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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Osadabwa on April 24, 2017, 08:32:50 am

Title: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Osadabwa on April 24, 2017, 08:32:50 am
Weeks in the planning, 10 days in the doing - Kolobus, Rawlence and I returned yesterday from certainly one of the best rides on the continent. We had the right bikes (Honda XR650s), the right attitude, and just enough skill to tackle (almost) everything we set out for. Our route took us off-road through some of Kenya's most iconic scenery and into some of her most rarely visited remote areas. We spooked elephants, blasted riverbeds, flirted with heat stroke, nearly got stoned by villagers and crossed the Jade Sea in a fishing boat. It's hard to sum up, so let me just put a few pics here while I organize the full RR.

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Above: Me, Rawlence and Kolobus with our XRs

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Above: Our route, counter-clockwise from Nairobi. Each color denotes a day

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Karibuni, :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Slaaiblaar on April 24, 2017, 08:37:59 am
 :happy1:
Adventure biking at its best
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on April 24, 2017, 08:40:21 am
Sub :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: ROOI on April 24, 2017, 08:52:33 am
Definitely sub :deal:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: edgy on April 24, 2017, 08:54:04 am
Wow...awesome! :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: bud500 on April 24, 2017, 08:56:29 am
Definitely sub :deal:

+1
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: pietas on April 24, 2017, 08:56:51 am
Now this will be good. Looking forward to more
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: KiLRoy on April 24, 2017, 09:29:11 am
Definitely sub :deal:

+1

+ 2
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2017, 09:37:04 am
 :headbang:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: halfjob on April 24, 2017, 11:20:04 am
ok so ignore what i said in my pm about taking a 1200 adv with me  :laughing4: will look for an XR before i leave :deal: THAT is my kind of riding. will hopefully hook up with you when i get there  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Amsterdam on April 24, 2017, 11:24:38 am
That looks like a serious loop.  I sometimes dream of riding the lake Turkana route to Ethiopia.
Title: Day 1 - Goodbye Nairobi, Hello Mt. Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 12:10:34 pm
Let’s ease into this. We’ve got ten days. Step one is getting out of East Africa’s largest city without being killed.

Easter Weekend was going to make Kenya’s roads a living nightmare, so we got an early start. Tar was unavoidable in the morning, but it gave everyone a chance to get their bike legs under them. Rawlence is still recovering a year after a motorbike crash that will haunt his unborn grandkids, and Kolobus nearly missed out on the trip due to the recent removal of a titanium elbow plate (souvenir from a fall many years back). By the time we got to Karatina, though we were ready to get dusty… right after we stopped for a quick tank-bracket weld job on the XRL.

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Above: In Karatina, having Kolobus’ XR650L tank bracket welded

From Karatina, we climbed up the flank of Mt. Kenya, dipping in and out of forest reserve, lovely high-altitude farms and tree plantations. The tracks were dry and we were able to fly, but a capsized truck made us search for a work-around and we were delayed by the magnificence of some very tall African Cedar trees. We popped out in Nanyuki for lunch around two, well ahead of schedule. We were unimpressed with the decidedly meager portions at our lunch spot, and were left perplexed when the owner assured us we’d be seeing “lots of dead bodies” where we were headed due to the ongoing drought in the semi-arid lands, but that she was sure we’d “have a good time up there”…. Choosing to ignore all that, we split up the road another couple of clicks and were chilling at the Timau River Lodge with time to spare for a sundowner or three, relaxed and very eager for the next day.

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Above: One never quite understands how, but trucks capsize often in Kenya

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Above: Kolobus on the work-around track

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Above: Tall, tall trees, a cool, cool breeze and XRs in threes

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Above: Rawlence and I on the White Caps, Kolobus testing out his travel Espresso maker

Tomorrow the plan would be, well, considerably more ambitious… and beautiful… and long…

Stay tuned.

 :snorting:

Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: frankmac on April 25, 2017, 12:26:06 pm
Glad you made it through Turkana ok.

Between them and the Pokots, not the most peaceful bunch and who seem to place more emphasis on owning an AK-47 than bother with wearing clothes  :biggrin:
Title: Day 2 - Timau to Mathews Range via Borana Escarpment and Kipsing Lugga
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 04:06:31 pm
Eager to ride doesn’t begin to describe it. We were gagging! Up early and on the bikes, we were greeted by the benevolent face of Mt. Kenya, completely free of clouds who watched us turn North and rip our way to the edge of the Borana escarpment through a game area of the same name. The roads were very  quick and the views were wide. In time, we reached a forested area with a meadow in it that represented the end of the highlands. From here, there was nowhere to go but down.

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Above: The XRs and Mt. Kenya

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At the big meadow, we decided to take a small detour to what I believed would be a lookout spot on the edge of the valley. Google Earth is an amazing tool for finding places like this, and it turned out to be a beautiful spot. The only downside was the presence of very, VERY fresh elephant shit that, as the point person pushing through dense bush, made me more than a little uneasy. I’ve been on walking safaris where not even the guide saw the elephant until he was only a bush away, and here we were on bikes with nowhere to turn. Fortunately, our noisy aftermarket pipes were signaling our arrival well in advance, and wherever Mr. Tembo was, he was hiding from us.

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Above: That’s fresh stuff, man… flies and everything

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Above: The lookout. Our route down would take us behind those peaks

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Above: From the relative lushness of the highlands, the dusty haze of the semi-desert below looked foreboding

We began our descent. The track down the escarpment was once a road, but now a 4x4 would struggle in many places. At first there were signs of boda boda tracks and bicycles, but they quickly vanished and we were on our own. The few villages we saw as we got deeper and the temperatures rose were small and very traditional. Goats seemed to be doing okay on the patchy green from recent rains, but it was far from lush down there.

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Above: The descent begins. Nice, hard packed dirt with plenty of rocks to skitter around on

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I’d given the other guys the GPS tracks I’d made from Google Earth. Home-made tracks, though very accurate, can have a few inaccuracies that need to be evaluated on the fly. I’m used to this. The guys aren’t. Before I knew it, I was alone in the bush. Cutting the engine, I heard one bike laboring somewhere, but couldn’t hear the other. I turned back and found Kolobus climbing out of a riverbed where he’d been misled by an old track, but Rawlence was nowhere to be seen. I scampered back up a scrambly section to find that, sure enough, he had gone straight down the spine of the ridge on a foot path rather than angling down as we had. I found him on the hillside, XR wedged in some bushes, none the worse for wear but overheated. It was a struggle to pull his Pig out of there, but we were soon back on track.

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Above: Rawlence decides to go enduro

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Above: The Pig rests in the bush, Rawlence hydrates from his MSR water bladder

Coming down from the rescue mission, I ran over a branch that quickly wrapped itself into my sprocket and rear brake. Fortunately, we bikers are prepared. I pulled out my Masai Kisu and whacked away until the branch gave up and we could proceed. In no time, I was flailing on a tight inside corner where I couldn’t quite ride around, and couldn’t quite get my feed down either. Rawlence and I opted for the walk through, but Kolobus did a dainty little ride through, showing us how it’s done. The track became ever rougher until we finally caught sight of the river bed. The famous Kipsing Lugga at last! We celebrated with a box of smashed crackers mixed with various sardine options and drank as much water as we could. It was getting hot, damn hot.

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Above: Using the Kisu to free the Pig, walking the Pig around a (not so) tricky bit

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Above: The road continues, roughly through the thorns and heat

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Above: Our lunch spot on the Kipsing Lugga

To be continued...
Title: Day 2 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 04:12:04 pm
Of course, we celebrated too soon. Right away, a Samburu warrior, shirtless with beaded chinstrap and all, greeted us and told us we couldn’t ride the riverbed here due to a big rock fall ahead. I of course didn’t believe him… until I confirmed it for myself. This left us to climb back up the riverbank to hunt for a passage beyond the rocks. It couldn’t have been more than a kilometer, but no track made itself visible to us and the bus was a messy nest of wait-a-bit bushes and other nasty greenery. Finally, I got fed up and aimed straight for the lugga hoping the stones had passed. Elation! Success! The sand superhighway was waiting.

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Above: Looking for our track – check the girl sprinting to get away from me. Story of my damn life!

