxl-6oyDKv7QViFSwGtAe-WZdsn19lOJEMNLT7dA4NB0aJfpoxqLLJFROoognlOvoZuk_c2R7UR-BXhtU4bBUqTiCCgmIJexa1igYwJkbZZ6sLj_YRiu0zJg-wxy7d7d2TEmO1x6o1wrTQEWNu9SIWeArVH4I2tAPOfRmu1eYEtaQqQ0Kwiqx5b9gzEEZ-hUgOzccqDzf0sHzZKbJCRZhdMQn_IFkmMwGMqMRCXX4QLqgbxllApaQgJjdtcE4R8Iltkq5pdBSI-D64JvAOMmce-z5IvpCi8Yp3D=w408-h272-no)), or ride around it. Today, I opted for the latter.

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Above: Last views in the canyon.
 
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Above: Well past the west flank of Suswa, I was in and out of riverbeds again having a blast drifting and leaning around the bends. Once or twice a dry waterfall kicked me out, but I would quickly find a way back in again.
 
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Above: I wondered if this fence was still hanging around. One year ago this month, Panic and I brought our new-to-us XR650Rs out here (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=191888.0) for the bikes’ maiden African voyage. We thought they were great then but they don’t hold a candle to the bikes they’ve become in a years’ time!
 
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Above: Popping out of the riverbed and winding through a detour around a washed out bridge, I tested out a duka I usually ignore. Sure enough, they had Coke! Not cold, but it was 12:00. I had been riding more-or-less without stopping for 4 hours straight and needed some soda power. I scared the owner half to death when I rode up, but once I got the helmet off, she could see I was harmless enough. A boda-boda rider came around to ogle the bike. Always amusing. He dusted off the headlight for me… tested the rear brake (after asking if it was, in fact, the brake) and seemed unable to fathom the fact that I had come from Nairobi and was going back to Nairobi… just for fun.

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Above: From the duka, I just blasted it. Not even pausing at Najile, I turned and splatted homeward. It’s the fastest continuous stretch of road down the valley, and I was loving it! Rode all-out for a full hour without stopping once. 5 hours and 260km after I left my cozy home, I was back in first-world Karen at J’s on Ngong road just up from Moto ADV hammering a burger and fries. Not a crumb was spared. While I gorged, the Pig quietly tick-tick-ticked herself cool in the shade like she just got back from a trip to Starbucks.

There will be more solo rides in my future (just don’t tell my wife).  :snorting:

 
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on January 25, 2017, 08:51:34 am
Awesome man!
Like the writing as well.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: DRAZIL on January 25, 2017, 09:28:04 am
Braaping awesome :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Kortbroek on January 25, 2017, 02:29:18 pm
Fokken briljant as we say in these parts. The riding there looks absolutely stellar  :ricky:

Couldn't agree more on the bikes. Haven't yet ridden any bike that gives me the same smile factor as the BRP.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Rebelwithacause on January 25, 2017, 02:42:31 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on January 25, 2017, 02:45:14 pm
Another great trip
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on January 25, 2017, 03:10:37 pm
Verry Verry nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on February 01, 2017, 07:01:11 pm
Oooooooohhh... another ride is in the making  :snorting:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/16suXUwHvMVXewu5fvvgkaZhqXyHdmvc_svzpWSoAHqran89JQY1dokZ6B4x5F2q_CectnpA6Qf-H6Pr87QH4toOzA6HR8PUxW0HFym8Ruxm1zyPwoj5tkGBnoSwf3SV-wuiY9z8MpavtaZFu1dwnrWvkNQaWBw8rSFYLdjcNzAUe6PVi0M7wbBoPLfHj8yOvdX2tIAKoOL4bpfqVv21D534vbLfVae0-NJhcwDD0E-1G8kBNYpMoWD6ScYHFnZR8Lkooha1SxnxdRGAlIqSdhlIiV0BwSztE3TuRhwtPcz_621jBcy2zErx0C-kzyW_oOKbWyXy_zM5HUv6IF9Xm-dZuuH5WXYjHak1LBvpqprxNYz70CaPMxgD6xOKwP9eeVgi5OAR6_u-ov376_2_66WxGXoPdAVjTZe7KbC6j8bo49NueXfGVue_r9BFgRwRHxQ6O8-p7DhpMvIQCaogDfInUEl5qasg7d9suoNZA6nT2IlUG4VrIvMSs99sXKDm5niZ4xDapRvHVb9SqeL1vxv4SrrpTc5jddBXmcLZoiBk5EfgG2JCxO9sOFAUX8SRpziFa3sZbY1VV05d3ktT95lbmjsEDquToHEUC-by2H9ug8w_Ak-Vc1LWr5zo4JmWqYDRPJ-SIumnVHbhXzSnyMWhRtCZuEi4meZEc8OPKg=w864-h339-no)

Have fun working, chumps, I mean, amigos... we're off at dawn tomorrow!
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: NovaT on February 01, 2017, 09:03:47 pm
Oooooooohhh... another ride is in the making  :snorting:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/16suXUwHvMVXewu5fvvgkaZhqXyHdmvc_svzpWSoAHqran89JQY1dokZ6B4x5F2q_CectnpA6Qf-H6Pr87QH4toOzA6HR8PUxW0HFym8Ruxm1zyPwoj5tkGBnoSwf3SV-wuiY9z8MpavtaZFu1dwnrWvkNQaWBw8rSFYLdjcNzAUe6PVi0M7wbBoPLfHj8yOvdX2tIAKoOL4bpfqVv21D534vbLfVae0-NJhcwDD0E-1G8kBNYpMoWD6ScYHFnZR8Lkooha1SxnxdRGAlIqSdhlIiV0BwSztE3TuRhwtPcz_621jBcy2zErx0C-kzyW_oOKbWyXy_zM5HUv6IF9Xm-dZuuH5WXYjHak1LBvpqprxNYz70CaPMxgD6xOKwP9eeVgi5OAR6_u-ov376_2_66WxGXoPdAVjTZe7KbC6j8bo49NueXfGVue_r9BFgRwRHxQ6O8-p7DhpMvIQCaogDfInUEl5qasg7d9suoNZA6nT2IlUG4VrIvMSs99sXKDm5niZ4xDapRvHVb9SqeL1vxv4SrrpTc5jddBXmcLZoiBk5EfgG2JCxO9sOFAUX8SRpziFa3sZbY1VV05d3ktT95lbmjsEDquToHEUC-by2H9ug8w_Ak-Vc1LWr5zo4JmWqYDRPJ-SIumnVHbhXzSnyMWhRtCZuEi4meZEc8OPKg=w864-h339-no)

Have fun working, chumps, I mean, amigos... we're off at dawn tomorrow!

Enjoy chump!  :ricky:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on February 02, 2017, 06:04:11 pm
Hey Osablahblah, haul the XT out of storage and do a report

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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: saklx650c on February 03, 2017, 11:37:14 am
If you keeping laughing at us desk jockeys we will have to stop reading your RR's. :patch: .... don't know what else there will be to do - maybe the for sale thread. :lamer:   
Title: Shompole and the bad break...
Post by: Osadabwa on February 04, 2017, 01:40:27 pm
Right out of the gate, I saw my ass. Fully loaded with around 20-25kg of kit in back and 26L of fuel up front, I came skidding happily to a stop at our usual place and went down like sack of spuds. It had rained and left a wee layer of mud just under the dry top layer. No harm done, though I couldn’t help wonder if it was an omen of what was to come… (in showbiz, that’s what they call foreshadowing).

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Above: I pose with my fully loaded, muddy little piggy

I was psyched up. The plan was for 3 days out, exploring a heretofore unknown link between Torosei, a village on the very border of Tanzania, with Shompole, the nearest settlement to Lake Natron on the Kenyan side. If that worked out, we’d decide what to do, where to camp, and where to explore further. But first we needed to make our way 120km south, so the plan was to hit it non-stop to Mile 46. The road as usual was great, largely due to the plush ride of the XRR which makes the stony surface feel silk knickers. We were taking turns on point, stopping to take a pic or a snippit of video as we went. All was going well until I came into one dip a little too hot considering I was fully loaded. Near the bottom, I gassed it and leaned back, but came down hard on the other side, hitting the bash plate with the full force of a lifetime of bad decisions. It made an awful sound and lifted me off my seat. Miraculously, I landed on the rubber with only a whack to the balls to show for it… or so I thought.

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/X1eeDhJTN0iHAtuIvoQKGhBgAgga27EIXDFHGCPyucmSzl9Wmb9kvrIoYYAKAbkKQafY3OhK7SxmtxM7czaVdi6D6GR6NfWbleFI-cEtwrCokgALGSVyUdcaY2ZLfdzIvEFwxAdhn-jPtdyTnj9xNfEcYbPcfRFokKQYawTx1RIlF1EUAfKREffKtG9XPUpNWdb_5whWphpdy9iSszwBRVTrJNyVk90ShrKQZLalB7AuGYoxdqfuKGeOTRIxsd6wt_byWctDaPOhTGM2EQ8Cs4hArs8nfE2HcHtzNPALsFFqYFn_6UkwfgVnHA2wCLuUZPWJBoVIwjX2vWrpNpyEyQCIU6Qsjmxl5KfaUIyYh6MdHY3LBCzUWwtYeZMAIjJyG7H5GHB8Dzutf47ggoLzFEvHjEUo46rztpQWKbIyB0xQGoPO7hYhwCSOGsqbGsXpbqjAllzZpT8pGUw57OE04CBayJD_KUaFvM5eXP-J0xAB4CRJHKqQllpvaOsXVPD3DqiQEwWal5hU3sfVaj4COs21K4RzaHl1exYNKJdm6TDhxsKbeVNgqUo-d_fa2Q_U5dfAOK4PnxB8VCk2U1vfyhXEIFGY_jFdhvEbHSiTQzwPcoo2oiwi_r03l6UmXgK3Z4LERT8Q9XvYk2ATlU3nK9b5RygG0uPzOyA1eo-U2g=w864-h576-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/r6XsAdmc60MmSYJB6piNfOtur089ViFKDiVxrxwPNg994cLrOA3GAcaKX5NXUBgkE3PL-UkLryoSCMX0cpx_0xBBtYpydo8UqWDaC7ah42dl24zRG341nTOFPxc9gsbmHn-hqRZK9nd1JtUMdjZjtxYcHQdZ8HolYkLhJuJcuatDYS5oDut78fMaB6ystNFUpesMasg8aKWPYw1MhckM5CQNg6-euTaqGW3SceG-FBxD5z2g4_RqGH2srdGODDAtoqZ2YoLnBp-tMlLNa43ARly892hmfwmV-7koDLC6CUt2CSPRw3cTsKkEngAFsovXiv8qd0lL_S0QSAXh7uTp3ZMhaq-JlACfAjWeKyiACh3WGxdQ85oEV4Han5xqTEN8688NuaOkl-dMUKIxk0c6ppy-PLCV5shovxxBHaJMNxrgu9VmanotTyt_aqIeo96eRdPn_4STac4dCJCTTKGPbjpabTyuYw0TkJLD5mM-6gLdjPfA38x2KFXEpOXNNlLetwrt-heckA5YdBekPoLUgIXlVRp_4eCUjU32ZxdKAaaHOTegxeDWbH6JAaFWe8EZzTLHqHS2kjA2diWDt3ZWqBs-zKmD7GG0fHzT6P2LQvBB6OOhGfUYG_VK6SFo59xFNap_eiqapTnpZ2FWFUnk_nEa-DkznaEmNct8E3joyQ=w864-h576-no)
Above: Red arrow shows impact zone, yellow arrow shows region of pain!

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jROSStYbaODhPh_r8zZ323YBR5nqjJ-e69sXMNZEWRUvMFOVemPJvwOB3DZt9SDdKw5Z82Y3wldgoD8xlS1In3ACC50bd0fJfHKyWwtjjhs0N3-_WsHiJZamML3DbDbGB0TWWTvmS_vhVsId9vDs09U9XEYPtGWswXQUIyiUNN8g4pTIbFM55ktx20EcBZDGLFDdWIKn3qFohZujtLccM6rir1cieqJz03_TtjeneV2-gCEVjrg6f5-p4l0MucriUMYbDVUJYuCJ4YJssuajbGOcOVrMmWD69lcGNLzk-phNCnN7hZbk7NmU7OxYcBTlaua3YpJF0IzEL-ucOy4XHeMEliqtYiH9lf3J7-mUIvZIkFPWzVCRS-LYeYiAcd5kpCzbK-I_9b-pmk1s5WJ7lwfLTGxmE0KKyOwQ3jitLhIPeoX47q1Bx57aYwqhoG0-3euioFc9jdSGv7NspYWDjEa4-ihk6aeJ6HN5f7MKHEzh7dx4VEW1072zpMDa-NU1EXWc5LmuStq_cBbc1dfkY70_hT3U4E8ApB9foM3bax8RBlm7h-nX0eV5OvtUAOC9fUvLnhhnnFszrzqSb5kDN5_QU_nvwA0EE_dAuXUJmrSoq7Va9HqC1u4q7YJq5ipWN5yLz-k1VFvIGhjvPA-57mAHZow2l6iZWHGSdB1q0g=w864-h576-no)
Above: Perhaps overdoing the drama a bit, it was nevertheless a serious hit. I left some skid plate in the dirt, shearing off one of the bolts and pushing the whole thing back 2 inches. Fortunately, nothing else seemed out of order, so after I caught my breath we hit the road again!

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/CQdfMK7GKTvuieourgO8Vn94vf51wwM2NR4LFzCsiwdjDCT-vZf61xVMVEMVCqQmnMpysCa2XD1vxdVkMeB44xsKuKieGBPzfVwAbH5JMaUG-lGLB1n5ayh7oJ20t_OsKfuYZr3PyX-Sm8QYTZvvCB_XuA7UCpeKVp5qlh7smjtpxlMrrd2ekuIkmnZnxIJyXqrwuvEX5_gMAtKhbF_z9xznnw9rgO2JWBYYIrdk6NYgJxVPV9crNsbyxJwLhzpxU7S10KBC6Rjnbj_DJUBDaJZhcMiuCOJXaXiqax89KxwvMuDl2C8JWWJjRWQKp_B8Ne1ovS3ilaLf0Xm-FV-n0K9xjcrsmsqucBqrIK0wowDQYDD7L6fv3uChYJvvAl7vXsLBMfwCz7QUSFrM_RrwSGSwgLzdL9n5W9c-7OykX1QqiZW-u2bqZNOwtIRT72bUvvefHO7jr6PvnFdADSQhACYLnAmPEAEJTjV7fc_hR4GeWiDuHP2jJA0ptBfZhqgLXxDlT5IEVexVhu5EmWo_--QxtAVdOCe51ER9W1V-Q4AkuxgBBnuKLhfw9mtBHmkDuCJJtgcZWZMZhA1xRhDY3UorwiEcOiujzoP4H6VjLl0PxZvYD1AkK3xilxCGqrjP-rr5-ChUx4Te8cKkNzOLfKLdtfu4oZniHYlfcQuP2g=w864-h576-no)
Above: Skid plate looking a bit twisted under as Panic blasts past

Arriving in Mile 46, I made my entrance as usual by jumping over the railroad tracks and skidding up to the Oasis restaurant. That’s when I noticed my headlamp assembly was staring at my fender. Both of the Baja Designs metal brackets had broken. Frankly, I’m not surprised. That system is sorely under engineered (especially for the money, BD, and yeah I’m still sore that the battery pack you sent me was dead on arrival). So, while Panic ordered chai and chapo, I set to work improving the design with heavy duty cable ties.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/i1Pwa6TJwNQeXzaqez6dU7gX96bH-QErpjZ3R4xnKXWcSIG0g7xJ58Pb9zvrhO_AMmwpF-920mMJlB85x2fG-pIeuPAqFbWL7rCjRnnv_OB-gRgeA8kVEXc3X-RhaZdqnhUh4wnP_abjMIO8W2eH1deqNCG2QZyCAQchL4rhWaBF7Vf9lQJMot7HgO95BOzbYufo-v9GmB-F8YZq-nRnyN5mKSlSqlUKGf9M6WBoC5ybXijVZX6ehzC3XdU7vpFgVisuH3-0fuCp2FeeffkZaHD83EGDo9UN4mRdmwH6Oy15jWXWOUu3uM1vzUkR7YkwMMQisZDAwGyz8_bpY9dtGZCjwp521CynpvB_I56959iH-k540lLDqmX-VS2m9M-GsFvuN1yh7BM6OF-d94HsGpNYCL2Fzwj8XcLOnI1PU7_pwe8i3flge_2vzdc-lCP2vwutQMMQuAi6eSFQtMi-vSOfVQxpyWojcB4Y039wogSFkiSTzehFyDnKw4alLSeyo398FiUIrHbz3dpw-Z1bniId7q4s4ndhO-1dFH-SURUIH3cUFJ9JAMDhhvCcWPpP1oZwRE7cVgcIMDJ-D2RUVhzVfMIJDep4V0xui03JnsVJJU478vMiUw8xMxGUZvx6mAzTC5ssyXFPHdRsOIHJKnVkAXvyeIUBGCLyPa0xQA=w864-h576-no)
Above: Fixed it with zip ties. A modern-day MacGyver

With a serious sugar high from the tea, we ripped out of Mi-46 for Torosei. Another brilliant road. As the crow flies, about 50 km due south. It felt like we got there in a heartbeat. Here’s some video from the morning:



In Torosei, we bargained with some bodaboda guys to show us the track to Shompole. One guy finally agreed to take us to where “there is no other trail” and we were off. Riding slowly behind him was a challenge as the track was prime for little throttle blips and drifts, but he soon deposited us on a dry, stony spot with a whiff of a track vanishing into the distance. We bid him farewell and toodled down the track. It was fantastic. It played along through trees awhile, over rolling rocks and coarse white earth before turning toward what I’d identified on Google Earth as a formidable mountain. The track sliced right through it, following a rocky riverbed before emerging on the other side on the floodplains East of Shompole Mountian. Fantastic stuff!

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to be continued...
Title: Shompole and the bad break continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on February 04, 2017, 01:46:36 pm
The Magadi-Shompole track we emerged upon was a mud-puddled mess. Much of the area is just a giant fesh-fesh field that thankfully had been subdued by recent rains. The water doesn’t sink in, however, and the fesh is seriously slick stuff when wet, so it was a good idea to avoid heroics and ride around the larger pools. We arrived in Shompole town where, while sweating profusely, sipping a warm soda and hanging with my newest best friend, I noticed that my rack was loose… somehow not surprising given the tracks. I torqued the bolt down and off we went.

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Above: My newest bestest friend. He actually agreed to be put in the panniers as long as we took him with us. His mom said no. What a hag.

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Above: Shompole mountain selfie on the one metal bridge

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Out in the salt flats West of Shompole, I was feeling ornery and gave the Pig a big squirt of throttle thinking she’d dig in nicely to what I thought was soft ground. Instead, she slipped like a fat lady on roller skates and left me tumbling around in the dirt again. It was hilarious and Mr. Panic got to see the whole thing. I was fine, but when I went to pick up the bike I noticed the carrier rack seemed loose again. So, I again I tightened up the bolts and we set out. The open plains were amazing, flanked on one side by Shompole and the other by the Nguruman Escarpment. We turned North at the village of Mpakase and immediately ended up in a mudslick that on my GPS turned out to be Lake Shompole. We slid around awhile, found the track and cruised through the deserted wildlife area to the campsite, with plenty of giraffe and zebra around despite there not being a blade of grass anywhere.

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Above: Panic on the salt pan

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Above: The error of my ways

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At the campsite, I made a sad discovery: my subframe was broken. Not cracked either, broken through. That meant that there were only 3 points holding my ass and all of my kit off the rear wheel. It was with a heavy heart that we decided to abort the rest of the ride, which meant we worked our way through two days’ worth of Black Label to compensate (and to lighten the load…). The following morning was beautiful, birds chirping all around us. The river, so muddy we didn’t even wade in it let alone swim, had receded in the night and sandbars were showing. Loading the bikes, we bid the place farewell (all the while being watched by two Maasai herdsmen 20 feet away) and rode carefully toward Magadi and the horrendous tarmac road home.

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Back in Nairobi (even cautiously riding and with a stop in Magadi, it only took 3 hours) we cleaned up, ate some food and hit the garage. By afternoon, we had the subframe out and I’d organized an aircraft welder to meet me to discuss repairs. TIG welding aluminium isn’t for sissies, so we’re hoping for the best. All works out, the Pig’ll be back on her hooves in no time… if I can get the sump guard bent back in shape that is… bloody thing is all kinds of messed up.

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All told, still a brilliant ride.  :snorting:

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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on February 06, 2017, 09:07:56 am
Agreed, still a great read!  :thumleft:

Leka video clip too.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: DeeCeeBee on February 06, 2017, 11:43:18 am
Fantastic riding and writing style there!
That kind of terrain is what I have to look forward to here in Australia.
My pig is itching to go and explore.
Thanks for sharing and for tagging me on fb.
Darryn.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on February 06, 2017, 12:28:26 pm
Excellent ride sorry about the sub frame on the photos it looks as if this is not the first repair  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Busted
Post by: Osadabwa on February 06, 2017, 05:37:21 pm
Thanks for the feedback Darryn, @Bud500 and @ROOI,

ROOI, well spotted. As you know, that spot has a threaded rivet insert which acts as a mounting point for the rack (at least the rack I have). When we got the bikes, my rivet insert was spinning around inside, so we thought we'd just drill it out and put a nut on the other side. Problem solved... temporarily as it turns out. It would seem that we weakened the structure with our modification, leading to the break.  So, the aircraft welder I found to make the repair has replaced our mess with a solid chunk of aluminium complete with a heli-coil insert and extra gusset in the corner. I just got it back and it looks great but we may have to grind some of the gusset away to make room for the airbox. Anyway, if all goes well, the Pig will be back on her wheels tomorrow. Not half bad for Africa (if I were still in Tanzania, I wouldn't know where to begin).

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on February 08, 2017, 10:43:02 am
Any Pics of the repaired sub frame . :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on February 08, 2017, 12:31:17 pm
Buy my spare sub-frame...... :biggrin:
Title: Subadub
Post by: Osadabwa on February 08, 2017, 07:18:14 pm
ROOI, I spent the better part of yesterday getting it back in place. The weld looks fantastic. The guy put a solid piece of aluminium in where the hole used to be and inserted a 6m heli coil. Of course, things didn't line up perfectly, but the frame was easily bent to shape. I also had to grind away a bit of the gusset and extra weld that he put on the outside of the subframe to make room for the airbox. I didn't take pics of the finished piece... kinda waiting for a test ride to make sure all's well.

Steve! If you have a spare, by god bring it up here! I'll buy it from you no problem. I give you five dolla!  :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on February 08, 2017, 08:14:09 pm
At least on my Italian 630 only subframe bolt breaks not the whole subframe. And that can be fixed with cable ties, which in Swaziland lasts longer than my leg.

Clearly way superior Italian design - I was always suspicious about the flimsy Japanese engineering  :peepwall: :pot:.

Joking aside, I really do not like you right now. But my leg will grow back eventually...
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on February 09, 2017, 07:57:26 am
I ruv you rong time...
Title: Re: Subadub
Post by: ROOI on February 09, 2017, 09:26:43 am
ROOI, I spent the better part of yesterday getting it back in place. The weld looks fantastic. The guy put a solid piece of aluminium in where the hole used to be and inserted a 6m heli coil. Of course, things didn't line up perfectly, but the frame was easily bent to shape. I also had to grind away a bit of the gusset and extra weld that he put on the outside of the subframe to make room for the airbox. I didn't take pics of the finished piece... kinda waiting for a test ride to make sure all's well.

Steve! If you have a spare, by god bring it up here! I'll buy it from you no problem. I give you five dolla!  :snorting:
:thumleft: I broke mine but was overloaded and went through a series of hoops "jumps" and I weight a ton  :ricky:
Title: Sub-frame test ride
Post by: Osadabwa on February 10, 2017, 04:07:00 pm
Having found a proper TIG welder at Wilson Airport (thanks Onesmas!), my Pig was back on her hooves after the subframe break, leaving me in the enviable position of needing to take a ride to test it out. Panic and I left early and blasted 250km, snaking our way out to Ewaso for tea and mandazi, past Mt. Suswa to Suswa Town, down into the canyon behind Hell’s Gate and back home via the West side of Mt. Suswa. It was a lot of splat and not much chat. Here are the pics… video of Panic at the end.

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Above: A sharply dressed insurance salesman in Ewaso Kedong outside the Investment Hotel

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Above: Down in the Hell’s Gate canyon

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We were in and out of riverbeds all afternoon. The Pig is great in that stuff. Depending on the density of the soil, a big, steady squirt of throttle will drift you around every corner very reliably. We stopped in the shade of the riverbed, had 4 tins of fish and were observed at close quarters by three locals who had to come by to see the aliens. Fair enough.

Until next time! Braaap!

Oh yeah, here's the video:
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Title: Sunday ride with Panic, Frogger and Kolobus
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2017, 08:36:41 pm
Kenya is biking paradise...

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We huddled in my garage watching the rain. What luck. First time in ages we get a group together for a ride and the heavens open up. It’s touch and go. Panic and Kolobus are making “I wanna go back to bed” noises. I couldn’t blame them really, it looked grim out there, but was going, hell or high water. Frogger too, he didn’t change that rear tyre yesterday in the heat for nothing. Technology to the rescue, I pulled up a weather satellite time series showing the offending clouds banking north out and away from us. It was the deciding factor. We would have to abandon our plan to ride up toward the Aberdares in favor of much drier and sandier locations, but no matter: The good old Great Rift Valley. She never disappoints. We set down the coffee cups and rolled out.