The riverbed was luxurious. Wide, hard-packed sand flanked by tall acacias and sometimes topped with tall hills in the distance, it was a blast to ride and much quicker than the descent from Borana. We took turns leading, leapfrogging along at a nice pace, scattering camels in our wake. It was so nice to see full grown trees again… the Masai areas near Nairobi are so badly depleted. This is how the bush should look. Untouched. Brilliant.

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Above: Yours truly, enjoying the lugga

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Above: Rawlence scatters the camels

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Above: Kolobus taking the XRL through her paces

We jumped out of the Kipsing River and found ourselves in a village (Kipsing, no doubt). We were greeted by a nice guy who served us warm cokes, tried to find a bolt for Kolobus’ missing one (rattled loose from the rack) and gave me an Ostrich feather to decorate my Pig with (it lasted 20 kms). Baba Kelly he was. Nice guy. The rest of the village did the usual village thing; gawking at the bikes, speculating about the wazungu, quizzing us about really bizarre things e.g. “Is that the petrol tank” etc. It’s all par for the course, and we were in good spirits to play the game. But, it was time to braaap on. Our destination was still very far away.

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Above: Rawlence doing his usual thing: distributing sweets to the gathered throng of kids.

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Above: My Pig’s Ostrich plume and Rawlence’s crew (this pic makes the kid in the button-down shirt look like he has an enormous hand 😊)

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Above: Posing with Baba Kelly and Kelly himself

The next section of track would take us West toward Baringo, where we did not want to go, before turning back East toward Wamba where we did. We began to call it the “Dust to Glory” section due to the vast expanses, very good roads and blistering speeds at which we were comfortable sailing along. It was hot, dry and fast, and apart from a short delay for a herd of clueless camels crossing the Ewaso Ngiro river bridge, we made cracking time.

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Above: Camel traffic

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Above: Africa glory – a serious speed section on the way to Wamba

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Above: Rawlence’s kickstarter-side boot, and the boys chilling in a cool corner having a Coke in Wamba

To be continued...
Title: Day 2 - Continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 04:16:30 pm
In Wamba, it was abundantly clear we would not make it to Ngurunit before dark. The planned track was anything but straight, and went winding into the spectacular Mathews Range mountains, south of the Milgis River and the Ndotos. Still relatively fresh, we were completely prepared to rough camp in the bush if need be, so we set off, enjoying the ever more golden light and spectacular riding. What a place, the Mathews has long been on my list of places to go, and I would go back in a minute.

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Above: Approaching the Mathews Range

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Above: Quick tracks and good roads characterize the approach

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Above: As evening settled in, the road became more windy

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Above: Late evening, beautiful scenery

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Above: The golden village

Soon there was more shadow than sunlight, so we began to look for a nice spot to make camp. We looked at several hillsides, but decided instead on a small riverbed with sandy stretches interspersed with large stone. It was tight and secluded and made a perfect camp (assuming there was no flash flood). We set up tents and tucked in to the rat packs we’d brought, as well as the emergency supply of Black Label. The stars came out in a moonless sky. Satellites whisked past. The occasional airplane beacon in the distance. It was wonderful there. Perhaps it was the heat, perhaps the excitement, but it didn’t take much booze before one of our party went from hyper talkative to unresponsive. We considered leaving him there, he looked so comfortable, but decided we’d never live it down if he were stung by a scorpion or if hyena came and ate his face. So, instead, we photographed the corpse, woke him up and lugged him to his tent. We all slept like stone.

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Above: The last of the light

See you tomorrow.

But before I go, here's the video summary :snorting:

Title: Can you see pics?
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 04:43:33 pm
Suffice it to say I'm pissed off.

Can you see the pics from day 1?

I can't, if I go incognito.

Mods... anybody?
Title: Re: Can you see pics?
Post by: Xpat on April 25, 2017, 04:47:55 pm
Suffice it to say I'm pissed off.

Can you see the pics from day 1?

I can't, if I go incognito.

Mods... anybody?

I can't see pics from Day 1. Can see the others.

I'm pissed off reading your report, so we are even. But there is a chance I may head up there later this year to even out the score - though I'm right now considering Congo, as I have ridden Kenya already - not all of those tracks though.
Title: Ok, back in business
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2017, 04:54:09 pm
Seems I figured out the pics.

I'll pick up where I left off soon.

Cheers all and thanks @Xpat for trying to help me out.
Title: Day 3 - Mathews through the Milgis Lugga
Post by: Osadabwa on April 26, 2017, 08:56:33 am
Dawn was a wave of birdsong and grayish, warming light. Soon the sound of the camp espresso maker added to the happy noises. We were enjoying our coffees and packing up when the Milgis tax man cameth. The noise of the boda bubbled around the bend in the river and three men appeared, two in green fatigues, one with a rifle. We let Rawlence chat them up, but he couldn’t extricate us from our camping fee which would ostensibly be a contribution to the Milgis Trust. It seemed legitimate (sort of, since only us whiteys had to pay), so we paid up, but not before taking a selfie with the scouts as a receipt (sadly, deleted somehow).

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Above: Camp skinny river

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Above: Camp cooking and clean up

We fired up the XRs shortly after the scouts puttered off, and found ourselves continuing downstream on our dry riverbed. It was a tributary to the very wide Milgis Lugga which would take us to Ngurunit, but the going was not all peaches and cream. The bush crept right down to the edges of the stream bed, in places making us hunker down and push through the branches. The going was slow, but the disconcerting bit was how poor the visibility was considering we were following the obvious and very very VERY recent tracks of elephants. I was in the lead and kinda freaked out. When we passed the fresh poop and piss spot, I became positively jittery. We crawled. First gear and lugging it. Slowly around every bend, peering hard into every bush. Sure enough, in the span of a few meters, we emerged from a thicket and a herd of six mothers and calves clambered away to our left up a slight slope into the forest. They were no more than a couple meters away. It was spectacular. Scary, but amazing. In the hulabaloo, Kolobus nearly rear-ended me as both of us were looking over our shoulders while still moving forward. I didn't relish the idea of being pinned under the Pig while Mama Ele decided to come back to take us on!

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Above: Sandy going and tight... keep your eyes open!

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Above: Elephant tracks from that morning leading up an increasingly narrow riverbed

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Above: Okay, now that’s fresh…

Having enjoyed our brush with Kenyas most iconic and charismatic megafauna, we decided to get the hell out of the lugga and follow a track that mercifully emerged not long after. It was beautiful dirt that lifted and dove over hills, past abandoned Samburu homesteads and over hard-packed sand and gravel. The track was beautiful, the track was fast and in no time the track dumped us squarely into the Milgis Lugga.

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To be continued...
Title: Day 3 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 26, 2017, 09:04:47 am
I’ve heard tell about the Milgis. If it's flooded, you can’t ride it. If it’s too dry, the sand is so soft you sink. We arrived to a Milgis of wonderfully compact sand as far as the eye could see. From where track started to Ngurunit was over 30 km of choose-your-own-line riding. The going was surprisingly tricky. In a littler riverbed, there’s just one line to take, where the water flows. In a river bed of this size, there were multiple deep cuts that snaked across the width of the river, sometimes with deep holes in spots, sometimes with unexpectedly soft sand. The sharp edges took Rawlence down at one point and the changing surfaces nearly claimed Kolobus as well (fortunately both incidents are recorded for posterity in the attached video... you're welcome fellas).

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Above: In 30km of riverbed, there was only one impassible place, and it afforded us a chance to climb the riverbank for an amazing view of the valley.

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Above: Kolobus looking like special forces

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Above: Rawlence takes a seat

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Above: I love this bike! I love this place!

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Above: The guys each take a different line. No need to eat dust in the Milgis.

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Above: Out of the lugga now, toward the Ndoto mountains from the Milgis, onward to Ngurunit

We arrived in Ngurunit in early afternoon, hammered some sardines etc and organized water, food and beer. The camp’s kids were put to work that day. They brought back 20L of drinking water, 60L of washing water and many beers. They set up the showers, brought our mosi nets and rousted up the old guy who sweeps away the thorns. Having cooled off a bit, I volunteered to hop back on the bike for a run down the road in search of cell reception to send the all’s well to loved ones. It was a joy. Dressed in tennis shoes, t-shirt and normal pants, I flew down the road, feeling the sun burning my arms and neck, drifting against better judgement around corners on the unburdened Pig. Later I went in search of the mythical hot spring, but was turned away by a very rocky road and a powerful thirst for a beer. We frittered the day away in an attempt to recover our strength. The plan for the following day was going to be very ambitious…

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Above: Letting the boys cool and telling tall tales

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Above: My little solo-run in search of “network”

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Above: The track to the spring. End of the line for me in my tennies.