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Above: Frogger and Kolobus. You see? It’s always better to ride!

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With our new plan in motion, we slid down the escarpment and stopped at the overlook. After some discussion, it was agreed we would just splat. Nobody really wanted to be overly challenged, so we just screwed the throttles down and shot toward Ewaso Kedong for the objectively delicious mandazi and chai they serve up at the Investment Hotel. Then it was over the feshy and rocky link to Najile and down Oltepesi way, rocking hard over the stones and moving quick.

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Above: Kolobus giving me the Peace sign! Hey, wait a minute…
 


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Above: Frogger in the fesh, Panic (L) and Kolobus (  R) give a little blip for the camera

More than half way to Oltepesi, we pause to let Frogger practice some wheelies and shoot the shit with a very old Masai man who came by to say who knows what in that amazing and ancient language. Of course, having stopped for 10 minutes or so, the KTM wouldn’t start (corrosion on the fuses from an earlier life on the coast) and the old man got a good belly laugh when I said “Hii piki piki ni taka taka”… but I think Kolobus laughed hardest.

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Above: Frogger giving the 690 a lift

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Above: Beware low-flying pigs  :snorting:

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Above: Frogger hasn’t the foggiest idea why the stupid bike won’t start (puta!), thank goodness for the Panic Mechanic!

I was so hoping for a pic or two of a XR650R towing the KTM, but alas, the Panic sorted it out and we were back on the road, sliding past the bluffs, through a small herd of zebra down to Oltepesi where Kolobus, ever the diligent one (though you’d never guess by the hair) peeled off for home to attend to urgent work matters. The rest of us skipped over the tar and hit the fesh for one more little loop before the traditional Olepolos Kuku Choma and beer stop. It was some of the best riding of the day. Fast and open, so dry there is no vegetation left, giving you free reign to pick your own line and soft enough to lean aggressively into every turn. At one point, we ran with three Eland across the plains... if you've never seen one run, it's something to behold. Large beasts, Elands. It was great, but the air was blast-furnace hot so were happy to hit the road up to Olepolos for lunch.
 
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The kuku was juicy, the beers were cold, and we were talking sh*t. Panic had noticed that Frogger’s 690 was hopping around on little bumps like snow thrown on a hot stove. There and then it was decided to get home quickly and set up the stubborn (that’s a charitable adjective) Frenchman’s suspension once and for all. He’s never even set the bleeding sag! Doesn’t know what the clickers are for! Figured it was normal to nearly die every time you hit a rocky patch! So we blasted the usual track, only this time Panic decided he’d up the difficulty level by running squarely over a sheep at 80kph. His eyes were wide as he described the event, and it made my sphincter pucker. Hitting livestock is a serious concern for us, they’re really bloody everywhere, and sheep are the dumbest and least predictable of the lot. But apparently if you ride a Pig, a sheep strike is not necessarily a death sentence. Panic just clobbered him. Said it felt like riding over a speed bump. RIP sheep.

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 Above: Left - A proper Kenyan Special at Olepolos. I bet that guy loves his bike like I love mine! Right - Our fancy-pants garage session complete with sandwiches, Double Black, and for Frogger, special loving from the workshop’s ovulating trio of ankle biting bitches.

Frogger’s sag was set woefully stiff for his weight. We softened it up, picked a starting point for the clickers and sent him on his way. By the time I got home and cleaned up I already had an ecstatic message from him saying how much better the bike rides! Just imagine  :o.

Looking forward to the next one, boys.
 :snorting:

Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on February 20, 2017, 12:24:04 pm
Yep, I still don't like you. It's time to get more serious about my physio exercises...

Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 22, 2017, 12:12:43 am
Great stuff OSDB :thumleft:

Please please keep it coming. :ricky:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: boland on February 26, 2017, 12:24:48 pm
Please keep posting you rides :thumleft:
Title: 2017 02 - Quick Splat for P-Cross
Post by: Osadabwa on February 28, 2017, 07:28:38 am
Having been whisked away from the dusty chaos and lawless bush of Kenya to the clockwork precision and strict, compliance-mad mountains of Switzerland, P-Cross was back in town for a day out. It was a perfect opportunity to put my XL600R to the test again after her successful trip to Turkana a couple of years back, and she did fabulously (despite leaving town with two hairline cracks in the frame…). We took Frogger along too, since he was dying to test out how his 690’s shock behaves after last week’s sag adjustment. Just imagine, it works much better! Still can’t seem to keep up with the Pigs though… all that power, fuel injection etc and the suspension leaves him eating dust.

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Above: Frogger offers his opinion on the first paragraph of this RR…

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Above: The yellow spray-painted ugly duckling: The Brilliant XL600R… over 30 years old and still going strong

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Above: Cheesy 90’s boy band reunion album cover art or motorbike selfie (well done sucking in the guts, boys).

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Above: Frogger glides through a rare concrete drift. Declares the shock is brilliant, but the forks are still stiff and twitchy as ever. A KTM specialty… not sure how to tame it yet either, but we’re on the case.

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Above: Not the most original ride itinerary, we stopped at the Investment for tea and mandazi

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Above: We may feel silly at times in our plastic kit, and then somebody comes along as if to say: Roll with it boys! Check out the butler trousers and patchwork smoking jacket on this dude!

From the Investment Hotel, we splatted down towards Najile where ½ of our party missed the turn and Panic had to chase them down. The road was feshy, so it was no easy task. Reunited, we shot down to Oltepesi through the rocky hills and feshy valley bottom. This time, the video does it some justice:



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Above: Frogger – Oh la-la! Mon ami!

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Above: P-Cross attacks the fesh-fesh on the XL600R

Cleverly ordering an hour ahead, we arrived to find our Olepolos kuku choma ready to devour. Banter, beers and bullsh*t later, we slid past the Ngongs back toward home. Not for the first time, we were greeted half-way by the Ngong giraffe herd. It must be 25 animals strong. It was a nice send-off for P-Cross… as he now sits in gloomy Switzerland wishing he were here, hopefully the good memories from the ride will ease his deepening depression somewhat.

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Above: We began with the Frogger and we'll end with the Frogger… this time, in the midst of gracefully picking up his bike after dropping it. The poor lad has short legs, so it’s not an uncommon sight. Thankfully, I’m often there with my trusty camera to capture the moment for posterity. After all, what are friends for?
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on February 28, 2017, 01:18:02 pm
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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: saklx650c on March 03, 2017, 04:04:53 pm
Nice riding okes and lots of it which brings me to my next question.  Are there no woman up north because you okes do a lot of riding.  My weekends consist of obeying orders, doing all the DIY etc. :imaposer:  I am not jealous love the RR's .   
Title: 2017 03 - Naivasha
Post by: Osadabwa on March 07, 2017, 07:51:21 am
saklx650c - Yeah... we're kind of lucky. We have flaky jobs that give us lots of weekday riding opportunities. I try hard to be home on weekends to obey orders and hang out with the kiddos! So, without further ado:

280 km of dirt makes for a decent breakfast round-trip run, no? Panic and I found ourselves with nothing to do on a Friday, so off we went. Down the valley, zipping quick tracks, bound for Naivasha’s Ranch House for lunch. Doing the leap-frog technique, we made pretty damn good time, arriving in just under 3 hours.

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Above: At the Ranch House, I finally noticed I had a puncture. The front end had been behaving badly for some time, but I thought it was just the horrible fesh fesh pots we encountered while scrambling down the Mau Escarpment. Ooops. I reckon I should get some prize for waiting until we were somewhere with food, drink and shade to do my repairs though.

While we were eating, an ‘acquaintance’ who shall remain nameless showed up and attached himself to our return journey. He had 2 hours to get his act together, so when he wasn’t there when we left, we just left. To my surprise, he was in my rear-view mirror before long. We stopped to chat, and find he’s in tennis shoes and khakis… “You guys left so fast, I never got a chance to change… it feels like I’m riding in a bikini” he says. “Yeah man, lets take it easy, you’re not really dressed right” I say… Apparently that conversation didn’t sink in, because 30 seconds later, he was splatting up the road ahead of us, and less than 500m later, I found him apologizing to a guy on a boda-boda who was sprawled out on the roadside. Guy was just going about his life, collecting water… and he gets whacked by this guy out of control on his KTM.  I was not best pleased. Since this guy is a local mzungu, I didn’t argue at all when he said he was fine and “would take care of it”. Fine. Kick. Braap. We’re out.

I mean, FFS, we all like riding fast… hell, I live for it, but there’s a place for it, and blind corners full of boda bodas ain’t it. Accidents can happen. I know I’m not immune, but this smacked of something else. >:(

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Above: Having left our acquaintance behind, we stopped to regroup. There in the road by an old volcano shell was a whopping piece of embedded obsidian, sharp as knives on the edges. Maybe something like that is what put a triangular shaped cut in my tire and flatted me out earlier!

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Above: Amazing, the pace of change in the Kedong Valley… That morning, we noted with sadness that fence posts had gone up on our favorite entrance track since the weekend. Now, less than 5 hours later there were wires across it already! I don’t know what will happen to this place with the railroad…

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Above: The whistle thorns were in bloom… guess the world just keeps on chuggin’

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Above: My spare tube was in less than perfect shape. In Naivasha, I had to pump it up a few times and keep the wheel rolling for the OKO slime to do its job. Once it started working, it worked like a charm. By the time I got home, OKO had spewed out the valve and beadlock, and when I pulled the tube I found a 5mm slice that had been plugged by the stuff. A can of tuna in my saddle bags had rubbed a gash in the damn thing. Go OKO!



 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on March 07, 2017, 09:53:30 am
Don't see too many wheelies there lad! Pig was invented for them.  :o
Title: Faksake
Post by: Osadabwa on March 07, 2017, 05:02:18 pm
Everybody's a critic!

Send me that spare subframe! I may not wheelie much, but there are plenty of jumps that, loaded, give the old Pig a beating....  :snorting:
Title: 2017 03 - Up to Gatamaiyo Forest
Post by: Osadabwa on March 10, 2017, 05:44:28 pm
There’s a biker we’ll call Clarke who lives and works in the Gatamaiyo Forest Reserve, just south of the Aberdare National Park. He rides an XR650L and is leaning heavily towards upgrading to an R. So, for obvious reasons, we think he’s a good egg. During a day of wrenching to get Rawlence’s Pig prepped for his first ride of the year, I gave Clarke a call and he invited us to pass by. Say no more! Splaaat! Rawlence and I took a convoluted and sometimes interesting route through endless valleys of coffee and tea. We passed Kiambu and Githunguri and scrambled our way up to the Thika-Mangu Flyover road where we found Clarke waiting to offer us coffee and biscuits and tell us all about turning bamboo into steam for breweries, dairies and any other major enterprise in need of heat. Bamboo can be electricity too, apparently. We decided that Clarke Kent was a good moniker since he has to be a bloody Superman to navigate the monumental corruption in Kenya to make things happen.

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Above: We finally get to some weird riding, somewhere past Githunguru

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Above: Nice looking stream… just uphill from it was a massive garbage tip. Oh Kenya, beautiful Kenya.

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Above: We were getting close… could see the southern peaks of the Aberdares range over the hillside planted pineapples

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Above: Rawlence marvels at the gorgeous garden Clarke has made. The house was great too, resurrected from total neglect.

After chatting with Clarke and trying our best to convince him that the BRP is the best damn bike on planet earth, we finally bid him farewell and descended deep into the forest. He started a modest camp among the trees and we wanted to have a peek before sliding down the other side and around to the Kedong Valley.

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Above: The little used jeep track was immediately interesting with wooden bridges

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Above: … and a log down in one place. I jumped on it until it broke in half, then we took turns rolling the Pigs over. Sure, some stud could have just braaped it, but I’m not that stud.

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Above: You can’t see what’s under the grass… and there are elephants out there. Food for thought.

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Above: If there’s one thing my camera is shitty at, it’s showing depth. This valley just went on forever it seemed. Brilliant.

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Above: We were getting into the bamboo… Clarke’s concession was nearby

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Above: We crossed a river and I spied out of the corner of my eye a precipitous drop. We had a quick look and vowed to come back. It falls for hundreds of feet in steps with little beautiful pools along the way. I want to soak in one. Apparently, it’s called General China Waterfalls… kinda need to hear that story.

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Above: Bamboo, bamboo and more bamboo

Eventually, we came out of the forest at the Sasuma Dam. Again, I had a strong desire to jump in and never emerge. It occurred to us then that we were way the hell out there, and needed to get back toward Kijabe sharpish. Nothing for it, we splatted tar. Stopped temporarily to see if there was a dirt alternative, Panic slides by with the wife and kid in his fancy White Land Cruiser, giving us a honk which we didn’t hear. If I’d seen him, I’d have mooned him anyway! After a Coke and our only food of the day (a crusty mandazi) at a petrol station on the tar, we zipped down to Kijabe town, got directions from a mzungu doctor at the hospital astride a CRF250, and dropped fast down to Mai Mahieu.

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Above: Sasuna Dam

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Above: Down from Kijabe… goodbye cool air, hello candelabra and thorns

From Mai Mahieu, we followed a fairly interesting track to Ewaso Kedong via the front gate of Meyer’s Water Factory, then given the time of day, decided to just hit the big, stony dirt back home. It was Rawlence’s first significant ride in ages since a big accident a year ago and he didn’t seem dead, so I guess we can drag him out again soon!

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Above: Don’t fall on the thorns, Rawlence!

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Above: My backyard, the Kedong section of the Great Rift Valley

What a day. Hope to get back to Clarke’s soon. Rawlence, I bet you sleep hard tonight!

Oink  :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on March 13, 2017, 02:09:55 pm
 :thumleft: As always Thanks  :deal:
Title: 4 days
Post by: Osadabwa on March 22, 2017, 06:34:14 am
Boys, hold down the fort for me... I gotta go ride. Leaving this morning for 3 nights in the dust and the glory!

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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on March 22, 2017, 06:36:52 am
Hackneyed

Sent from my techno 6 Chinese upgrade

Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Dustman on March 24, 2017, 03:07:40 pm
Waiting for it.   :deal:  :deal:
Title: 2017 03 - Chasing Kilimanjaro. A 4 day ride - Day 1: Nairobi to the Chyulu Hills
Post by: Osadabwa on March 26, 2017, 05:21:05 pm
Leaving Nairobi, we knew it was going to be a long day, so we blasted it. By “blasted it”, I mean we kept a steady and quick but wholly survivable pace without stopping a lot, because the previous ride we “blasted it” for real and I broke my sub-frame and nearly lost my cojones. The morning light was crystal clear from a few recent rains and with a slightly more subdued pace, I was really enjoying looking around a bit. We rode straight to Mi-46 for a cup of chai and a chapatti, then continued south past the Marble Quary to re-trace a lovely old road that takes you across the Nairobi-Namanga tar and down to Selenkay where we’ve stayed in the past. This trip, however, we were planning to proceed beyond to the Chyulu Hills, the extra distance being the prime reason to keep the bikes in motion.

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Above: Just a beautiful morning

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Above: Mile 46 AKA Elengata Waus, the Chai-stopover spot

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Above: Already past the Namanga road, in the hills toward Selenkay

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Above: Lovely views and easy, dry roads

We passed the Selenkay Camp somewhere beyond mid-day and were at our wits end with the destroyed main road when we finally turned off and made our way on little roads toward Chyulus. We stopped for tinned fish under a tree and marveled at how bad the road had become. It’s the endless train of sand harvesting trucks that is to blame. The lack of trees around was also abundantly evident. Where people try to keep good things, it’s good, where they try to make a quick buck, it’s all shit. Kind of obvious, but funny how we humans do it over and over again…

Turns out our lunch spot was in the peak area for destruction, and just a bit further along the world changed completely. Trees came back, there were wildlife along the road, and as we crept closer to the Chyulus, we started getting into some very weird moonscape scenery where ancient volcanoes had blasted the place to bits, chucking out massive blobs of lava and leaving pyramid cones everywhere.

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Above: Just past Leonard’s camp, the fesh is at its worst

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Above: Farther along, and the bush returns, along with the wildlife

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Above: Moonscapes and safari animals

We were approaching the Chyulus on a track I didn’t have on my GPS, and we arrived first at a game scout camp. They confirmed we were on the right road, but also confirmed that there was no water anywhere nearby. A quick look at the GPS told me we’d have to ride past our intended camp (organized ahead of time with the relevant authorities, in case anyone’s going to whinge at me) and go over to the Emali Road for water. We were hot and tired, but it turned out to be a great addition to the day. The sun was getting that golden hue, and the ride gave us spectacular views of the Chyulus coming and going. Herds of Wildebeest and zebra hung out under the long shadows of the acacias. It was a real treat.

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Above: leaving the ranger’s hut, we made haste to get water before sundown

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Above: Coming back up from Emali Road, the fesh was pretty extreme

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Above: Some scenes from the approach to the Chyulus, wildebeest under the trees

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Above: Views of Kilimanjaro from the campiste, mirrored by two local hills in the foreground

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Above: Panic doing his American Highschool Football Coach impression

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Having set up camp, we settled into the afternoon, first with a glass of ORS, then several more of Black Label. There was no moon and the stars were putting on a proper show. We had the Big Dipper to the North (upside down), the Southern Cross and Orion all on display at once. Amazing. We were disturbed only once by a little scorpion who suggested we put on long pants and shoes, and were thronged by dozens of moths, drawn to our stink maybe, or to the Black Label, into which more than one bravely sacrificed their lives.

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Above: Moths, camp cooking and a brilliant rear tyre

It was a great and auspicious first day. Once-in-a-lifetime stuff for most folks and we were just getting started.

Tomorrow we chase Kilimanjaro, but for now, some video:


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Title: Day 2 - Chyulus to Grogan's Castle in Taveta
Post by: Osadabwa on March 27, 2017, 06:44:37 am
I slept well. Panic had to fill me in on the activity of the night… creatures in the pots and pans, wildebeest thumping through the camp, etc. I was oblivious. Packed and on the move, we explored the immediate area South of our camp and connected to a 4x4 track that slid us all the way along below the Chyulus. Herds of animals wandered everywhere and the landscape was otherworldly. Unfortunately for us, not long into the ride, Panic fell hard in a fesh-covered rut and twisted his ankle badly. Still, he soldiered on and we rattled along farther and farther toward Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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In little time, we had reconnected with a larger road when a guy on a boda boda stopped to chat. Remembering our last ride, in which all the people who stopped to greet us were decent folks, I was disappointed when it became clear he was trying to shake us down for having ridden through some group ranch or other. Since we had ridden less than two hours from camp, his $50 per person fee was laughably outrageous, and since he could produce neither proof of his involvement in said ranch, nor a receipt for said fee, we essentially exchanged words and went our separate ways. Guys want to benefit from tourism, fine, but get organized and provide something for your fee besides an annoying and corrupt encounter miles from the place, or you’re going to have a bad experience with us every time.

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Above: It’s all because of this photo op that we had to get sh*t from Mr. Group Ranch. Kili was creeping up on us.

Since Panic was in pain, we avoided the shakier options I’d plotted on Google Earth and slid the 15 km down to Oloitoktok on the tar and over toward Lake Chala. This place is really special. Straddling the border of TZ and Kenya, it’s a lush green volcanic cone full of crystal clear water and views of Mt Kilimanjaro. Sadly, the lodge on the Kenyan side has long been abandoned, so the best we could do was have a look down inside and skitter on our way (NB boys, I just called L. Chala Lodge on the TZ side and they said you can get a pass at Taveta Immigration to go over for the day… next time).

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Above: Lake Chala and the abandoned Kenyan side lodge

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Our plan was to camp at Lake Jipe, a much less spectacular lake farther down the road. Half way there, I spotted the mythical Grogan’s Castle. It’s a huge, white building sat squarely on a large volcanic bump which lies directly in the line of the road we were on from Taveta. Panic had popped in there years ago just to see what was what, but I had other plans. If they had so much as a half decent bed and lukewarm beers, I planned to stay the rest of the day there and rest Panic’s ankle. Luck smiled on us. The place was empty and we installed ourselves into a ridiculously large room with multiple beds and views down to Lake Jipe where heavy winds whipped up by a nasty thundercloud spent the whole afternoon pummeling the poor suckers down there. From our perch at Grogan’s we were afforded amazing views of Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi peak, Tsavo National Park, Jipe and the Usambara Mountains and the plains that the Brits kept for Kenya when they gave Kilimanjaro to the Germans back in the day. It was awesome, the beers were cooler than luke, and we were even treated to a nice meal. Serendipity.

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Above: Views toward Mawenzi and Kili

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Above: The hotel was built in the 30s and still retains a lot of the old furniture and flair

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Above: Mawenzi getting rained on

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Above: Dust storm attacking Mawenzi

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Above: Heavy rains block out the setting sun

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Above: Panic rests his ankle and sips a cold-enough White Cap watching the evening wind itself down

Here's a little video with some nice views of Kili:


As we dined, I began testing Panic to see how his ankle was faring. I had an ambitious plan for our return trip to Nairobi, and it involved riding back past Oloitoktok and Amboseli National Park to Namanga, through the bush to Torosei and the rock-strewn, little boda track down to Magadi. For whatever reason, I had it in my head it wasn’t that far… I was mistaken.

 :snorting:



Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on March 27, 2017, 07:01:39 am
You still using the Giantloop? How does that compare to Panics Wolfman system?

And don't you be telling the great unwashed that Kili is in Kenya!😀

Sent from my techno 6 Chinese upgrade

Title: Day 3 - Grogan's Castle to Magadi
Post by: Osadabwa on March 27, 2017, 07:05:22 am
I would have slept like a baby, but the damn mosquitos were singing too loudly. Apart from that, Grogan’s Castle was a highlight of the trip. Weird and wonderful, a real diamond in the rough. We broke the fast, said kwaheri to the lady at Grogan’s and set our throttles to cruise. Mawenzi and Kili, shrouded in cloud when we awoke, decided to watch us go. They are truly magnificent mountains. We rode and rode and still they loomed overhead. At first, we could only see Kili peeking over Mawenzi’s shoulder, then they slowly drifted apart with Kili standing up taller and taller. By the time we got to Amboseli, we had the traditional view of the pair. They’re bloody big. Took a long time to ride around.

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Above: Grogan’s Castle watches us leave

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Above: View from below Mawenzi, with Kili peeking over her shoulder

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Above: An hour later, the two peaks separate out, but Kili still looks smallish

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Above: A long while later, the traditional view of Kili from the North road over Amboseli

The riding was beautiful but not overly interesting until we connected with the track over Amboseli. It’s amazing. Vast views; very quick, sandy and fun. The section that connects the west side of the park with the Namanga road is badly corrugated, but the Pigs just ate it up. I found my cruising speed creeping upward. Finally, an impala startled me back to a semi sensible speed by stepping into the road in front of me. Rapidly, Kili disappeared from our view and before we knew it we were in Namanga.

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After a chapatti and a coke in Namanga, we cut up the tar a few kms and turned west toward Torosei. The track starts out like a proper road, but it very quickly disappears into a warren of cattle paths and 4x4 tracks. The GPS was very handy for navigating. Last time, we just took the riverbed, but with Panic’s ankle so badly swollen it seemed like a good idea to keep him away from places that might require an emergency dab. Before long we were past Oruk, past our campsite from a previous trip, and sliding down toward Torosei where the real challenge began.

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Details about the boda track from Torosei to Shompole/Magadi road had already faded from our collective memory. We knew we’d ridden it, and we knew it was fine, but we’d forgotten how much of it was rolling rock. Knowing Panic’s ankle wouldn’t appreciate another tumble, we took it easy, but the heat was approaching thermonuclear, so we didn’t want to hang around either. At one point, Panic’s dash said it was 45 C. That felt about half right.

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We found the boda track on a previous trip. I can only figure that it was made when somebody drove a backhoe up to dig a reservoir for a group of Masai. It’s too small for a car, very rugged in spots and passes directly through the remains of a blown out volcano. Not exactly practical or conceived for the long term, but it’s an amazing link for bikers, and as far as I know its just us and the local boda guys who know about it. Shhhhh!

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At last, with the mercury popping out the top of the thermometer, we reached the Shompole/Magadi road. The thought of getting a cold beer was intense at this point, as was the throbbing in Panic’s ankle, so we switched off the cruise control and bloody well ripped! The surface there is flat, covered in marble-like volcanic pebbles and mostly devoid of frame-cracking dips, so we hammered it. By the time we got to the Magadi Soda Company Sports Club, where the bar is, we were high as kites on the day we’d had. According to Panic’s odometer, we’d covered 395 km.

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Above: We made it. The beer was icy cold and Chuck Norris was on the TV

We had a beer or two, showered up in the air-conditioned tented camp, and came back for a night of more beers and half decent food. We topped it off with the last of the liter of Black Label and crashed like the Hindenburg. I slept like a log.

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Here's a video summary of a very long day



Title: Day 4 - Sliding on home
Post by: Osadabwa on March 27, 2017, 07:11:28 am
Following morning, Panic’s ankle was a right mess, so we packed up our things and took the direct route back home. Both of us rode like zombies. Probably a combination of knowing we’re homeward bound, the booze, and it being the 4th day of riding all played a part. We'd come a long way in a short time...

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Above: Panic’s swollen ankle (stupid, twitchy mutt for scale)

As ever, it was an awesome ride and a great adventure. Panic now needs to heal before he disappears for a month to Namibia to ride, and I need to rest up for a 10 day Easter ride. It’s a tough life, but somebody has to do it!