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Above: Our digs, the container bungalow of Ngurunit

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Above: Chilling… Rawlence organizes food from the local mama… good thing he brought his dress-up boxers

We slept well despite the heat which had sunk into our very bone marrow, dreaming of riverbed riding and elephants.

Tomorrow will be a challenge… to put it mildly. Makes me thirsty just thinking about it.

Stay tuned, but before you go, check out the video... it's worth watching:



 :snorting:

Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Malcolm on April 26, 2017, 10:51:48 am
Hey Osadabwa

Lekker kiff report, but man its killing me.  I am missing Kenya too much when i see this stuff.

Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: badballie on April 26, 2017, 11:25:33 am
Awesome  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: sidetrack on April 26, 2017, 12:16:49 pm
That was a close call at 1:00  :o
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: D man on April 26, 2017, 01:48:50 pm
Every now and then a truly stunning RR appears, this is one of them.  Well done!
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: big oil on April 26, 2017, 05:15:07 pm
Man that was a hell of a save, can't believe he didn't go down.
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: MaxThePanda on April 26, 2017, 06:13:37 pm
Very kiff story. Jealous as hell!
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Gottoride on April 26, 2017, 07:10:10 pm
Man that was a hell of a save, can't believe he didn't go down.
Neither could I, Big Oil, but the throttle is your friend! Surprised there wasn't a bite mark in my seat  :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: big oil on April 26, 2017, 08:56:54 pm
Man that was a hell of a save, can't believe he didn't go down.
Neither could I, Big Oil, but the throttle is your friend! Surprised there wasn't a bite mark in my seat  :snorting:

 For sure:lol8: :ricky:
Title: Day 4 - Lake Logipi... the Stone Oven of North Suguta
Post by: Osadabwa on April 27, 2017, 07:38:51 am
Settle in, folks, it's gonna be a long, eventful day.

A peaceful morning greeted us. Nice light. Not yet scorching hot. Not yet. By the time we were packed up, the broiler of a sun was preheating nicely. I took a rinse in the shower with my kit on to benefit from a bit of cheap AC as we blasted out of Ngurunit en route to Tuum where we would decide which of the tracks I’d made we’d follow down into the volcanic rift that makes up the northern end of Suguta Valley and the southern end of Lake Turkana.

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Above: The Ndotos from our Ngurunit camp

Leaving Ngurunit is a joy. The road is sandy and quick as you please and races past the stoic stone faces of the Ndoto mountains and through clutches of acacia trees. The first 20km or so is a nice dirt road, the type you expect out in the middle of nowhere, but by the time you reach Ilaut, it merges with the mega dirt superhighway that the Turkana Wind Power Project has constructed to ferry the hundreds of wind turbines and high tension equipment to the stony hills south of Loiyangalani. Once on that, it’s really full-throttle time. But take care, we all found ourselves basically asleep at the bars and some of those bends are more abrupt than you take them for. Approaching with the throttle open, only to suddenly realize you won’t make the turn is a sphincter puckering experience. The only remedy is a quick downshift and another fist full of throttle to drift that rear end around to face the open end of the turn. Once it’s done, you feel like superman, but damn…

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Above: Kolobus charging past the Ndotos

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Above: Rawlence rips into the last turns before the superdirt

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Above: On the superdirt (and some big cat tracks in the sand I found later on)

We like going fast. Who doesn’t? But that Wind Farm road is too much. We’re on XRs, not GSs, so we deviated at the first chance to find a more challenging track leading towards Tuum. We knew it would add time, but also grins, so we went for it. We were not disappointed. Right away the track was more exciting, and it just kept getting better, climbing a scrambly rockstrewn mess of a hill and kicking us out on a double-track through some open plains with views of Nyiro in the distance on whose western flank huddles Tuum. What a blast. And out in all that scrub, right in the middle of the track I spooked a large gray Lynx, pointy ears assaulted by the noise of our approach. Brilliant.

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Above: Yeah, XRs are the way to go. Look at the flying stones!

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In a flash we were at the iconic Tuum turnoff. The stone marker has been there since before I passed through here in 2004, as is the Desert Rose mailbox, though the lovely plant by the same name has since been ploughed under in the name of progress (flashback link HERE  (http://www.roamafrica.co.za/forum/index.php?topic=2329.msg38440#msg38440)to see the area a decade ago). It was at the turnoff that I realized my luggage system was still doing the hula (I’d noticed it first in the Mathews)… as I feared, one of the heli-coils that attaches the rack to the aluminum subframe had given up the ghost and the looseness was playing havoc with the other bolts. This was bad news. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep going with the rack loose, and I was 100% sure I’d be stuffed if the subframe broke again (as it did during THIS RIDE (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=204059.msg3768366#msg3768366) down in S. Kenya). So, it was time to get clever. I unsheathed my travel hammer (thanks Panic!) and jury-rigged a system out of a stone and several robust cable ties to anchor the rack to a nearby support. Amazingly, it held fast the entire trip!

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Above: The Tuum turnoff on the South Horr – Baragoi road

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Above: For years, the Turkana and Samburu have had tribal conflict in this area. The Tuum diocese has tried to mediate with limited success. This sign has been standing in the scorching sun long enough to have lost the red circle backslash that is meant to tie the depiction of the AK-47 in with the suggested “Land of Peace” slogan. Sadly, these days, the AK is no longer the weapon of choice, with much more sophisticated arms falling off government trucks left and right it seems. Modern day politicized tribalism requires modern weapons. These ain’t your grandpa’s cattle raids.

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Above: Roadside rack repair using local materials

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Above: My stone-aged rack repair. Fred Flintstone would be proud (geologists, feel free to correct me on type of stone used…)

From the turnoff, it was a scenic blast to Tuum, a dot on the side of Nyiro. Our objectives there were threefold:

1) Water. We knew if we were descending to the edge of Lake Logipi or toward the Southern Tip of Lake Turkana we would need more of it. Both lakes are saline, and the Tuum folks were telling us the Logipi water is positively poisonous… not that we’d try to drink it anyway.

2) Fuel. The big tanks needed a top-up.

3) Info. My “tracks” to both Logipi and Mt. Telekis were sketchy at best, so a bit of local intel would come in handy.
Amazingly, we managed to get fuel and info, but no water! Water, the stuff that we literally could not live without! Apparently the Nyiro spring above Tuum is sweet enough that none of the dukas even bother selling drinking water. This was bad news. I was very concerned that we would get down into the depths of that stone-lined pizza oven from hell and not be able to get back before nightfall. Camping without extra water would be uncomfortable at best, perilous at worst. Despite this legitimate worry, we went for it. Guess it was too early in the morning to be making sensible decisions.

Lake Logipi here we come.

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Above: Politicians are masters of self-promotion. “Legendary”. My my my.

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Above: Tuum is a one-horse town for sure. Dukas had warm Cokes but no water.

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Above: The petrol “station” was a drum at a guy’s house decanted into 1 liter bottles. There’s a lot going on in this pic… Note the satellite TV dish in a town with no electricity, the kids with petrol covered hands (the old dude let one of them do the siphoning… what a gent) and the cow about to step nonchalantly into the sitting room.

The ride from Ngurunit to Tuum merits its own short video... it was lovely



To be continued...
Title: Day 4 - Lake Logipi continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 27, 2017, 07:49:02 am
One of the men helping fill the bikes said he’d been to Logipi recently on a boda. “Well, not all the way… I stopped and got in a 4x4 at some pont… the rocks get big down there!”. That was interesting intel. As was his declaration that the track was pretty good down to the next village called Parkati, but then it proceeds to get “bad”. Noted. So we fueled up, stocked up on take-away Cokes in lieu of water, and aimed down the valley.

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Above: After only a few km we come across this ominous marker. We later find out that a catholic priest was killed in this spot in the 1980s. Not a lot more info was forthcoming. We rode on.