Braap, splaaat! Oink.



Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on March 27, 2017, 07:12:35 am
Great trip with beautiful landscapes
Title: Wolfman v. Giant Loop knock-off
Post by: Osadabwa on March 27, 2017, 07:18:02 am
Steve,

Panic's Wolfman setup is pretty sweet. It's annoying to mount (lots of straps) but once its on, it's really handy. The side bags don't move around too much, they can handle a fall, and you can open them up on top without removing them from the bike. They also hold a bit more stuff, so his top rollie bag doesn't have to be so big.

My bag is a Giant Loop knock off I had made here out of rip-stop tent canvas. Unlike Tanzania, there are useful fundis here. It's about the same size as the GL Coyote on the sides, but doesn't have the top part, so it consists of two side pockets only and a flat bit over the rack where I stack the big bag. If I get around to buying a smaller tent and sleeping bag, I can reduce the bulk in that top bag some.

And Steve, everybody on this forum knows Kili is in Tanzania, and many of them know the best side to view it from is the Kenyan side, and all of them who don't know can hear it here first: Steve is a gigantic pain in the ass!

Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on March 27, 2017, 07:28:11 am
I know you love me..

Sent from my techno 6 Chinese upgrade

Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 27, 2017, 07:46:34 am
I camped on the Magadi Pans at the Golf Club in 1994 - we were on 2 x XT500's and a modified R100GS - brilliant time!

I will try find an old pic.....

Epic ride report - thank you for sharing!!

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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: JonW on March 27, 2017, 08:11:51 am
Awesome ride and great pics.

Very jealous of you guys  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Kortbroek on March 27, 2017, 09:58:20 am
These rides are what the BRP is for  :thumleft:

Great report, love following this thread
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on March 27, 2017, 09:26:07 pm
Very nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on March 28, 2017, 10:33:28 pm
Aah, man, your reports are keeping me drooling...
you guys are doing it the right way..
Kzn has some great riding, its just much more civilized ...
I've been lusting after a set of Wolfman packs, had my own made up, but always running repairs.... ;)

 

Title: Ride on!
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 05:08:24 pm
Thanks guys!

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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 25, 2017, 05:10:44 pm
I've sent you PM about Google Photo.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: McSack on April 25, 2017, 08:45:21 pm
Jeez...now that is riding "off the beaten track" . One day when I am big...

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Title: 2017 05 - Aberdares on the XL
Post by: Osadabwa on May 20, 2017, 08:43:41 am
It took a few days to want to even think about riding bikes after the long trip to Turkana over Easter (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=208957.0), but when the urge hit, it was unbearable. The XRR was out of commission pending the replacement of some severely notched steering bearings, so I welded up the cracked frame on the 1985 XL600R, called up Clarke and went up the hills in search of some mud.

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Above: This old girl, damn she’s ugly, but what a bike… I’ll take you anywhere baby! I rode down through the Rift Valley, banging over rocks and through ruts like they were nothing. Okay, she's not the XRR out in the desert, but she didn't really slow me down.

Over a couple of days, we explored a great swathe of the forest around Clarke’s Bamboo concession south of the Aberdares. The XL was happy as a clam, and I was too. She’s possibly more fun to ride than the XR on a mix of tarmac, dirt road and tight, winding trails. Squat little bike, low to the ground, plenty of grunt… I don’t know, I love her.

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Above: Tracks in the forest were often blocked by downed trees. Clarke carries a foldable saw, though, so we were through it in no time.
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Above: Not all tracks lead anywhere, but it was lovely being on red bikes surrounded by green for a change

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Above: Up near the southern end of the Aberdare National Park lies a nearly abandoned government forestry camp.



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Above: Clarke is into bamboo, really into bamboo. We stopped to admire some of the naturally occurring biomass on the hillside.


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Above: The bamboo is home to elephant and all manner of antelope, including the endangered Bongo, but good luck seeing one in there… even my gawdaweful yellow and red XL appears camouflaged after only a few meters.


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Above: The track Clarke took us on was once a road, but appears to never have 4 wheeled vehicles on it. Elephants were the last 4x4s that had been through, and they left deep potholes in the mud which the XL and I had some trouble navigating. My rear tire was a tad on the bald side, so I did a bit of spin therapy, sweating in the green… and was caught by surprise when I finally caught traction and nearly pitched her off the side into the bamboo!


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Above: Clarke and his XRR on the track, looking down off the hillside


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Above: Going down, we passed through colonial era cedar and eucalyptus plantations. The eucalyptus harvest site was amazing… the stumps there were big enough to comfortably park your bike on…

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Above: Old eucalyptus stump… 2 meters high



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Above: XL landing pad


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Above: Clarke rides between the puddles. This was a dry, easy section, but there were many sections of red clay up here that were downright deadly to ride on. We were lucky it had been dry for at least 24 hours.

A day earlier, Clarke had taken me through the agricultural areas bordering the forest. Once upon a time, this area was a cluster of massive colonial farms stretching down the valley and looking up to the forest above. Now, of course, they’re all divvied up into little subsistence farms. We stopped at the ruins of one of the mansions up there. It would have been spectacular, but it was a crumbling dump now. Hard to decide how to feel about all of that. Guess it had to be.


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Above: The great room… not so great. Solid hardwood beams and paneling still looked smart


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Above: The watchman said the government had used the house briefly… looks about right… generate a lot of paper and dump it on the floor.


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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 20, 2017, 04:33:59 pm
 looks about right… generate a lot of paper and dump it on the floor.

 :laughing4: :'( :(

I think customs in African countries does the most paperwork in the world that nothing is done with.

Osadabwa is it difficult getting spares for the old XRs in Kenya? How do you manage?
Title: Parts
Post by: Osadabwa on May 20, 2017, 05:14:20 pm
ChrisL,

There are no Honda parts in Kenya for our bikes. We can get tires, oil and some bearing sets locally but that's about it. We rely on internet shops and a steady stream of folks going on holiday in Europe/USA/RSA for stuff. It's not great, but we're used to it. And we always buy two of everything, so our group is usually never stranded for long.

 :snorting:
Title: Re: Parts
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 20, 2017, 05:17:13 pm
ChrisL,

There are no Honda parts in Kenya for our bikes. We can get tires, oil and some bearing sets locally but that's about it. We rely on internet shops and a steady stream of folks going on holiday in Europe/USA/RSA for stuff. It's not great, but we're used to it. And we always buy two of everything, so our group is usually never stranded for long.

 :snorting:
Boer maak n plan - Farmer makes a plan :thumleft:
Biker already has one :lol8: ;)
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on May 22, 2017, 10:54:32 am
Thanks again for sharing really nice riding area  :thumleft:
Title: 2017 06 - Solo rock riding... and the stupid sheep
Post by: Osadabwa on June 08, 2017, 04:46:25 pm
My fabulous 10 day off-road April trip to Turkana (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=208957.0) taught me something: I’m not very good at riding on loose stones. That’s a problem of course, because Kenya has zillions of them, and some of the places I’m most keen to go are accessed only on tracks entirely composed of them. So, I have been thinking about beefing up my skills. I’ve been watching those Aussie YouTube enduro videos to try to learn a bit of technique from guys who admit they don’t know either, and today I set out into the valley to give it a go myself. Of course, those guys are riding proper lightweight enduro bikes (2 strokes many of them) and I’m on the Pig, so I chose to stick with rocks that are appropriate for my setup (baby-heads and bowling balls, not boulders). After all, I’m not actually interested in Hard Enduro, I just want to be able to tackle the roughest road sections without dying of exhaustion.

So, I set out with a plan: I would go to a rocky hill I have ridden in the past and practice proper technique on it. I’d lower air pressure in the tires, and keep my ass off the seat. It would have been wise to have a buddy along, but I do some of my best riding alone, and today was no different. Just off the Magadi road I found a place where a bulldozer had ploughed away the biggest rocks in weird rectangular patterns, as if somebody was delineating suburban housing, but on steep hills in the middle of nowhere. I dropped the PSI down to 20, stood up, gripped the bike with my knees and rode for half an hour up and down the rocks, happy as a clam! Man I wish I’d dropped the pressure in Logipi…

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Above: The first rocky bulldozer track

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Above: A rock… and a mushroom. I missed out on the flame lilies this year, so I guess this is as good as its going to get.

Back on the Magadi road, aiming for my original track, I got sidetracked by another similar road and thought I’d go for it. This time, I was too lazy to lower the pressure… big mistake. From 25 PSI to 20 PSI is noticeable, and I struggled to climb a steep section and nearly lost control coming down the other side. Still, I conquered, so on I pressed. The approach to my rocky hill is fast and brilliant, zipping between what’s left of the trees near Mt. Esakut. I found the track, dropped the PSI again, and tractored up and down it like a champ. I’ve done this section many times, but never as easily or confidently. Just imagine… practice helps… doing the right things helps…

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Above: Two more steep rocky sections. The long one on the right took 5 minutes to climb and 5 minutes to descend, slow going all the way, but I felt confident and not in danger of dropping the bike, no foot dabs needed.

It’s amazing how I keep finding tracks out there. I considered my rock practice over, but on the way back to my usual fast, desert-race style track, I spotted another challenging section and went for it. Then I was distracted again and toodled off on another track for an hour. I was enjoying myself. Solo riding is the best.

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Above: Don’t know when this track appeared… wasn’t there 2 years ago. It’s as if bulldozers get confused and just plough in a straight line until they run out of gas. The track doesn’t seem to go anywhere… maybe one day it’ll be a powerline

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Above: I love this bike…

By noon or so, I was back on my fast tracks absolutely tearing them up. Because I’d had such a nice time on the really rough stone tracks all morning, I no longer hesitated to approach rocky patches in the road with confidence. Or should I say hubris? I realized I hadn’t put my tires back to my usual desert race pressures (25 psi at least for 100kph tracks with embedded stones) and paused to do so… for the front… for whatever reason, I left the rear alone, enjoying the extra grip you get out of 18psi. It was stupid of me. Within half a kilometer, I blasted over a horrible section of rutted rocks and hammered a thumb-sized hole in my new $30 HD tube.

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Above: I am really good at roadside tire repair now… just wish the damn Masai would leave a few shadier trees for me to do it under (plundering charcoal burning dickheads… see the stump in the upper left hand corner? Shortsighted idiots.)

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 :snorting:Above: My HD tube… what a mess. Kenya’s just too damn hard on stuff. In this case, it’s entirely my laziness though… I know you gotta have those pressures up, even if it does make cornering a bit exciting at times.

I had the tube out, checked for thorns, reinstalled and had ridden away from my handful of spectators in 30 minutes flat (pun intended). I told myself to slow down, now that I didn’t have a spare tube, but I never listen. I blasted up to Najile, hung a sharp right and went back toward the Ngongs without so much as a piss break. The ride would have ended without further incident except that school was letting out and there were a bunch of kids and sheep on one section of track. I slowed down to meander through the throng and was just accelerating away when a stick whacked me over the head (harmlessly, it must be said… I’m wearing armor after all). But, I saw red. If kids think they can throw stuff at me without repercussion, they’re wrong. I slammed the brakes, flipped my quickest U, and was into 3rd gear chasing after the buggar who hit me in nothing flat. He and his friend/accomplice were pissing themselves and running like mad through deep brush to get away from me. All the commotion confused the sheep who in any case aren’t that clever, and one of the big fluffy idiots ran right in front of me. I was gonna hit him, that much was for sure. I slammed the rear break and skidded a bit to the side, the sheep plowed right into my foot, head down, under the engine. I was now kind of sideways on top of my bike on top of a sheep, losing control and knowing it, still wanting to smack that kid with the stick. I was going down, no two ways about it… but I didn’t go down. The bike bucked, the sheep pooped out the back end, and after a violent correction of the handlebars I was still upright. I got damn lucky. Those kids got lucky too… but not the sheep. Collateral damage, as they say.

Oink

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Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on June 09, 2017, 10:23:10 am
Eish!  I taught  you everything  I know and you still know fakall!  Move to the back of the class you bad boy. You already  there?  Go stand outside  then.

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Title: There's a new pig in town
Post by: Osadabwa on June 19, 2017, 03:30:23 pm
For the last year, Frogger rolled his eyes whenever Panic or I said how amazing the XR650R is for Kenya’s terrain. He swore his KTM 690 was twice the bike of any other, and he laughed at our love of an 18-year-old, out-of-production, carbureted, kick-start, standard-forked old race pig. But apparently, deep down in his heart, he was secretly covetous because on Friday he turned up at Panic’s garage with an XR of his very own, and we set off this weekend to give her a test ride.

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Above: Frogger with his new favorite toy

On the road at 8 with a headache and riding in a daze. Off tar 20 minutes later. We hit the dirt and braap. Past the Ngongs, herds of cattle out for a graze, goats and sheep looking to get killed, over the escarpment past Olepolos and down toward Mile 46 on the fast, rocky screamer. Arrived in a pile of dust and put in an order for two milky teas with lots of sugar at a butchery/restaurant of sorts. Frogger topped up his tank and we devoured a brownie while the locals ogled the bikes.

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Back on the bikes. Back on the throttle. Aiming due south on a collision course with Tanzania. The track to Torosei is fast and flowing. Hazy head had cleared and the day had come into its own. The pigs screamed down the road, trailing dust and scaring ostriches.

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Narrowly avoiding the head-on with Tanzania, we drifted west and disappeared into the bush. Off the big road, the Pigs have to be more disciplined. It was rockier now, and slower; not much more than a wide cattle bypass with a bodaboda track sketched down the middle. We passed masai bomas and abandoned masai bomas, clattered down into a valley and gutted an ancient volcano; the pigs’ roar echoing off the rocks.

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Spit out onto the Magadi plains, sweating in the mid-day sun, we opened up the throttles on the sandy flats. At the foot of the Nguruman escarpment, a half-dozen dust devils swirled and danced in the shimmering heat. Frogger and I looped around in the dust, drifting and raising hell as giraffes looked on. Hunger brought us to a stop under a shade tree and we carved up a hunk of Kolobus’ home-made biltong for a snack and greeted the lone, rail-thin masai who came to say hello. Frogger’s iPhone crapped out and he played the techno-idiot for half an hour poking it repeatedly and saying “putain de merde” and other harmless French colloquialisms.


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Not quite ready to head for Magadi, we rode up to Nguruman town to see what’s new. Some poor schmuck managed to have all four wheels ganked off his ride out there, one has to wonder how. In the village, the bar had cold ones (a relative concept, “cold”) so we partook of one apiece while one friendly lad buttered us up in the hopes that we’d buy him a bottle of Konyagi. No dice. Afterward, we explored a bit and found several small irrigation canals with fresh water that were a welcomed oasis in all that heat and dust.

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To be continued...
Title: Continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on June 19, 2017, 03:31:23 pm

Afternoon was setting in, and the thirst for a properly cold beer was growing, so we hit the rocky road to the Lake Magadi overlook. Spectacular spot, 1000 feet above the soda lake. Flamingos honking and flapping around below, baboons playing on the cliffsides and us sweating in the sun.

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Wanting a closer look at the crusty lake, we dropped down and inspected from the shoreline, XR exhaust sent the flamingos to the air, showing off the black undersides of their wings. The lake’s pink water and crusty, crystalline soda deposits were interesting but not doing much to quench our thirst.

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The Magadi Sports Club served up some ice-cold beers and we were quizzed by some Sunday afternoon patrons about just how the hell it was possible to have ridden 280 km off road through the places we named in less than a day. Pigs, baby, pigs. After a shower, we were back at the bar for more beers and some stories in the perfect evening breeze.

In the morning, after shunning the absolutely vile scrambled eggs they’d tried to poison us with, we bid the Magadi Club adieu and hit the road. Needing to be back in Nairobi quick, we didn’t plan to explore much, but still had a lovely zip through some dusty plains just East of Mt Olorgesailie near the Butt Brothers’ Farm (not making that up). Steep cliffs stand high above the farm, the kind of formations that make crisscrossing this area so difficult but beautiful.


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In the plains, after a flat-out session that sent gazelles running for the hills, Frogger hits reserve. We bee-line it for the tarmac, passing giraffes and digging deep into the local feshfesh. A moment’s lack of concentration plus general feeling of invincibility put me on ass in it. Guess it was my turn.

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Back on the tar at Oltepesi, we put a few litres into the tanks out of plastic water bottles at the roadside shop and aimed for home. Frogger’s verdict: The XR650R is Fantastique! I feel an “I told you so” coming on… I TOLD YOU SO! (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nh42xtNq3DLy3Gc3M7_KcAf2brNN6kwRBix-9pLFQcW6XLiJGIC70EmcC30RSAe5j8KFiqhyh_x2ltXBiUEMQrXfk5Hnf9JUjGmDLDTMUS8YK5DlVioi6uvq0D92Jk5td2V3iJKyILNpxRmRpWA9wl6z3k8iBMuqDv_1BJwm6wUG7TYlgGRYCw7jyerOorokUqzp2kli3HwlCnep_tE7TtlA2-0fyA1bW6VxSle_6FIMQmJp7T6u67TOTy6iThceu60eATmAUjBx5JK6YjPGdLfCZXie3QL3tHxu1VZwqcjHkxjS3y6777RJs5eEUzAIY4STZcMzKMqsAQBJn8dDMZAoGy32vrIVQgwAYrG-DlRiV8GLg5nORQV5HVhRi267KGZG9nH-n0jLJ0Wz27cBWgm5LJuotUK8knX7NZg2MyKEXg-eGmWdG77GNgCvZv1wPK6z5rQY9miVSHjde4tNKoFj7oIAtltii5sN0F1eziHc14iYmg-Ny2hH_455Wj4VXYofeWZpgj1IA98U10yqtAx7pzzckPuyIYxo1_TbIXCS5aqJIaKAXQyKZ8YM5BVDhKluBEaxCxFmEYpDsASKCX0Oq9ePmhxnRG3sg_WxQPdHoGYdaZWww6g-cCaLnT4Z9C7FRfMXCZFyQiPuVFX-kopkmF5LfYjZDSYVI1CWiQ=w1163-h775-no)

The XR650R-senal has grown in Nairobi to a stable of 6. That’s a half-dozen pigs, people!
Until next ride:
 :snorting:


Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on June 20, 2017, 08:46:49 am
Lekker!  :ricky:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on June 20, 2017, 12:02:57 pm
Nice would be nice to see all 6 out and about  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Half dozen
Post by: Osadabwa on June 20, 2017, 02:37:53 pm
ROOI, it would be great to get all the pigs in one place, but it has proven very difficult. It seems herding pigs is a challenge... Coordinating bikers is an art and a science, and we don't hold the appropriate degrees.\
 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on June 20, 2017, 02:59:49 pm
So true  :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ianb on June 20, 2017, 03:06:24 pm
Brilliant RR  . :snorting: :snorting:
Title: Up the Aberdares in the rain
Post by: Osadabwa on July 28, 2017, 07:29:22 am
Back in Kenya after a couple of weeks driving the speed limit in the US, I was dying to get back on the Pig. Panic and I hatched a plan to visit Clarke on the slope of the Aberdares for some forest motorbiking and maybe a spot of fly fishing, and we blasted out of Nairobi down into the Rift Valley at dawn. Sure, it would be faster to get there on the tar road, but not half as fun.

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Above: Panic hopping one of the dozens of berms on the Pipeline Road

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Above: The Kenya Pipeline Company PSA is completely lost on us

Past Mai Mahieu and curving up to Kijabe, the gray skies were washed out by heavy fog and we donned our rain jackets. Fortunately, it dissipated a bit as we continued and by the time we arrived at Clarke’s mountain retreat, the sun was shining and promising a brilliant day. As usual, Clarke had organized a lovely breakfast and we tucked in before heading out to cruise some tracks through the local community and the surrounding tea estates.

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Above: Panic in the Kijabe fog

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Above: Clarke’s pad and coffee/tea service on the veranda

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Above: Cruising some of the local countryside below the forest line

After a while, Clarke pointed us back up the hill into dense forest along an overgrown double track largely composed of slick, red clay. Being desert lizards, Panic and I suffered some to find grip on the slick stuff, but Clarke zoomed through it effortlessly. In a couple of places, and despite my best efforts to feather the clutch and get my balance right, I found myself with my rear tire on one side of the track and my front on the other, both sliding fecklessly backwards down the hill. Graceful as a giraffe on ice.

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Above: A rare pic (L) of Clarke in the far distance… he was as elusive as the forest Bongo, only appearing briefly at intersections before vanishing again into the bush. Right, Panic botches a slippery ascent.

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Above: Like riding through Jurassic Park, but with only Elephant and Buffalo to worry about

We emerged from the overgrown trail at Clarke’s bamboo camp, and I took the opportunity to drop the air pressure some more to give me a bit of grip for the rest of the day. From there, we trundled over the pass down through his bamboo allotment, inspected the bamboo chipper and paid a visit to a school Clarke helps with grounds keeping (a real green thumb, this guy). At the school, a drizzle kept us holed up awhile and debating our options. We decided to bee-line it back to Clarke’s house rather than continue exploring, but on the way home we were hit by a whopper of a rain storm, so black it felt like we were heading into a cave. Soaked in an instant and frozen solid soon thereafter, we were relieved to be back at Clarke’s where we spent the rest of the day in front of the fire, cooking meat, drinking booze and telling lies.

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Above: At Clarke’s bamboo camp

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Above: A good look at an increasingly rare thing: an in-tact East African forest

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Above: Panic navigates a bamboo fall

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Above: Back at Clarke’s, three frozen bikers

Next day, we restarted our engines and went for a little tour of the nearby tea estate bordering the forest where Clarke is hoping to invest in tourism if he can get permission. Higher up, at his place, the sun was shining, but down in the tea, it was gloomy once again. Still, the emerald blanket of tea rolling over the hills is something to behold. I tried not to be pissed off that this particular tea estate belongs to the Kenyatta family (Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta started it, and it now belongs to the current president, his son…) who stole the land in the 60’s from the protected forest, but it didn’t work. In time, greed will destroy Kenya.

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Above: At Clarke’s place, the warm sun is welcomed by all

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Above: Worker’s housing in the tea

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Above: Kenyatta’s tea estate, well inside the forest, bordering the forest…

Back at Clarke’s for yet another huge breakfast, Panic and I donned our kit, bid our farewells and slipped down the mountain past Kijabe again and into the valley. The rain cut short the riding, and we didn’t get a chance to go fishing but I guess that just means we should go back soon!

 :snorting:
Oink!
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on July 28, 2017, 08:46:56 am
Another leka ride and read.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Clockwork Orange on July 28, 2017, 11:20:35 am
What amazing riding areas you have there...droool :thumleft:
Title: 2017 11 - Tire tearing mud ride
Post by: Osadabwa on November 06, 2017, 07:16:05 am
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Seasons be damned, it was time to ride. Frogger and I waited for the rain to quit on Friday afternoon, donned our kit and fired up the XRs for 2 nights out in Kenya.

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Above: Me and the pigs pre-ride, still shiny and clean…

We dropped into the valley via the usual track and were skirting the Ngong Hills, just outrunning a shower that was creeping down-valley. Early on, there were some slick sections, but by this point the roads were perfect: not dusty, not muddy, just right. We were making time.

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Above: Isolated downpours in the distance, an nice carpet of green starting to show out of the drab

Past Olepolos and onto the notoriously rocky track leading to Elengata Waus (AKA Mile 46), we were playing leap-frog to make time – where one guy rides ahead for 5 minutes, stops and lets the other guy speed past – when Frogger noticed his tire had a gash in it. That’s ride-ending kind of news… you can’t really just keep blasting deeper into the bush with your tube visible through the tire. Good thing is: we are in Africa. After a couple of calls, we arranged to have a spanking new tire sent by motorcycle and bus to where we would eventually be later that night. Now we just had to get there.

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Above: (L) Frogger adds a bit of pressure to the slit tire, and (Right) a truck carrying sand out of the rivers heads to Nairobi… sand mining is destroying the river systems here (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41123284)

Frogger had just set off down the road when I got a call from my friend in Nairobi about the tire. I was supposed to call the bus driver to confirm where I wanted the tire delivered, but a massive rain cloud was scrambling cell signal. Worried a delay would scupper the plan, I quickly put in an SMS to my friend saying to go ahead, and then donned rain kit and blasted down the track to Mi 46 where the area’s cell tower is.

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In Mi 46, I had texts asking where I was, and I hoped I hadn’t missed our chance. Luckily, rain in Nairobi had also delayed everything on that end, so the plan was still in motion! So, with daylight waning, we continued – our sights set on the Masai Eco Lodge halfway between Kajiado and Bisil.

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Above: Down in Mi 46, we stop to catch up

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Above: Lovely riding into the African evening past the marble quary down to the main road

The Masai Eco Lodge was great. The staff were super and the rooms were fine. After doffing all the wet kit, we hit the bar for some French pate (which we brought, obviously) and Kenyan beers while we waited for Frogger’s tire to arrive. After a long delay – the bus got a flat in Isinya – we finally got word that they were nearby, so we hopped on the bikes and sprinted out to the roadside. I illuminated the signboard with my headlight and we waited. Soon a giant bus rounds the bend, downshifting. A man pops out, greets me, hands me a tire and climbs back on the bus. In 5 seconds the transaction was complete and we had our new Bridgestone ED78 Gritty!

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Above: Pate, the new tire, the old one…

Jazzed up from successfully making a plan, we enjoyed a couple of hours outside drinking Black Label and telling lies, listening to funny birds chattering to each other by the light of the climbing moon.