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Above: The man’s portrait on a ceramic tile attached to the left side of the crucifix

If the track down to Parkati was meant to be the easy part, we knew we were in for some serious riding. Although clearly a road, it was not well maintained and had many washouts and billions of rolling, fist and softball sized rocks to contend with. Rideable, to be sure, but not remotely easy. Every fiber of muscle in our upper bodies remained taught, awaiting the next rock that would shoot the wheel unexpectedly to the side. We rode along a stunning, deep canyon edge and eventually sloped downward along the fall line to the bottom. The final approach to the riverbed below was quite steep, very rocky and increasingly hot. It was a serious workout, and we rested and snacked at the bottom to build strength for “the hard part” that was yet to come, sweat dripping and flies swarming around us.

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Above: The easier riding, making pretty good time

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Above: It really is a stunning bit of road

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Above: Rawlence begins the rattly final descent to the riverbed below

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Above: Cactus… yes, this is now becoming proper desert. I was just a speck making my way down the last hill.

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Above: Our rest point. Easy part over, time to get ready for the main event.

By now, it was past noon. We had descended into the heat, and needed to keep moving if we were going to get down there and out again before dark. We rode a bit further and came to the village. As we entered, we spooked a herd of camels that was wandering up the road and couldn’t easily get off due to the big stones on either side. One of the little guys fell and got stepped on by a big one, but he was up and running (if you can call what camels do “running”) in no time. I was relieved. I didn’t want to be negotiating payment for an injured dromedary with some Turkana guy in this heat. We proceeded down to the village proper. It was very picturesque. Everybody there was dressed in traditional garb, and the nest-like houses made of sticks and thatch sat huddled on either side of the road… or at least we thought it was the road. As we got going, I realized that the proper road probably went around the village. No matter, on we went. Out into the plains. Away from people. Away from life. Into the heat.

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Above: Very quickly, it got hotter and drier. There was no life apart from knee-high shrubs and head-high acacias, all leafless and dry as bones.

From Parkati, the road was smaller and rocky, but very ridable. I began to think we had been fed a line of baloney from the kid in Tuum. This wasn’t that hard. We were going to make it. Again, I spoke too soon. The heat was now rising from the stones and falling from the sky in equal measure, the few clouds that hung overhead gave the impression of coolness, but none of the reality. The track, while ridable, was taking a toll on our minds and muscles, and it was about to get worse. We crested a hill and in front of me lie a massive khaki-colored volcano frozen for millennia with a black flow of lava spilling like a massive tongue out of its ruptured side. That tongue had cooled into billions of black rolling stones and had been eroded into steep cliffs. The track was etched into the side of one of those cliffs. I crested the hill just in time to see Kolobus, a speck on the other side of the valley, grinding and spinning his way to the top. It was going to get heavy now.

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Above: Rawlence gets a view of what’s to come

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Above: Top right corner is the khaki volcano with the black tongue. We were riding on its million year old vomit

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Above: Kolobus attempts to breathe

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Above: The khaki volcano and a lone red bike

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Above: Kolobus climbs up the rubbly cliff side

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Above: I wait in the blistering heat for my turn to descend and climb up the other side. Don't let the clouds fool you, it was no cooler than 45 C out there.

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Above: Kolobus is a speck on the horizon

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Above: Group selfie. Foolishly thinking the worst was behind us…


To be continued...
Title: Day 4 - Lake Logipi continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 27, 2017, 08:05:33 am
From the top of the first wicked climb, we could see Lake Logipi. It was only one or two big valleys away. We were knackered. The length and roughness of the road, and the increasingly stifling heat were starting to take their toll, as was the calculus going on in my head that at the rate I was going, I’d be out of water in an hour or two… I had to conserve. We pressed on. Down one valley and over a slight shoulder we went. All of it was loose, fist and Nerf football sized stone. All of it was hot. There was no reprieve. We’d ride as far as we could, then stop, panting and swearing, ripping off our helmets to breathe better in the close air. Finally, we reached the bottom again where a few daum palms managed to survive. Lo and behold, human life was there. A rail-thin man in a pea-colored hat and shirt, toting an AK-47 emerged just as Kolobus collapsed off his bike into the sand. He and his two kids lived out there, only God knows how, tending their small herd of goats one ridge over from L. Logipi. We crashed in the sand for an eternity, trying to gather enough strength to continue. A weak drizzle fell on the stones and acted like a spoon of water in a dry sauna. Finally, Kolobus decides to walk over the next little hill. Reporting back, he said the lake was only one ridge away. We had to keep going. Apparently it was now too hot to be making good decisions.

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Above: Kolobus takes his dying selfie

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Above: My view of Kolobus’ dying selfie

The last thing I wanted was to put on my kit, but put it on I did and up the hill we went. At the top, a spectacular view came into focus. Lake Logipi, not even a lake at this stage in what is shaping up to be a brutal dry season, lay steaming in the bottom of the valley, encircling Cathedral Rock, a massive volcano core, like a mirror. On the horizon, crawling down the black volcanic plug that keeps Lake Turkana from spilling into the Suguta Valley, a raincloud hung in the heat. At this point, Rawlence looks at his Trail Tech temperature gauge: 122 F/ 50 C. I don’t recall the conversation about who should go first, but Rawlence drew the short straw. In 50 feet, fell over in the stones. I went next, making it about 50 feet farther before also falling in the stones. Barely able to drag the bike up on to its stand, I looked up at Kolobus who had wisely stayed put on the shoulder of the hill. His face mirrored my own: Abandon ship! It said. We’d come as far as we should. Reason had prevailed over bravado...

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Above: Kolobus crests the final ridge above Lake Logipi

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Above: Rawlence’s view from below. That ain’t gravel, folks

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Above: As far as I went. And now I’d have to get myself back up again.

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Above: But what a beautiful place to die.

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Above: Nothing about this picture shows how I felt. Mixture of elation, exhaustion, worry and dread… and sunburn… and heat, my god it was hot!

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Above: It was no small effort coming back up. Had we gone all the way to the bottom, one or all of us would be there still.

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Above: Kolobus helps pull Rawlence’s bike the last feet up the slope

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Above: It was an otherworldly place. The rainclouds made it all the more amazing, and eventually saved our bacon.

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Above: I badly wanted to see if that lakebed was firm enough to ride on… next time maybe.

To be continued...
Title: Day 4 - Lake Logipi continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 27, 2017, 08:06:40 am
Rawlence and I had finally fought our bikes back up to the top of the hill when the heavens opened and a proper, quenching rain hammered us, our bikes, our gear and the rocks around us. It hit hard enough to kill the oppressive heat just enough. We were soaked to the skin and thankful as dogs rescued from the pound. I still had to hike down to where my bike had been to collect my luggage, and when I got back up, the three of us just sat in the rain and watched it fall. Beautiful, forbidding, harsh place, Logipi. A Mars analogue if I ever saw one.

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Above: The rain man

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Above: Just leave me boys! Tell my wife and kids I love ‘em!

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Above: Some call me Gorgeous George, but I am completely, utterly, knackered...

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Above: Final, final shots. Lets get the hell out of here.

Our ordeal was not over. Although it was certainly true that the last 100 feet of road was the worst, hottest and most difficult, there were still several kilometers of road that under ordinary circumstances would be considered grueling. Since we’d left most of our energy in the form of heat out there on the stones, we were starting to make mistakes. Rawlence was having a hell of a go. He kept staling the BRP, and as all Pig fans know, this means you gotta kick start her back to life. Nothing doin’. He’d twisted his kicker ankle on the last fall, so I became his manual kickstarter. This meant I’d have to walk back down to him, kick the bike to life, ride it up to my bike, and proceed. Fortunately, it wasn’t necessary much because I was one kick away from either lighting the bike on fire or running screaming into the distance, never to be seen again. Eventually, we made it past the really loose stuff and had a brief powwow. The crux was: Lets get the hell out of here, back to Tuum, fall on the mercy of the Catholic mission there and beg for food, water and accommodation. Rawlence heard this and was off up the track, not to be seen for another hour. He rode like a man possessed!

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Above: Final shots looking back: Logipi and the khaki volcano

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Above: Descent into Khaki Volcano alley

Rawlence was gone, Kolobus and I coming on behind him. We were making good time. Something about wanting badly to get out of a place will do that to you. So we rattled right along. Then we got back to the village. Parkati. Something was off. Kolobus was just ahead of me and as he disappeared between the thatched walls of the village, some girls ran out and started gesturing animatedly to me to go around. So, I nodded and obliged, but now we were separated. What I saw up ahead took my heat-addled mind a second to comprehend. Some men were carrying a long ladder and attempting to rush toward the exit of the village. They were trying to block Kolobus from getting out. But because I was coming at them, they got confused, and he slipped by. At this point, two dozen angry people, mostly women, came pouring out of a community building/church thing, all shouting and brandishing fistfuls of stones and sticks. Still idling along, I looked at Kolobus and he looked at me. Then I made eye contact with a mean old lady with braided mohawk hairdo, beads from shoulders to neck, lump of tobacco in her jaw (no lip-plug though) and stones in her clenched fists. She didn’t seem to be in a mood for polite discussion so we turned and proceeded calmly but quickly toward the exit. Why were they furious? Dunno. Maybe we did maim their camel. Maybe in their minds stoning is a perfectly acceptable punishment for the offence of riding through the village. I don’t know. All I do know is it was bad diplomacy on their part and I ain’t gonna stop for no angry mob with stones and sticks when I’m on a goddam fire breathing XR650R and covered head to toe in riot gear! No sir, not this mzungu!

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Above: Back to the “easy stuff” at last… but wait, it’s rained…

If we were riding quickly before, our encounter in Parkati only added coal to the boiler. We were cruising now! Up the steep hill we flew, onward and upward. Eventually we caught up with Rawlence who had finally tested the grippiness of the wet red soil and found it lacking. That stuff was slick in spots, and he’d gone down like a sack of potatoes. We all needed a rest anyway. We were now in striking distance of Tuum, the mad villagers were far behind us (even if warriors mounted their swiftest camels, they’d be hours away from our current location) and it was considerably cooler than it had been down in Logipi. And moreover, what a day! We were starting to ride the high of our exhaustion, and it was great.

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Above: Rawlence’s enforced rest stop

Of course, elation from exhaustion is still exhaustion. At one point, the road takes a hard left, but appears it could go straight too… if you plough through a thicket of thorn trees. And that’s just what Kolobus did. I saw the tracks vanish into the shrubs, so I rode past, found a nice spot on the road and waited. In the distance I heard a bike roar, splutter, roar again, putter along, and stop at idle, followed by a semi-human howl of exhaustion and relief. I guessed he’d made it back to the road.

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Above: Kolobus back on track. Muppet! Look at your GPS!

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Above: Red soil, red bikes, red tires… almost out of there

Soon the red clay gave way to dark black mud, but it was tacky so we started to fly. Nyiro rose up, followed by Tuum. We roared into town, knocked at the mission, took off our boots and waited. Soon we were surrounded by kids, coffee was served, we were shown our rooms, cold showers were made available and we were invited to a feast. I’ve said a lot of unkind things about organized religion in my time, but it’s true that the humans inside the missions deep in the heart of Africa can really be saviors. Thanks Fathers, and feel free to pray for us sinning bikers.

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Above: The last of the riding, and a claustrophobic clutch of kids checking out Logipi pics at the mission.

We celebrated with a wee dram of rum before collapsing into our cots that night. It had been nearly 300km of some treacherous riding and we dreamed about it fitfully through the night.

Those dreams looked something like this:



Cheers and see you tomorrow!

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Slim Jim on April 27, 2017, 09:09:24 am
wow wow wow , that's adventure riding at it's best . :laughing4:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Rooi Wolf on April 27, 2017, 02:30:56 pm
 Epic scenery. Epic riding. And epic storytelling!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: KiLRoy on April 27, 2017, 04:03:30 pm
Awesome awesome awesome :thumleft:
Title: Day 5 - Tuum to Loiyangalani
Post by: Osadabwa on April 28, 2017, 09:58:20 am
We weren’t in a hurry to get out of bed. Our bodies were feeling the abuse from the day before. Still, we couldn’t exactly just hang out at the mission forever, so we put on our civvies and walked over for a nice breakfast with the Fathers. There we learned some of the recent history of this place, with Samburu chasing Turkana out, warriors sitting up on Nyiro and taking pot-shots at anyone that doesn’t look right to them (including one of the priests) and how that nasty horde of camel herders in Parkati did not choose that sunny spot themselves, but were chased there after they lost a fight. It’s dog eat dog out here, no joke.

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Above: Our humble and cosy digs at Tuum mission

After breakfast, we hit the road. And what a sweet road it was, too. From Tuum north is just a blast to ride. It’s winding, it’s sandy, its stony… it’s got a bit of everything, including daft ostriches that race you down the track. I followed this female for a kilometer, clocking her speed (50kph and throwing roost) and wondering if there was anything in that tiny brain at all. I even stopped to let her chill and was embarrassed for her when I saw her low-side on an off camber left-hander. I mean geez… aren’t they supposed to be evolutionally suited for this stuff? She’s got 2x2 wheel drive ffs. I digress.

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Above: Kolobus buzzes past Nyiro under a mercifully cloudy sky

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Above: That daft ostrich… seriously what a dumb creature

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Above: We hit the sandy section and twisted that throttle on!

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To be continued...
Title: Day 5 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 28, 2017, 10:07:22 am
Eventually the fun road rejoins the sand superhighway that services the wind farm and all the fun and remoteness is immediately sucked right out of the place. For those of you who have been here in the past, you wouldn’t recognize the place. When I struggled through here in 2004 (on a sad assed BMW F650 Dakar), the road was nothing better than a wide double track through the sand. From South Horr to Loiyangalani was just a windy, scrubby wasteland. Fast forward to today: That road makes you feel like you’re in Nevada or something and then you hit the wind farm. Acres and acres, no, miles and miles of access roads, fences, electric wires and hundreds (no exaggeration) of wind turbines. The magic of this place is well and truly gone. And while I am pleased they are turbines and not oil wells, and am aware of the hypocrisy of a mzungu lamenting infrastructure development in the developing world, I can’t help but think ‘there goes one more remote place on the planet’ and ‘how long before Starbucks arrives?’.

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Above: Lake Turkana Wind Power is almost online. They just need to hook them up to the grid and let the blades spin. It remains to be seen who will get the electricity of course… hii ni Kenya

Thankfully, after the wind farm, the road down to the lake looked more or less like it used to. There were more concrete patches than I remember and somebody had recently run a grader over the worst of the stones, but nobody can reasonably lament that, not even grumpy old me. And man, the heat and wind was the same as ever, like sitting under an enormous hair dryer in the sun. We stopped under a sad specimen of a tree to scarf some tinned fish and descended to the shore road where it took Kolobus a moment to realize he’d picked up the first puncture of the trip! Congrats mate, get wrenching!

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Above: When a friend is doing puncture repair, it’s important to help out… not literally of course… in my case, I helped out by admiring the lake while he repaired the flat.

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Above: I’ll give Kolobus one thing, he at least picked the one properly shady spot in all those stones

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Above: Lake Turkana will always be impressive, even when they do tar the road to Starbucks.

From before Tuum, I had been talking about one place in Loiyangalani that has a pool: The Oasis. I had been dreaming about soaking in it for days by now. The heat was killing me and I just wanted that pool! Well, no such luck. The Oasis Hotel – an institution in these parts – and the only place with a pool was in the process of cleaning theirs when we arrived. Even so, we nearly stayed there until we inspected the rooms and had a chat with the uninspiring staff. Rawlence summed it up: “I don’t want to give my money to the largest hotel in the town, owned by a bigshot who doesn’t even pay to keep food in the fridge or renovate the place. Lets go to the little mom and pop place instead.” So off to Malabo resort we went and we were glad we did. No, it wasn’t cooler there. No it wasn’t shadier, but the guys jumped to help out, the food was good, the rooms were much nicer and the beers were ice cold. Still, I’ve decided that the next time I go to the north, I’m not going to stay in Loiyangalani at all!

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Above: Me telling the Oasis what I think about their place and their empty ass pool. Pick up your game, Oasis. And Kolobus on Main Street.

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Above: A quick stop at the “Cold Drinks Hotel” for warm drinks and way too much beans and chapatti. After that, no matter what, we couldn’t quench our thirst!

While in Loiyangilani, Rawlence feverishly worked on sorting out our next ambitious plan.

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Title: Day 6 - Loiyangalani to Eliye Springs over Lake Turkana
Post by: Osadabwa on April 28, 2017, 12:16:31 pm
Frankly, we couldn’t wait to get out of Loiyangalani. The heat was just too much. It seemed our bodies hadn’t recovered at all from the Logipi experience as a result, so we were desperate to move on. Rawlence had quizzed everybody at the hotel about the best way to get to Moite, a fishing village on the East side of the lake, and we had memorized a hand-drawn map that one knowledgeable guy drew for us. We just had to blast out of town the usual way, North toward Gas, past the concrete slab and hang a left. Lets bloody do it!

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Above: Leaving Loiyangalani is a rip at first

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Above: We were increasingly seeing signs of serious drought in the quantity of dead animals around. This camel hadn’t been dead more than a few hours, the one in front maybe a day.

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Above: 20km North of town, we got to the big concrete slab and started looking in vain for our junction

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Above: Eventually it became clear we’d misunderstood our instructions, and we confirmed it with a boda guy roadside in the rough section of the road.

Nothing is more painful than having to backtrack, but backtrack we did. Why? Because in our previous Turkana trip, some interpersonal foibles led us to forgo good riding simply because we didn’t have the heart to say: NO, dammit, we are going back to do what we said we were doing! So, heavy of heart and open of throttle, we blasted back Lakeside to find our missing track… and I promptly got a puncture as a result. Those damn stones are sharp, man! Kolobus helped me repair my puncture (psychopathically of course) and a half dozen kids, an armed man and several teens watched as well. Thankfully nobody gave me any advice.

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Above: Shady spot for a puncture repair… with good friends on hand to lend support

In no time we found the proper track and we were laughing again. What a gem! This track doesn’t even show up on Google Earth as a faint scratch on the landscape. The usual road up the Lake goes near the shore, and by all accounts is a deep sand and stone sprinkled mess from truck traffic. On the other hand, the upper road was new, winding, sandy and fast as hell. But don’t be fooled, you had to be on your game for this section boy, as Rawlence found out on a blind uphill off camber right hander. I’d come over that crest and nearly lost it, Kolobus came over and nearly did the same… Rawlence was third time unlucky and went onto the shoulder and into a heap. No harm done, but it was a stark reminder of the laws of physics.

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Above: Rawlence drifts a fesh sprinkled corner

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Above: In case it hasn’t been made clear, I reckon the XR650s are the best bikes for this amazing place (And if my BRP loving brethren are reading, it’s time to acknowledge that, in the right hands, the XR650L is an amazing tool a long trip like this. That E-button is worth the bike’s weight in gold, and she keeps up just fine thank you very much. The R will kill the L in a race, but the L might beat her on a cross-continental tour… if the rider is sensible and doesn’t go ape.)

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Above: The XR650L… she ain’t the purdiest, but she does the job like a boss

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Above: A rare spot of shade on a very common pebble riverbed

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Above: Right – The three lines… Mine in the middle (pretty damn good, but just about deadly), Kolobus’ on the Left (nearly off the edge), Rawlence on the inside (too tight! Brake! right off the side).

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Above: So much fun…

Have a gander at the video:


To be continued...  :snorting:

Title: Day 6 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 28, 2017, 12:20:52 pm
I practically came into Moite sideways. By the time we reached the village, I was essentially going flat out. Way too much fun, and I didn’t want to stop, but now it was time to get serious. We intended to hire a boat to cross 600kg of motorcycle and 250kg of human across to the other side of Lake Turkana. We rode down to the shore, but nobody was there. So while Kolobus and I sat by the bikes, Rawlence went back up to the village to sort out our ride. Of course he had to visit the local Police post to explain our presence and be regaled with tales of drought and banditry. He was gone an hour. Kolobus and I were getting tired of the small herd of kids that was just sitting there staring at us, so we asked them if they knew any songs. Pretty soon, we had our own dance troupe going. Gotta be creative.

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Above: Arrival at Moite boat launch… but where’s the boat?

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Above: This boat looks the part, but had serious buoyancy issues by the looks of it (slats missing in the bow)

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Above: Our afternoon’s entertainment… better than just being stared at

Rawlence pitches up eventually with good news. He’s organized the boat and it’ll be here soon. I was sick of sitting still, and thirsty as hell, so Kolobus and I rode into the village for a very warm Coke at the duka where some serious old Turkana ladies (still no lip plugs) tried to sell us some cool Geodes and one bored policeman from fertile Luoland told me how miserable living in this place is. Cokes finished, Kolobus and I went back down to the beach to explore a bit, leaving Rawlence (who said he was exhausted and didn’t want to go) sat in the sand to wait. It was a blast. We ditched our kit and just enjoyed the easy riding, compact sand. We rode out to the local Cape and watched eagerly as our boat slowly came into view, munching peanuts and thinking deep thoughts.

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Above: The place is dry… even goat carcasses were everywhere… here I thought goats were immortal thanks to an agreement they made with the devil

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Above: A very cool spot… a tiny sliver of sand juts into the lake and points at our destination on the other side

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Above: Your bikes would be jealous of this pic

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Above: We followed the boat back to where Rawlence was waiting, but didn’t fancy arriving early, so we parked up under a palm and watched the waves a bit (little did we know, Rawlence was in the midst of a very annoying discussion over where he was… something about who would pay what for lifting the bikes into the boat, etc. In our defense, I doubt our presence would have assisted! Sorry Rawlence!)

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Above: That, my friends, is the skullcap of a mud fish over my face… nope nope nope

To be continued...  :snorting:

Title: Day 6 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 28, 2017, 12:27:23 pm
The boat arrived and things happened quickly. One by one, we pushed our bikes through shin-deep water to the boatside then stood back as a group of sinewy men with a flurry of syllables lifted each over the gunwales. It was remarkably drama-free, and before we knew it we were perched in the back of the boat next to our twenty-something captain and being pushed out to sea. At first, it felt like the boat would capsize, but once we got moving, we all settled in and enjoyed a brilliant 2 hour ride across the lake, stopping at one point to have a much needed swim. It was a highlight of the day!

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Above: Not everybody there was helpful, but enough were to make the job go quickly

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Above: Note the girl in the foreground… we learned that beads on young girls like that means they’re promised to a man… sigh, what is she, eight? ten?

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Above: O captain, our captain!... and his 15 horse motor

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Above: The three bike ferry

The boat ride was lovely until the western shore became visible. Then it seemed to linger there, without getting closer, for days. From the port side of our little vessel we could see sand blowing hard from the shore out onto the Lake, carrying with it some larger than usual waves. The sun was setting, and I just wanted to be ashore already! At last, we arrived and we all started grabbing gear and ferrying it to the shore, only to find out that we’d landed half a kilometer off course. So, we loaded up the gear and puttered down the last leg of the journey where the palms of the Eliye Springs Lodge waited for us. While the sun sat, we hammered a couple of very cold beers and recapped the day. It was brilliant, so nice that by 9:45 your narrator was fast asleep in his bed.

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Above: Almost there...

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Above: The bikes came off the boat 10 meters from shore. Kolobus could ride his over, but kickstarting a Pig in deep water in bare feet was not gonna happen for me and Rawlence

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Above: Sunset over Lake Turkana… the hills in the distance are Moite. Somewhere out there, our little boat was making the return journey and would arrive in the dark. This place ain’t for sissies.

Tomorrow, we rest. At last, we rest.

But first, here's the video of the crossing:


 :snorting:


Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Dustman on April 28, 2017, 01:56:23 pm
Wow......this is epic!......................... that's all i can say. :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: exkdx on April 28, 2017, 09:43:04 pm
Awesome stuff!
Real adventure  bike riding :biggrin:
Gets my vote for "roll of honour" status :ricky:
Title: Day 7 - Eliye Springs rest day
Post by: Osadabwa on April 29, 2017, 06:50:44 am
I wish I could say I slept well, but with the heat, I just couldn’t. The hut was awesome, posh even with its Turkana hut looking design incorporating wooden floors and a full bath, but there was no breeze and it was like being baked in a scone. The sunrise was amazing though.

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My original plan for the day at Eliye was to ride sand dunes. Do you think I even so much as looked at the bike? Hell no! It was hot (it’s becoming a theme, isn’t it) and we were far more interested in morning beers and chilling out. I did repair my puncture, but it wasn’t looking good. There were 3 acacia thorns in the tube plus the offending puncture which was actually a patch that had given up the ghost. Patching over where a patch once was… I didn’t like it. But, what to do? Take a nap and go for an afternoon swim is what!

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That evening, we sat up drinking a unique-to-the-world liquor called D&G which is made from daum palm seeds and sold exclusively at the lodge. The owner, Rolf, kept us entertained with stories of trial and tribulation in Turkana, and warned us against taking some of the tracks I hoped we could use going back toward Nairobi. With elections plus drought plus the usual banditry and cattle rustling, we were strongly advised to just hit the main road. “Don’t worry though,” said Rawlence, “it ain’t tar!”.

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Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: McSack on April 30, 2017, 08:02:44 am
Wow. Awesome ride.

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Title: Day 8 - Eliye Springs South, the marathon to Iten
Post by: Osadabwa on May 02, 2017, 08:14:45 am
Okay. Back to it.

Up early, we were determined to get going before 9. After a swim in the lake at dawn (oh, what a joy after another sweaty night) we packed up, scarfed down breakfast and hit the road. To Lodwar from Eliye was excellent. Sandy doubletracks all the way. Me and the boys hardly paused, just blasted it. In no time we were looking for fuel in Lodwar for what was going to be a very long day.

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Above: Apparently Lodwar has its very own Jesus the Redeemer

At the lodge, we were told there might be a petrol shortage due to the long Easter Holiday draining the reserves, and sure enough that’s what we found. We rolled into the station and there was a long queue of men, some carrying 1 liter bottles, many on bodabodas, all waiting to be served a ration of fuel. I thought we were stuffed. Rawlence went to try his hand at bribing the pump guy when out of nowhere the owner invited Kolobus to cut in and take as much as we need. His argument was that we were going far and needed the fuel, these local guys could wait. Nobody made much of a fuss, we fueled up and off we went, relieved.

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Above: Petrol station hubbub

Here's some video of the ride and the petrol station stuff...



Rawlence was right… there’s nothing tarred about the Lodwar road! I rode a matatu on this thing in 1998 and I think I remember it being mostly tar… well forget it. Truth is, for many kilometers it was a lot of fun. Trucks, sick of riding one tire on the broken asphalt and one on the edge, had made a maze of parallel tracks that were a blast to follow. Eventually, though, corrugations and rough surfaces replaced the sand and the hammering was ceaseless. Rawlence got a puncture at some point, and both of us started noticing that our steering bearings were going. As we approached Kainuk, the road became sinister as well… it was bandit territory and we’d been warned that it was just a matter of luck whether you were hit. It was desolate there, eerie despite being in the middle of the day in the full sunshine. We rolled into Kainuk without incident, however, and, pleased to see that there was no political activity going on in town, we stopped and had a Coke.

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Above: The only features of note on this leg of the journey: broken roads, wide horizons, the occasional craggy rock outcrop and very tall, pointy termite mounds. Those termites really gave it their best out there.

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Above: Rawlence gets puncture number two

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Above: I decided to lend a hand this time…

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Above: Kainuk. One week after passing through, friends report being turned around North of Kainuk by a crew of bandits in the act of looting a lorry. Back in Kainuk town, however, they found political nonsense kicking off… fun times in Pokot land.

To be continued...







Title: Day 8 - Continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on May 02, 2017, 08:27:51 am
Just south of Kainuk, a wonderful track crawls along under the escarpment east of Marich Pass toward Tot. It was a great ride. The Pokot seem to understand the value of mature trees which towered over the road and stood high on the hills. There was a lot going on, roadside. Many people moving up and down. Finally, after hoping against hope that the low pressure I was noticing in my front tire would go away (you know, by magic), I succumbed to my second puncture of the trip. A political rally was in full swing near the tree I chose to shelter under, but everyone was in good spirits and paid us no mind. This was good, but it was clear tensions were high. We passed two fully armed military units on that little dirt road, one of which was accompanied by a larger than average troop carrier. We slowed waaay down and waved politely…

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Above: The bridge South of Kainuk

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Above: Track East of Marich Pass

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Above: Yes, that makes two… probably happened when I hit a series of speedbumps at full speed coming into Kainuk… or it might just have been bad luck.

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The road was amazing, the views vast, but the speeds had to be kept under control. There were many bends and hundreds of people on the road. It was getting late in the afternoon already and when we pulled into Tot, it was time to assess our options. We wrongly assumed we were 60km from Baringo and a nice guest house. Nope. 150km was more like it. Just as this news was setting in, it started to rain. Things were looking bleak. A woman said that taking one of the roads out of Tot was inadvisable due to a group of warriors killing each other down there… “if you listen, you’ll hear the gunshots”. But then a lightbulb went on and she gave Rawlence the best idea of the day: Head along down the Kerio River valley some more then climb up the escarpment and overnight in Iten. Deal done, water packed, blaaaaap! We didn’t even wait for it to quit raining.

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Kolobus and I were racing daylight, and it took us awhile to notice that Rawlence was nowhere to be seen. Damn. Probably another puncture. It’s nearly dusk now, and by the time we turned back we had agreed we would find Rawlence, patch up his tube and beg a schoolteacher to let us pitch tents in the school yard. Fortunately for us, Rawlence didn’t have a pinch… he was waiting at the turnoff we blew past like a couple of dorks. Chesongoch was the turnoff to Chesoi, and once we were on it, we were in for a treat. The dirt road climbed and twisted up the mountain, affording brilliant views of the Kerio Valley below and leaving the bellicose Pokot behind in favor of the peace-loving Nandi. Eventually, the dirt turned to a narrow, fresh tar road which was brilliant after 400km of pounding dirt. I was playing supermoto boy, leaning hard into every turn and hammering brakes on descents until I boiled my Dot 4 and had to settle into a sensible rhythm.

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Above: Kolobus and I wait for Rawlence, contemplating plan B

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Above: Up the hill we go, what a beautiful road

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Above: The winding dirt turned to tar and we made great time, gaining altitude

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Above: Me pretending I’m on a supermoto… the tires felt like they were glued to the tar after all that rough stuff

We rode an hour in the dark to Iten after pausing to devour a hunk of biltong Kolobus had made, cutting it to pieces with my big Masai Kisu, much to the delight and mild consternation of the looky-loos. Rawlence’s headlight was laughable, so he piggy-backed off of mine and Kolobus’ down the slow dirt track. All the while, a massive thunderstorm hammered away in the distance, throwing so much lightning that it looked like a movie played in fast forward. In Iten, we were in for a treat: The Kerio View Hotel turned out to be an awesome old-school wooden lodge with nice rooms, cool air and colder beers. We hammered a pepper steak each and sat by a fireplace so big you could literally (and I don’t abuse that word), literally barbeque a whole steer in it.


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Above: Arrival at the Kerio View… aaaah

That night, for the first time in a week, we slept like the dead. Cool air, hallelujah!

Here's a bit of video of the road from Lodwar past Kainuk to the rains in Tot:















Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: frankmac on May 02, 2017, 08:36:12 am
Great stuff!

Those Pokots and Turkana don't take crap. When I was in the Lokichar area druing 2012, the locals led a bunch of tribal police into an ambush and killed 45 of them.
Title: Turkana and Pokot
Post by: Osadabwa on May 02, 2017, 10:16:55 am
Yeah, frankmac, they are some seriously tough nuts. That's why we just kept that throttle open around Lokichar and Kainuk... we were not interested in testing their marksmanship. For what it's worth, I feel like bikes afford you a bit of leeway with baddies of all sorts. Sure, we're exposed, but we're also faster than 4x4s and perceived to be less lucrative quarry... at least that's what I tell myself.
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: frankmac on May 02, 2017, 10:20:34 am
 :thumleft:

That said, in the same area some locals in a 4 x 4 were also robbed of their belongings but fairly close to a military outpost. We all suspected it was a couple of rogue soldiers
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: keithk on May 02, 2017, 11:11:13 am
Huge "kudo's" guys this is an amazing cool adventure super RR and pics . Respect and thank you for sharing  :thumleft:

Title: Day 9 - Iten to Nyahururu via the Baringo/Bogoria basin
Post by: Osadabwa on May 02, 2017, 11:19:11 am
Despite our best efforts, none of us could sleep past 6:30. I blame my small children for ruining my ability to sleep in, but it could just as well be the various aches and pains I’ve begun to cultivate as I mature. Hey, at least I still got a strong stream of pee. Anyway, the early morning views off the cliffside down into the Kerio Valley were worth it. Absolutely stunning. Add a cup of real Kenyan coffee, and it became one of the best mornings of the trip.

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Above: Views down valley from the Kerio View Hotel

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Above: Okay, that’s a creepy bas relief and one might be concerned about the leg decorating the side of the lodge if you didn’t know that Iten is Kenya’s premier long-distance runner training ground. Some combo of altitude and mystique keep the elite runners and coaches coming back.

We had options to consider over breakfast. Should we hit the twisty tar to Baringo and ride around there a bit in the afternoon, crashing in Bogoria at a posh spa for our last night or should we explore this funky highland environment a bit in the morning and bee-line it for the spa? No contest, we took option B. The cool air and extreme topography was too appealing after all that sweltering desert flatland. We set off down farm roads in search of a wee dirt switchbacked descent to the valley, stopping occasionally to admire the view and eventually pulling in for a nice cuppa tea at another resort where I promptly realized I had another puncture. Dammit.

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Above: Yes, that’s three.

I’m a quick puncture fixer, if I do say so myself, but I don’t relish the job anymore than anyone else, so I may have cussed a little bit when, less than half a kilometer after our tea stop and puncture fix, I was wobbling off to the side of the road to repair another one! Unlike the others I’d had on the trip, which were to do with patches giving up the ghost, this one was a direct result of a wicked pinch and odd circumstances. We’d just turned onto the road and I couldn’t have been in 3rd gear yet when a stone (one of many gray, loose, sharp ones that keep the road from turning into a red clay quagmire) bucked me sideways. As soon as I landed, I was completely flat. The tube revealed a nasty snakebite pinch that no patch would remedy. Later, I’d find out it was worse than I thought.

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Above: My fourth puncture of the ride… I win the prize!

To be continued... :snorting:
Title: Day 9 - Continued
Post by: Osadabwa on May 02, 2017, 11:30:17 am
An hour gone from tire repair, we were keen to ride the descent track down to the valley. I was navigating (poorly, it must be said) by stopping to check out my phone’s slow Google Maps and finally found the road. It was surprisingly wide and well maintained. Turns out it services the Kenya Fluorspar mine (fluorspar, of course being a mineral used in industry… Google it yourselves). Although there were definitely some open pits that weren’t very nice to look at, the rest of the ride was beautiful. The Kerio Valley here is dense with acacias and the road hugged the foot of the escarpment nicely, kicking us out eventually on the tar (I missed the track I wanted which would have kept us on dirt longer, but it ended up being for the best as we were burning daylight).

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Above: On the Fluorspar road

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Above: In the Fluorspar mines

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Above: The Kerio Valley up close

If I’m honest, I didn’t enjoy the riding down in the valley much. I was paranoid about getting yet another puncture, so I was riding like a granny. The tar stretch through Kabarnet and Marigat wasn’t thrilling either, for guys who prefer dirt, but it certainly was scenic. Part of the reason for the nice scenery, though, was the quality of light which had yellowed as the late afternoon set in. At the petrol station in Marigat, we changed our minds on Plan B and developed Plan C: Skip the Bogoria Spa nonsense, lets see if we can get to Nyahrururu offroad before dark. I had a few tracks, or snips of tracks and the petrol station guys confirmed the road, so we went for it. And as soon as we did, I got my mojo back. It was a blast! The track was fast, challenging and beautiful, starting down in the gap between Baringo and Bogoria before climbing a loose section up the hillside to give us brilliant views back down.


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Above: Working on plan C, climbing up above and between the lakes

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Above: The evening light and amazing riding had a curious effect on my throttle hand… braaaap!

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Above: Kolobus making dust

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Above: Rawlence rides the rubble

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Above: An amazing viewpoint after the climb

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At the viewpoint, we confirmed we were on the right track to Nyahururu and just twisted it on. I followed Rawlence and Kolobus full speed through villages and farms until we hit the tar and blasted through the golden afternoon light (complete with rainbow) to town. While checking into the Falls Hotel, I had a look at my rear tire and found a little reminder of the rock that took me out earlier on the escarpment. Whatever it was must have been purpose built to attack tires. It had slashed the sidewall AND the nearest lug, pinching my tube in two places in the process. The Gods must have been angry with me (no shocker there). I was grateful I didn’t notice earlier, or I wouldn’t have enjoyed my afternoon so much. What a thrill!

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Above: An evening sunset and the slash that could have ended the ride

We had a fire built in Rawlence’s room and sat around trying not to admit that the next day would be the end of the ride. Exhaustion overtook us before the show could get too melancholy, and we called it a night with a snort of Black Label to ease us off to Dreamland.

Tomorrow, home.

For now, how about one last little video:


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Title: Day 10 - Nyahururu to Nairobi, the Breakfast Run Home
Post by: Osadabwa on May 02, 2017, 11:40:15 am
Up. Breakfast. Pack. Beautiful light and cool air, but nobody really eager to move. We’ve gone all out on this ride, been to some pretty wild, remote and wonderful places. Going home is always difficult. This time it was a chore.

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Above: Some "art" at the falls hotel

Kenya is developing quickly, unequally, but quickly. The fertile areas of the country, where we now were, are very built up with access roads being tarred every year. The prospects for excellent riding were few, so the plan had to be to enjoy the show and cruise home in style. So after a group shot in the early light, we set off.

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Above: A damn good trio

I’d made a little track past Lake Olbolosat, but getting down to it proved more tricky than we expected. Then, for some reason there were a couple of cops at the turnoff, so we decided to wave and give it a miss altogether. This was okay though because we ended up following farm tracks high up a hillside that dead-ended at the Aberdares forest. Not able to get through there, we backtracked a bit until we found a good road that took us high above it all, affording lovely views down on the fields and farms and distant Lake Naivasha.

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Above: It’s breezy and cool, nice cedar posts still hangin on after years of service.


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Above: The road took us up to the Aberdares Park turnoff at some point

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Above: Kolobus may have been demonstrating his sore hand, or doing his best naughty kitty impression. You decide.

After a nice break atop the hill, we decided to start wrapping thing sup. There were only a couple of hours left to Nairobi and most of that would be fast, traffic choked tar, so we decided to stop at the viewpoint petrol station, have a bite to eat, and get it over with. I was now conscious of the gash in my tire and both Rawlence and I were suffering from badly notched steering bearings, so it was time. As we washed down our pizza with a surprisingly good cup of joe at the petrol station, we kicked around the best moments of the trip… and began planning for next time.

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Above: Parting shot, down the hill, onward to home.

As we always say, the ride ain’t over til you’re home, and never before has it been more true. I got within half a kilometer of my exit off Wayaki Way and started noticing a weave in my hips… the rear tube had gone again. Absolutely NOT interested in fixing it roadside, I just waived Kolobus goodbye and limped home. Meanwhile on the other side of town, Rawlence noticed a hop in his rear as well and was surprised to find several large bulbous protrusions mushrooming out of his non-DID approved enduro tire. He was moments away from a proper blowout when he puttered through his gate. Africa’s tough on gear, but man is she ever the place to use it!

Until next time fellas, Oink!
 
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Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: ROOI on May 02, 2017, 01:53:39 pm
Great report as always thanks for taking the time to share  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: bud500 on May 02, 2017, 03:12:17 pm
Yes man!
What a ride.
Thanks for the effort of sharing.
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: pietas on May 02, 2017, 03:15:06 pm
A fantastic trip. Thank you for sharing it with us  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: big oil on May 04, 2017, 05:49:40 pm
Awesome pics + videos + maps of your route + your writing style = Brilliant Ride Report. 

Thanks for sharing :headbang: :hello2:
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Xpat on May 04, 2017, 06:51:52 pm
Great ride  :thumleft:

Actually, very annoying ... makes riding we have down here look desperately inadequate  >:(
Title: Re: 2017 04 - Three XRs do 2000 km of Kenya's Best
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on March 19, 2018, 10:18:51 pm
ROH stuff...
thanks, made my evening, once again  :)