To be continued...
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on November 06, 2017, 08:19:25 am
YES! Another one.... :sip:
Title: Tires and mud continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on November 06, 2017, 08:49:00 am
Up at quarter past six, we were on the bikes and cruising down the road to Bisil in search of somebody with an air compressor.

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Above: Morning light at the Masai Eco Lodge

The first petrol station we checked had a moborbike fundi shop next to it that suited us just fine. We let the guy there do it (with some strategic management from us… he’d never seen a bead lock before) and after an hour or so we were headed back to the lodge for a much-appreciated breakfast.

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Above: Frogger manages the procedure, careful not to do any of the actual work.

After breakfast, we blasted lovely tracks south toward Ngataitek where we’d cross the tar again and proceed around Oldonyo Orok toward Torosei. The riding was great. With fresh rubber, Frogger could let the bike scream along the sandy tracks, no longer worried about a blowout. Across the tar, the first few km were excellent as well, a bit smaller than before, and winding in and out of acacias. We stopped at one point to take in the view, just as a bodaboda with some Masai pulled up. We were talking about the bikes when a charcoal poacher on his boda arrived. Just barely making it through the small, flooded riverbed, he struggled up the sandy incline and toppled over. Frogger, eager to help out, rushed down to lift the bike upright again and promptly tossed it over on the other side! Comic genius.

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Above: Frogger back on the rip, my Pig looking pretty as a picture

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Above: Great tracks for a little drifty braaaping

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Above: Oldonyo Orok viewpoint

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Above: Frogger, you are a handsome man. Anyone ever tell you that?

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Above: Frogger the Good Samaritan (those bags weigh a ton and the bodabodas are 125cc Chinese things… the guys are so overloaded they sit on the tank. It’s amazing, but also highly destructive… this area is losing trees at an alarming rate, exacerbating effects of drought, erosion etc… and the Masai around wonder why things seem to be getting worse. What a mess.)

After the charcoal incident, we set off to see if we would be able to ride the riverbed upstream. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was flooded so we had to search for an alternative along the bank. For about half an hour, we struggled through the thorns to no avail before turning back to a wonderful track that weaved in and out of the trees like a snake, the sandy surface perfect for a little drift here, a little drift there. Wonderful riding.

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Above: First time I’ve seen it so wet here. Long overdue.

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Above: Frogger’s loving the tracks

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Above: Some professional photography, this is.

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Above: Zebras in the bush. I also spotted an Eland at one point, and there were two fast racing pigs out there too you simply couldn’t miss.

We zipped along without stopping much. Our late start had put us behind schedule, and rain clouds were threatening on all sides. The tracks had been moist, but not sloppy thanks to their sandy composition, but I knew up ahead that might well change. If we got stuck in the dark in the rain, it would not be great....

...to be continued...



Title: Rough camp and mud, heading home
Post by: Osadabwa on November 06, 2017, 08:59:13 am
Then we were hit with a bad-luck one-two punch. It had just started to rain. My visor was speckled with raindrops, and I was riding uphill toward a bright patch of sky. Essentially, I was riding by feel. We’d slowed down due to the rain, but it didn’t stop me from hammering a large stone hard enough to puncture BOTH TIRES at once. That’s a new record for me, but not one to be proud of. To make matters worse, it was raining… and to make matters a lot worse, I noticed that not only had I punctured both tires, the front one had a 2 inch cut through it where the bead lock had taken a bite.

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Above: Me resigning myself to the fundi work ahead

On the positive side, once again we were in a position where we had to make a plan. I swapped out the rear tube in 25 minutes (I’ve gotten very good at this) and got to work on the front. To keep the tube from puncturing at the cut (from abrasion, as the gap opens and closes over the grit of the road), I cut a section of the old tube to make a sleeve to put over the hole. Pumped up, it looked like it would hold, but I was now forced to tone down the speed a notch or two.

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Above: Getting down to business… not too happy about that deep tire gash

All back together, we took off for Torosei to find fuel and a bit of water. There was still a chance we might make it down the small, rocky track to the bottom of the valley, but it was a small chance. And that chance turned to an impossibility an hour later when Frogger got another puncture. He was brought down by one of the thorns from earlier in the day while hunting for a track. So, one more roadside repair and we were ready to meet the biggest riding challenge of the trip: bring on the mud!

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Above: Frogger starts his repair… in about 5 minutes, this scene will include 3 Masai who will stand around and watch, commenting and getting in the way

Just down from where Frogger went flat, there was a nice long section of mud. I knew this because I’d already ridden through it before realizing he was gone. This time, I watched Frogger go first and he was doing well, throwing a nice roost and going generally straight… then he hit a football-sized rock and the rodeo dropped him in the slop.

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Above: Frogger is in the slop… it would take both of us to back him out of there

A bit further down, there was an even longer, slimier section which I went cautiously and ungracefully through. Frogger was close behind me and because I slowed down too much, he lost his momentum. Wisely, rather than trying to mudbog it through from a standing start, he chose the round-about way where the ground was a bit more firm.

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Above: Mud pit part deux

The mud never stopped, but I did quit taking pics of it. By this point, it was nearing 5pm, the track was a disaster, there were rain clouds on the horizon, and we were nowhere near the valley floor. Frogger had fallen again and I found him lying on his back in the mud, crying for his mommy or maybe cursing the gods, exhausted from trying to kick the flooded Pig back to life. Helping him out, (why is it I am always kickstarting bikes for people?) I, too began to feel the fatigue, so when the trail took us up to a nice, rocky ridge, we decided we’d found our home for the night.

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Above: Muddy aftermath

We pulled off the track far enough to be somewhat hidden, but perched nicely atop a little rise. If it rained, the water would at least not flood our tents. All set up, were finally ready to sit back, enjoy the evening, sip some Black Label and listen to the sounds. A bird (or frog maybe) out in the distance made an excited, repetitive chirp for hours on end, otherwise it was silent. The air was perfect, not hot or cold, the rain clouds thinned and never squeezed out a drop. The full moon behind the clouds was incredibly bright, lighting the scene brilliantly. We slept like the dead.

It’s always necessary when camping in Kenya to get up early. First, it’s hard to sleep in… the birds make a huge racket and the sun is intense from the second it rises, but there’s another reason: the looky-loos will find you, and you’ll be happy you took your morning shit before they get there. Sure enough, as we were packing our tents, two bodas full of guys pulled up on the track below. After a brief chat amongst themselves, they of course rode up to stare at us. These guys turned out to be benign… nobody asked us for money or told us we were doing something wrong, but it’s still just a bit “boring” as Frogger would say. Thankfully, they left eventually, and we popped on down the track.

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Above: the view out toward Mt. Shompole and our early morning guests (note the tight, pleather trousers… Masai fashion is evolving)

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The track out was lovely. There was no mud, and the place looked fresh after the rains. It’s a good mix of rocky, technical stuff and quicker singletrack. Sadly, we came across a dead giraffe (I smelled him before I saw him) who must have had a hard time of it during the drought. Of all the animals we come across regularly, I never tire of seeing giraffes… so it was sad for me to hear recentlly that they, too are not doing well as a species. They are now classified as vulnerable (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38240760), since their population has declined 30% in 3 generations.

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Above: Pole bwana…

Down on the valley floor at last, we were now resigned to just head over to Magadi and hit the tarmac home. With my slashed tire, we were in survival mode, and I thought we’d now made it out of the woods. Oh, not so, not so… the road crosses Lake Magadi in several places, and normally it’s dry, like riding over toast. Today however, after the rains… it was like riding through the bottom of a duck pond. The muck was special… the color of birdpoop and giving off a sulfurous stench, you definitely didn’t want to fall down in that stuff. Of course, I did. I’d done fine navigating the first deep section, even diving into a pool of standing water that was a lot deeper than I expected without putting a foot down, but my luck ran out. I was sliding this way and that across the pan and eventually saw my ass. The Magadi Mud Bath.

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Above: My pig wallowing in the Magadi Mud… that stuff is awful… air bubbles in it were iridescent blue

After my slip’n’slide action, it was smooth sailing. We took in the view at the usual overlook, cruised into Magadi for a Coke, and hit the tar back home. The front tire wobbled worryingly, but brought me home without giving up the ghost.

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Above: Frogger checks out the flamingos

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Above: Parting shot, XR650Rs over Lake Magadi

The trip was shorter than we’d planned, and a bit more fraught, but somehow the challenges of the tires and the mud made up for it. I love being prepared for (almost) anything, going to remote areas and sorting out problems as they arise, camping at a moment’s notice and really feeling like you’re out in it. There are other things you can do on a weekend, but none are as rewarding as this.

Cheers  :snorting:


Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on November 06, 2017, 10:09:39 am
Luv it!  :thumleft:
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 06, 2017, 12:17:39 pm
We camped at the Magadi Pans many years ago - 2 x XT500's and a R80GS - on a "golf course"?
We were told it was a golf course, we camped in a reed roofed structure that a masaai chap assured us was the clubhouse. In his defense, he had 2 clubs, a putter and 2 balls and was making his way around the course - it required an amount of imagination...
I will look for a pic!
Title: The Magadi Links
Post by: Osadabwa on November 06, 2017, 02:34:01 pm
Yes, Magadi has a golf course. We rode past it on the way into town. It's nothing more than a place where they scraped the biggest rocks away. The "rough" (which is obviously relative) is outlined with painted white rocks. Sleeping in the clubhouse would have been a good move I'd say!
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on November 06, 2017, 03:08:34 pm
Tigo has a bald patch as big as the pan... :o
Title: Ha!
Post by: Osadabwa on November 06, 2017, 04:06:25 pm
Steve, I miss you!

I considered accentuating it with Photoshop, but that pic falls entirely under the #nofilter category!  :lol8:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on November 06, 2017, 07:41:04 pm
Yoh, i just love your riding areas! I’m sitting in Afri Ski in Lesotho despondent after being humiliated by lesotho rocks for 4 days (at this stage i was supposed to be in Sehlabathebe on the other side of country), and you post this???

Not cool!

Real shame about the destruction of environment and giraffes though.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on November 06, 2017, 10:27:33 pm
Lovely!!
been waiting for your next report.... :)
( somehow, you failed to mention, Frogger is now on an XR, no longer the 690 :) ? haha
Title: Oink
Post by: Osadabwa on November 07, 2017, 06:53:31 am
Xpat, where do you get off complaining about riding in Lesotho for four days?  :lol8: I saw a pic of your bike in the rocks. It looks amazing! Maybe it's a bit too challenging for my tastes and for the size of the Pig but you have the right weapon at your disposal. Pull the 690 out one of these days, ride it up here and go explore. I can hand you 15 days of tracks to ride you would never forget... more maybe. We can get you from the coast, past Kilimanjaro and Amboseli, down to Magadi and up to the Loitas... on to Masai Mara, then up to Turkana and back. Un. Forget. Able.

Goingnowhere... You noticed the Frenchman switched teams eh? He is gaga for that Pig and rides it very well (the bastard). The first ride he took with me on it, it was so badly tuned it was spluttering and the suspension wasn't set up for him. He didn't even notice. But after we got it back home and fixed it up, now he can really see how great it is.
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on November 07, 2017, 07:03:28 am
You are a bit fast and loose there with the words like ‘riding’ Lesotho. It’s more along the ju-jitsu lines...

Hmmm, 15 days you say? 🤔
Title: Ju-jitsu!
Post by: Osadabwa on November 07, 2017, 07:41:49 am
Ha! Ju-Jitsu...

Easily 15 days of riding dirt, yes. Nairobi to Turkana and back is 10 days and you could do more if you have the energy. Ride from Coast to Masai Mara could be 5 or more. I also have tracks in Southern Tanzania, coastal Tanzania and Northern Tanzania that you would love. So basically, yeah. Get planning and when you are ready I'll send tracks.  :snorting:
Title: 2017 11 - Paraglider Hill Ride
Post by: Osadabwa on November 19, 2017, 08:07:16 am
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aLsMDp3tX1tMGoD9zbY8ZZzZpbOa-sy6lkxuecq9aEZLYULIcLFXF4-hjVEyxNo1kjmS8Dcr_UFBcWb5OGwE8Dte7A-ZVvuW8pv_wTGY4wNv8SSs7B9x6zuwNBMzVKp2Mh-_dhZhKvqc4rffixtqF8F4N7MDGPtb6zsDvFcNzjdzvTzklFUysRpddK8SYtoh04ck9OlWXcC1sanay57y0P-ULl8QVKnvVAIuEuNS4smnVIhyBnRLrr54FTnc9UJ3lB4f_VaDyvwkRE8inxzHRwJl5tipXcNlOF_AuLmZnUQyAEbA3E-Xm34Adp8hR0mtbXWda7iXuiy-iRe2IwNEHovf3Lrpl2_RKljBYS-y50jFFTaK-0g5Z-vDQTF5rcUsYzd14R7S6QZmFR3QWdi__9fIWJPg3A4TAP9LNitiX-Nxl6surFGszUJVrh62TI14RM_Qh6mBX1lFj3zUjr46qZ-nW6gfAhdnTWSFvHJ0HEqnk-pgaCQCfvvLo_TPcEn4Y8S_OW2eZgXOYiq0R23sjDokTHRCqKGJLG4tyVgI2kXcpPzAVDpXm8AUpvA6qXB9dz6p2DGpALDfgEUU6fzolXY7JUAFzTKf6yWDtw-03IIyhcRdTQRyWqmkM0ddKKKtIwaZ3OfdS5Vil3n8l0g5f8C15Ym45913Qo=w864-h486-no)
Teaser: The top of a very tough climb... this ride was full of surprises

One of the best things about Kenya is the variety of terrain accessible without ever putting the bike on a trailer. This ride was a prime example of that. Friday, I left home at 1:30 and rode 100km of dusty, rocky, beautiful, fast, Rift Valley dirt. Every time I drop in there I’m amazed at the pace of the development though. The Railway being constructed by the Chinese has brought a lot of new roads, loads more vehicles and people. Progress, I guess.

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Above: A stone quary. Many of Kenya’s old houses were made with this gray stone.

Speaking of progress… I stopped at the Riba Springs Lodge opposite the Catholic Chapel built by Italian POWs in 1942 (link (https://karamvisuals.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/church-built-by-italian-prisoners-of-world-war-2-in-kenya/)) and was having a refreshing road soda when my phone rang. It was a colleague in Tanzania asking me to organize a meeting for next week in Ethiopia. So, beer in hand, clad in enduro gear, sweating in the Rift Valley, I made an international call and sent an email. Job done. Maybe folks in the 1st world take that for granted already, but not this mzungu. When I first came to Kenya in the late 1990's, a phone call to the US was $3/minute if you could even get an outside line, and the echo meant most of the time was spent saying: "no you talk, yeah, I hear you...go ahead".

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Above: My office for the Friday afternoon

Having quenched my thirst, I bee-lined it past Kijabe up to Bwana’s place (I’ve called him Clarke in the past, but knowing him longer now, this better suits the man) enjoying warm sunshine all the way, a relief after several days of gloomy drizzle in Nairobi. I doffed my fancy dress and we climbed in the Range Rover to bump around some slick red-clay roads into the forest for a nice evening with a group around a camp fire. Not a bad start to the weekend.

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Above: Arriving at Bwana’s… that’s a beautiful lawn ornament if I do say so myself

The following day we got up early to do a loop through the bottom of the forest passing through the tea and agricultural areas on the borders. If you put to one side that all this area was forested and inhabited by elephant less than 100 years ago, it’s very pretty. Tea especially has a nice look on the rolling hillsides.

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Entering the forest, we were pleased to see that road works have not proceeded apace (hopefully somebody has already eaten the money). Cutting a good road into a natural environment invites poachers and squatters, and given the flimsy rule-enforcement that characterizes Kenya’s standard operating procedure, it would only be a matter of time before the trees vanish completely. As we rode, the track became more and more overgrown and slick, and there was sign of elephant in places where they’d pushed through the undergrowth and pooped on the road (elephants seem to love a good road-poop). Brilliant.

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Above: Grown over… fortunately

A quick stop at camp for Bwana to stuff his face and we were off again, this time through the bamboo and out to the North, through fields and colonial-era evergreen plantations. Bwana was less than thrilled to see that the road he recently paid to repair has already been destroyed by the farmers accessing their fields. I believe we were witnessing the ill effects of the economic “free-rider” complex.

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to be continued...  :snorting:
Title: Paraglider Hill Continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on November 19, 2017, 08:18:20 am
Our plan was to get off the highlands and back down into the Rift Valley. Unbelievably, though born and raised in Kenya, Bwana has never been to the top of Mt. Suswa, so it was my turn to show him something new. First, though, he wanted to take a small detour down to see the ruins of the original Kenton College prep school (a colonial relic built near Kijabe Hill in 1924 on the site of a former German Sanatorium… I Googled it, Bwana) and take in the view from Kijabe Hill, a grassy knob separated from the escarpment, staring straight at Mt. Longonot and Lake Naivasha where paragliders catch updrafts.

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Above: Paraglider Hill in the background

It was obvious someone took care to make things well back in the day. A shack, clad in humble corrugated iron sheets still stands, faded decorative wooden trim and all. The large structures at Kenton have almost completely returned to the earth, however. A process I’ve always regretted… someone needs a brick for their house, so they take one. Maybe some roofing sheets? Go ahead, it doesn’t belong to anybody. Before you know it, Roman Marble adorns St. Peter’s and Kenton College holds up a duka selling tomatoes. Alas.

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Above: The remains of Kenton College Prep School, Kijabe

Having sufficiently tripped through history, it was time to scale the Hill. Bwana wasn’t sure, but he reckoned there was a road to the top (something easily verifiable with Google Maps or asking chaps along the way, but why bother) so we began our ascent. The road was big, then less big, then it was a track, then it was no more. But we’d committed, and actually I was enjoying the challenge. We were attempting to ascend in a cork-screw fashion through the grass, occasionally stumbling upon a thin goat path. The views of the valley below were stunning, and the Pigs were grunting happily along, all torque and thump.

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Above: Bwana on the corkscrew when it was still a path

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Above: On the corkscrew, but no longer a path

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Above: Amazing view through the haze over the rim of Mt. Longonot

We were making decent progress for a while, but the vegetation and topography turned against us. Initially, the ground cover was low grass and the hill was less steep. Having gone all the way to the other side of the hill, however, we found a rather different situation. Large tufts of tussock grass made it almost impossible to keep riding, and the angle of the slope had increased noticeably… It would have been a fine intermediate ski slope in other climates.

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Above: Bwana contemplating next moves

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Above: Bwana on the horizon, coming through the tussock

Eventually, we had to turn back… a maneuver easier said than done. I decided it was best to just point the bike downhill and ride a smooth arc back the way I’d come. Bounding over the tussock, I managed, but the prospect of getting it wrong had my heart in my throat. Not wanting to abandon the summit, I stubbornly summoned my strength, found a place with decent footing and aimed straight up. Thumping along avoiding rocks and shrubs and generally holding on for dear life, I found a flattish spot and took a rest with the summit in view. It took awhile before Bwana emerged over the knoll – he’d taken a more direct route through some stones – but before long we’d both scrambled our way to the summit where we celebrated by taking in the view and munching a Camembert and avocado baguette.

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Above: Smiles at the summit!

We didn't see anybody paragliding, but here's a video somebody took from that exact spot. Shows the hill very well.


It had been hard going, and we were knackered. By now we knew we wouldn’t reach Mt. Suswa, so we decided to descend the hill and see if we could ride down to the road below. Again, the road was good, then it was not, then it was no more. At some point it became clear that the only choice was to continue descending, because the prospect of climbing back the way we’d come was unthinkable, so we pressed on. Eventually, we spotted the railway, which in a pinch could be our lifeline out (if, of course, the train didn’t come), but reaching it, we decided to jump across and keep following the fall line.

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Above: Either Bwana is listening for a train, or planning to do himself in

I crossed the tracks first and essentially fell off the other side into a hell of rolling bowling-ball sized and bigger rocks. Goats and erosion had fooled me into believing it was a track. It was tough going. I tried all the proper riding techniques, but just couldn’t keep on two wheels. I’d roll up on a rock with my rear tire and it would promptly roll sideways, knocking me off balance and into some other obstacle. To make matters worse, I looked up and saw Bwana toodling off in another direction, having obviously found a much easier track!

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Above: My rock garden descent… ain’t no picnic on a Pig, but I did it!

Separated, it took us a minute to figure out where the other was. I eventually connected to a lovely singletrack and descended down to the valley floor where Bwana was waiting. It was after 2pm, we’d gone less than 90 km and we were totally shot. It was time for a drink so we bee-lined it for Mai Mahiu and took a load off.

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Above: Arrived alive

At 3pm, it was time to part ways. I for Nairobi, Bwana back up the hill. I had two choices: Take the tarmac and be home in an hour, or ride the dirt of the valley and be home in two. I took the latter, without hesitation. Knackered as I was, I will always ride dirt if given the chance, and it was well worth it. The road I picked had been essentially abandoned since the Chinese have improved a more direct ,parallel one, so I was all alone.It was essentially smooth sandy hard-pack, so I could just fly. The sinuous flow of the road reminded me of a late season skiing in Jackson Hole... making my way to the top of Rendezvous peak and skiing the whole 5000 vertical feet to the bottom in one long go, carving through slushy moguls down the Hobacks all the way, alone apart from the afternoon sunshine. Brilliant.

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Above: Afternoon valley view

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Home at 5pm, 200km in the day, fully satisfied and still buzzing.

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Title: Gatamaiyo Forest - Last ride of the year
Post by: Osadabwa on December 14, 2017, 03:27:40 pm
Bwana wanted to explore some tracks in the forest, so we packed fishing rods on the XRs and set off on a Wednesday (there’s nothing quite so sweet as a weekday ride). In advance of the ride, I slammed a few tracks into my GPS from a quick look at Google Earth to help guide us to the entrances and we took off. Part of the plan was to find likely spots for potential wind energy on the ridges, so we climbed up and down grassy hilltops and through old pine plantations. It wasn’t hell-bent-for-glory type riding, but it was lots of fun picking our way among the tree stumps and sheep.

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Above: Much of the hillside riding was open, with big views, but some of it was tight and tortured; thorny bushes tugging at our clothes…

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Following a new road down the hill through dense indigenous forest, we were a bit disgruntled to find that it didn’t continue through, dead-ending 3km from the next road. A lodge was being constructed to service a forest adventure park up the hill a ways, giving guests access to the rivers nearby. We parked the bikes at the construction site and went down on foot to explore. Bwana tried his fly in the murky water but didn’t have any luck. Lovely spot though.

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Later on, having navigated some of the villages and tea estates East of the forest, we tried our luck on a track I found on Google Earth which promised a transect of the forest. It started out promisingly enough, and afforded us access to another stretch of river which again yielded no trout, but eventually the greenery smothered the track and we were forced to concede defeat.

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Above: One of several downed trees in the path… good thing Bwana carries his hand saw

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Above: Our overgrown track joined a more well-trodden one which brought us outside the Rhino Arc gate above the tea estates.

We emerged from the the claustrophobic forest to the gilded afternoon light shining dazzlingly off the patchwork quilt of the tea farms. Without forest cover, the tea estates accentuate the terrain wonderfully, and we dropped into some very steep and narrow paths in our search for a passible track. One in particular was stunning: the red clay of the track contrasting brilliantly with the emerald of the tea, and nestled deep in the shadowy valley a 20 meter waterfall could be seen careening over its edge.

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Tracking and backtracking along, we finally linked together enough rideable tracks to lead us again back into the forest. It was now 6PM, 45 minutes of daylight left, so we blasted it. As luck would have it, the track was big and, though a bit tricky with dust in spots, quick enough for us to make good time. Back at Bwana’s house, the beers were cold and the fire crackling. A good end to a great day!

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Above: Not a half bad way to end the year
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: aka.Goliath on December 14, 2017, 11:49:47 pm
Very nice riding. Thanks for the report. Always a good idea to have a saw and something to cut wire when on the bike and especially out in the bundus. 
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on December 15, 2017, 08:26:26 am
Incredible terrain, dramatically contrasting to much of your previous riding.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on December 15, 2017, 08:41:03 am
That is the beauty of Kenya. Completely contrasting landscapes in different parts of the country. Suppose you could say the same about SA
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: westfrogger on December 15, 2017, 08:49:03 am
Always enjoy your stuff, thanks for the tales and photos.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on December 15, 2017, 08:49:19 am
Those sheep were looking a bit nervous....
Title: Nervous sheep
Post by: Osadabwa on December 15, 2017, 09:58:53 am
Steve, it's understandable. I ran over a sheep not long ago on the Pig... it went okay for the pig, but not so much for the sheep... and yeah, Bwana has Irish and Kiwi roots, so there's reason for sheep to keep distance!

To the rest, thanks for following along this year. Hope next year we get to see some new territory!

Cheers
 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 - Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on December 15, 2017, 10:56:22 am
I appreciate your posts and old Levi should make it to your side of the country one of these days, He is not getting there very fast. :ricky:
Have a nice year end and looking forward to next years riding!
Title: Re: Nervous sheep
Post by: steveindar on December 16, 2017, 08:08:17 am
Steve, it's understandable. I ran over a sheep not long ago on the Pig... it went okay for the pig, but not so much for the sheep... and yeah, Bwana has Irish and Kiwi roots, so there's reason for sheep to keep distance!

To the rest, thanks for following along this year. Hope next year we get to see some new territory!

Cheers
 :snorting:

Should have taken Tigo along to sort out the sheep  :pot: