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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Osadabwa on January 13, 2018, 06:33:07 am

Title: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on January 13, 2018, 06:33:07 am
Happy New Year, Bikers!  :snorting:

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It’s a New Year, and in Kenya the Pigs are on the move! Over lunch, Panic and were talking about biking, as is our wont, and how it would be good to get in a nice 4-day trip sometime in the next couple of weeks. But before that, we decided we’d better go down into the ol’ Rift Valley to check out the goings on.

The Chinese railway is making a lot of new roads in what used to be wide expanses of bush. It’s ugly, but some of the roads are kind of fun to ride, so we decided to go explore. We found a serious construction site in progress, and for whatever reason, were allowed by the local askari to ride right through the middle of it. It must be the bikes. Anyway, it’s all pretty impressive and sad, knowing how horribly expensive it is and how little chance there is (think, snowball in hell) that it’ll ever pay for itself let alone turn a profit. Say it with me folks: corruption kills.

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Above: Atop one of the SGR tunnels looking back up the valley that just a year ago was only bush
Anyway, we ogled the railway and then hit the pipeline down to Ewaso Kedong for our customary tea and mandazi. It was fun picking our way over the babyheads, and there had been rain so there were some interesting puddles to be negotiated as well.

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Above: Heading over to Ewaso Kedong for a spot of tea… not taking the direct route

After tea, we decided to keep the challenges coming, and aimed for babyhead hill, a rather tricky bit of track that is good training in case we end up going to the far North in the coming year. The rocks I encountered in Logipi (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/E9aBQvdqgf9RO9GIARAz8PymA8ZdH6DtSMWZHoVMWGJCDpZBwCQ1SmhUWGPQQOQubG9k7kl4sSfmUCOOfStVcqFt2VAikPHHd6rzJTZm1uPYoT9L9R2xpZvg6bE5R4eFHmFk_JDamdEFY47ZskPG1G-t5pcnbjO-1nMUqyXB6hSEOzNI-57H2gbqkjMcPa7z3W46723jvOrDwDhtoalfv3Lfb3nMaostAbNVCn8psWYSh7fEpqZ9hO_wZqL41EACswbYJ-bmD9gE0UKtJ73TqrQoi4v7OUoX3lkZD4kC9lqSbnegN2VIHhpOcwnMTLhbOu03dQa9GFkzED1Wxvonqx4z4g9FN_Rgz8nfKWgbPx1MV6V6gRMKJiQv7T9I40UndU2Yw0_iTxstQ5z6ulrGFiB-l1RX2zQMRLr5nt8Vc1cM5lr0Za3MK2vCbnz5JRKdki-whIsWIWZ--DQaY2rP7F5d74Bsu8CY4ITd_BX_ikW-_9taeSS84NzH3JEfz5tZTrKdp0zvY5c7pkrtKwLZW12b5hW4GIT_HiK34epnkcqREr4zWaK3SntvctgSuQefJQRL2hk023tie0J1utyqAYbpEggZVSuH25bYCxdI_am7gKwQHC6DgmgfyZRcAvSXKZpAyICYRCWQN-mQEtFORPaacCNGEetx=w1200-h800-no) are similar, and practicing riding them is what I had in mind (in case I get back up there). We slid around on the main track awhile in new mud, blasted like maniacs on the dry road, and pulled off down toward babyhead hill when I looked to the right and said to myself: Hey, that looks like a road.

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Above: Leaving Ewaso was muddy… pretty rare lately

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Above: Those are the tracks of a guy (me) who nearly saw his ass

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Above: Panic ripping up a drier section of road

To be continued...
Title: New Year New Valley - Continued
Post by: Osadabwa on January 13, 2018, 06:34:14 am
... continued

The new road we discovered was stony and basic, a bulldozer track that had been driven on a few times recently. It descended into a valley we had never explored before which had some very high and steep cliffside views. Of course, the road is primarily used by our asshole friends the charcoal burners who had been up to their usual crap, cutting down what’s left of the bush for a few bucks. We kept saying: This place looks beautiful… for now. For now there are still a few mature trees.

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Above: Posing with a big pile of ready bagged charcoal ready to be driven to Nairobi

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Above: Charcoal being prepared… the asshole doing it must be slinking around nearby

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Above: Never been in this section before, and it was beautiful. Not quite unspoiled, but less spoiled.

We were in uncharted territory and looking for a way either up or down the valley. First, we tried going up, where a tantalizing bit of road could be seen in the distance, but there was a stream of muddy water where the track looked to be. Next, we went down, but it eventually turned to impassable bush. We stopped for a quick bite to eat then retraced our steps a bit and stumbled upon the right track.

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Above: First turn around…

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Above: A nice lunch spot – check the overhanging shade tree

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Above: Finally, on the right track

The track was on a shoulder within the valley but eventually switchbacked its way down to the valley floor where the same muddy river was flowing steadily along what appeared to be the road. We explored it a while but finally gave up, not keen to drown the bikes in a hidden muckhole. As we were about to bail out, we bumped into a guy who insisted there was a road and gave us some landmarks to look for. We tried again and were rewarded. The road cut through the bush away from the river, crossing back and forth but tending down toward the Najile-Oltepesi road.

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Above: A nice little spot. Tall trees are so damn rare. I hate charcoal burners.

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Above: On another day, that would probably be the road of choice

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Above: We finally got on track, but still had to cross the dirty river in spots

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Above: A pipe of crystal-clear water empties into the muddy stream… nice place to cool off… I suppose it’s supposed to continue onwards but you know, here in Kenya we’re not big on maintenance

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Above: Another pipe of fresh water for irrigation… if somebody hooks it up.

The track eventually came roaring out onto the Najile-Oltepesi road which we blasted. A quick stop for a coldish Krest at a roadside duka and we were refreshed for the ride back. New year, new tracks. Lets hope we can keep that up!

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Heimer on January 13, 2018, 09:11:07 am
Nice riding but fuck the Chinese for their contribution
Title: Railroad blues
Post by: Osadabwa on January 13, 2018, 11:18:58 am
Yeah, I tend to agree that the Chinese are not in Africa for the right reasons, but then who is? Anyone out here is looking to profit off of it someway. Also, that railroad shouldn't have been built at all and the decision to do it was made 100% by Kenyans (who were advised against it by the World Bank if you can believe it). The 100-year-old railway that the Brits built and the Kenyans let fall apart since Independence could have and should have been refurbished (or maybe it shouldn't have fallen into complete disrepair... which makes you wonder what the lifespan of the new train will be), but that would be harder to profit from and wouldn't be sexy. So the cats hatched a plan: they had the new RR route drawn up, then they had their cronies go out and buy up the nearly worthless land in the RR's path. Then when the RR construction began, they sold their plots back to the government right of way for a nice little profit. Clever eh? So again... the Chinese may be opportunistic, but who are the real assholes here?
Title: 2018 01 - Four XR650Rs to Nguruman and Mau Escarpment
Post by: Osadabwa on January 29, 2018, 11:24:07 am
Day 1 of 4

Out of the six XR650R riders in our crew, an astonishing two-thirds were able to commit to a four-day ride! That’s stupendous mathematics for Kenya, and we had a plan to make the best of the time. We would shoot for a little variety – a combination of desert and mountain taking us down into the Rift Valley and up to the Loita Hills before cutting over the Mau Escarpment to Navasha and home.

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Above: The crew: Frooger, me, Panic and Rawlence

We dropped in at our usual spot, hopped down below the Ngong hills, split up past Saikeri to Najile for petrol and a quick, blood-warm soda. The day was young and we had many miles to go.

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Above: Panic and Rawlence at the Najile petrol station

From Najile, the plan was to hit the dusty track under the flank of Mt Suswa that connects with Mosiro. The valley was bone-dry and the track alternated between squirrely, rolling volcanic rock and sand, punctuated nicely with the occasional pot of fesh-fesh. The farther West you ride, the more dense the bush, and we spooked ostrich and the occasional gazelle along the way.

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To be continued...
Title: Day 1 Continued
Post by: Osadabwa on January 29, 2018, 11:38:10 am
After our Coke stop in Mosiro, the difficulty and the temperature both began to climb. It’s a track Panic and I know well, but Frogger and Rawlence were unaware what awaited. The first bit is fast, excellent stuff, slip-sliding hard-pack and round edged washouts, but after we paused for lunch, the story changed. It was first and second-gear riding over a bulldozer track through the bush over the volcanic stones. By now it must have been 45 degrees and everyone was feeling it. Frogger, though complaining ceaselessly about the heat, hopped around like a sprite while the rest of us ground along steadily. Whenever someone whinged too much, Panic would declare: You think this is tough? I did it on my Tenere! And he did, too: HERE (http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/bmw-f800-adventure-yamaha-660-tenere-%C2%96-bush-test-kenya.1068028/).

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Above: Lunch spot in the "shade"

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Definitely Frogger handles the tricky stuff the best of all of us. He’s not much bigger than a mid-sized hunting dog and twice as wiry. His scrawny, bowed legs grip the bike like a baby monkey grips his momma, and standing at full height on the pegs he perches behind the cockpit of the bike in a very relaxed position. We’re all jealous, but it occasionally haunts him… when he has to kickstart the bike on a side-hill for example.

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The heat was taking its toll, so I waited like a good guy to see that Rawlence made it past a tricky little sandy river crossing with a steep escape. He cleared it easily, so I set off up the trail but waiting in ambush was my good buddy Panic, throttle full open, front brake pulled, roosting a spray of stones and sand at me that hit with astonishing force and accuracy. As far as roosts go, this one was top-notch, and made deadlier as I had not yet put my helmet’s screen back down yet and was forced to stop, (nearly toppling over) hide my face and just wait for my punishment to end. Panic claimed it was payback from a roost I’d given them earlier (of which I of course have no recollection...).

There was one really loose rocky riverbed crossing to go before we hit the open plains and could blast our way to a cold(ish) beer in Nguruman. Three of us made it, but Rawlence bit the dust at the top. I hiked back to give him a hand in exchange for taking a pic of him in his moment of dismay. Can I help it if I’m a quick draw with the camera? I went down twice that day with witnesses, but there’s no evidence. Walking less than 100 feet up and down a rocky hill in the heat was enough for me. When we hit the plains, we opened up and never looked back.

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In Nguruman we confirmed with our man Molilo that tomorrow he would open the gate to the road leading up to the Loitas. I met him a year ago and he assured me that bikes could and do pass often, as well as trucks and 4x4s, and that he was the man who held the key to the gate at the bottom. For a modest access fee, we would be welcomed. While we sipped beers in Nguruman, he reiterated this. We left the bar in high spirits and zipped down to the Ewasso Nyiro river (Muddy River) to our favorite campsite.

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We buzzed through the horribly dusty approach to the campsite, a place Panic and I have come several times. You ride down a steep decline to a sand bank with round river stones everywhere. It’s a lovely place to camp with the muddy river lazily meandering around you down through a shady tunnel of river trees.

*ATTENTION * AVISO * ACHTUNG* The following events happened exactly as I narrate. Do not let Rawlence tell you otherwise.

I was first down the bank, followed by Panic and Frogger. The three of us had cut our engines, removed our helmets and were talking about where to set up the tents and how to arrange the bikes. Rawlence, meanwhile, is still on the bike, churning up sand and riding around the small space, being a nuisance. I thought he was looking for a stone to place under the kickstand or something.

Then he yells: “Is the river deep?” (He won’t dispute this).

I yell back “Not really” not thinking anything of it and proceed with unpacking.

Next thing I know, out of the corner of my eye I see him riding down the bank and straight into the river. The water immediately goes over his boots, then the engine and as he revs, he digs himself in up to the seat! Apparently, Rawlence thought it would be cool to camp on the opposite bank.

He got lucky. Frogger waded in to help him and almost vanished, just a meter to the left. It was comic gold. Rawlence got the obligatory ogling Masai guy to help him and Frogger push the bike over and back again and then Panic helped them drain the pipe and carb.

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Above: Rawlence’s SCUBA moment at the Ewaso Nyiro

Once the bike was running and the tents were all up, we commenced with chilling out. We cooled off in the river, cooked up our Ration Packs and did away with the better part of a liter of Black. Rawlence tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to blame yours truly, dear reader, for his epic blunder in the river, suggesting that I had egged him on by saying the water wasn't deep and that I should have surmised that he would be daft enough to try to ford it. Frogger said putain a lot and practiced some of his American cussin. I encouraged him to watch Deadwood (https://hbowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DeadwoodMen.jpg)series to see it done right. Panic laughed heartily and said "Oooooh Yeees!" a lot. It was a good laugh, but the weather was unsteady; one minute still and hot, the next a drizzle or heavy dust-blowing winds. Eventually, around 10 the clouds settled in for a decent rain and we all hit the sack.

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Above: Some things can not be unseen...

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Above: Frogger asked me to brush him up in Photoshop so he can show off to the lasses. I got you fam.  :o

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To be continued... :snorting:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: armpump on January 29, 2018, 11:49:50 am
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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on January 29, 2018, 12:22:35 pm
Love these reports.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Zimzanawana on January 29, 2018, 12:32:53 pm
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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on January 29, 2018, 02:12:18 pm
Grand as always  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: dirtyXT on January 29, 2018, 02:31:07 pm
excellent RR! well written, looks hot and fun. nice to see another world, sad about the corruption and the Chinese. and the charcoal thieves. do the massai jump about in real life or is it ceremonial only?
Title: Day 2 - Nguruman
Post by: Osadabwa on January 30, 2018, 07:30:40 am
Up with the birds, we were saved from the bloodshot eyeball of the morning sun by a cloud band that saved our bacon. We didn’t rush. Coffee was first on the agenda, then answering the call of nature, then breaking down the tents, checking for mechanical issues and gearing up. Panic took it a step further to wash his silky hair… wouldn’t do to have a greasy scalp on a motorbike ride you see.

Of course, I found that my rack had given up on me. One of the puny little 6mm bolts that holds it on broke off and the other had stripped. So, under the watchful eye of Lookie Lou 1 and Lookie Lou 2, a pair of Masai guys with literally nothing better to do than stand within feet of us while we changed and packed (for 2 hours), I bodged the rack as best I could.

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Above: It was suboptimal, but I reckoned it would carry me through.

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Above: Panic at the salon, me leaving the Lookie Lous behind <<sniff>> oh how I’ll miss them.

The plan was straightforward: we would head to bar, call Molilo and meet him at the gate. It was close to 11AM by now and already getting hot. We tried Molilo’s cell, but he was out of coverage. An omen. Up to now, he’d always been reachable. After awhile, we decided to go up and find him. We got to the gate and Panic and I went hunting for him while the others waited. As we returned back, Molilo was there on a motorbike! Excellent news! Alas, he said we should wait for him awhile longer.

It is never good to wait for someone in Kenya to do something you badly want them to do, especially if the guy is the man with the key. The Man with the Key is always a complete asshole, no matter what, and it turned out Molilo was no different. We burned in the hot sun for ages waiting, but he finally returned. His story was convoluted but plausible, so we let him go away again… he’d be back soon. He never came back.

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Above: Photos do not do this justice: waiting in the heat… no shelter… only the shade of the bikes. Misery.

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Above: Frogger soaking up the rays… after awhile the two of us went down to the stream to cool off.

Long story short: We tried to follow the rules. Apparently, some colonial with a famous name maintains the road that passes where we want to go. The only road, mind you, within 90 km of there that does so. His robotic manservant/manager told us on the phone that motorbikes are prohibited because people have hurt themselves in the past and they don’t want the liability. FFS, is this America? Clearly not, so don’t give us that shit. You have no liability over us and we’re ready to take care of ourselves. That folks have hurt themselves is a fact, though. I know at least two groups who have had injuries, but that should not prevent me from having a go! A maintenance fee and a signed indemnity form would sort this out, you mopes. Your argument holds as much water as the big Bwana's name.

Thankfully, there was a silver lining and it involved the good people of Ngurunit village. It’s easy and tempting to have a bad experience with somebody and then paint the whole group with the same brush (you listening, POTUS?). In our case, Molilo had us thirsty for blood, but a half-dozen guys at the bar tried various ways to get us to our objective, including calling the game ranch manager (who said we should feel free), but to no avail. Eventually, it was too late to climb up anyway, but the same guys offered a highly satisfactory alternative. In a shady glen, there’s a spot by a pool (the source of Magadi’s water they said) with a stream trickling from it we could cool off in and space for the tents. They organized beers, fire and a roasted goat with potatoes. It turned out to be great, and the guys were really helpful.

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Above: Cooling off

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Above: The camp

We were pissed off about not being able to get up a bloody public road because some colonial with a famous name said we couldn’t, but with a bit of beer, some Black and the mbuzi (some of the best I’ve had), we were in good spirits by the time we crashed for the night. We were still out in Africa camping with mates after all. Could be worse!

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Zimzanawana on January 30, 2018, 07:36:03 am
 :thumleft:    its getting better and better
Title: Day 3 - Nguruman to Naivasha over the Mau Escarpment
Post by: Osadabwa on January 30, 2018, 07:37:56 am
It rained in the night, but we all slept like the dead. Up fairly early, it was still cool long enough to saddle up, find petrol (again the guys showed us where) and head out. We were back-tracking toward Mosiro along the hard rocky bulldozer track, but beyond that it’d be new territory into the Mau Escarpment, the huge, undulating breadbasket of the Rift Valley (which used to be a forest, but never mind that). Spirits were high, and thanks to the guys, we avoided the baby-head strewn riverbed that caught Rawlence out on the way in.

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Above: Ngurunit in the morning. Nice and cool. Elevated above the heat of the plains.

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Above: Back the way we came: the scene of Panic’s roost… all that soil in my face!

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Above: In Mosiro, Rawlence produced a bag of sweets for the kids and Frogger did his best to impose order while doling them out.

From Mosiro, it was a quick zip up to the Narok tarmac road where we would cross to the Mau. Frogger was agitating for a noon-time beer and I could see Panic’s eyes were glazed over, so after some faffing about, we finally found a place where we could wet our whistles. We didn’t doddle long, however, because ahead of us loomed a fair number of gray clouds which would spell muddy mayhem if they dumped rain on us on the Mau. That place is high and cool and the soil is slick. So we blasted out of there like the Furies, with Frogger absolutely ripping ahead in the lead.

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Above: Cocks of the walk

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Above: Once forest, the Mau is now pasture and fields as far as the eye can see… you’d have thought they could have left a few trees

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Above: Beautiful place. Cabbage fields, wheat fields, barley, you name it… and the rutted roads to match

As it was lunchtime, we hunted for a place to eat the rest of our canned fish supplies and pulled off onto a beautiful green pasture with a view of Lake Naivasha. There were Simpson’s clouds overhead and a nice breeze. A woman approached and asked cheekily: So, you thought this looked like a place to trespass? But she wasn’t bothered. On the contrary, it was clear she was interested in Frogger, but he was having none of it… wouldn’t trade his iPhone for a sheep. Cheap Frenchman!

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Above: Lunchtime pasture… looked like a Microsoft screensaver

We didn’t doddle. While the Simpsons clouds were overhead, the gloomy ones were out in front, so we continued on our way. I’d found a very cool descent from the top that took us down a switchbacked drainage to the barley and wheat flats.

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From there, we rejoined the bigger road where it became abundantly clear (again) that the Pig is the best bike on earth for this place. The roads are pummeled by trucks in all seasons, so they are a wreck. The pounding the bikes took was impressive, and we never really had to slow down. At times it felt like powder skiing over a mogul field. The views were sensational, stretching far over Lake Naivasha to where the thunderstorms threatened. On a clear day we could have seen all the way up to the Aberdares.

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Luckily, the rain held off and we blasted into Carnelly’s on the South Naivasha road by midafternoon. Tents set up, ablutions complete, we made our way to the bar and stayed there til nightfall, devouring a delicious burger and a pizza in the meantime. It wasn’t a long day, but the variety of riding was incredible… fast, flat sandy sections… slow, technical rocky sections… the climbing and descent in the Mau… Wonderful.

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Tomorrow, home.

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Title: Day 4 - Naivasha home via Kedong Ranch
Post by: Osadabwa on January 30, 2018, 07:45:26 am
At Carnelly’s you sleep only so-so thanks to the heavy bass of the local nightclub that throbs well until morning, but waking up is a pleasure. The birds go crazy. There’s every tweet, chirp and squak you can imagine all heralding the arrival of the sun. At around 7000ft, it’s nice and cool as well which whets your appetite for a full breakfast, which we devoured.

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Above: Navasha, Carnelly’s camp

Rawlence had a brilliant plan for getting from Naivasha to the Narok road: Kedong Ranch. Panic and I had been in there once, but I’ve been turned away a time or two as well. This time, we knew who to call thanks to Rawlence. For a fee, we were able to enter, ride around, enjoy the scenery and go out the back side towards Mt. Suswa. Take note, Leaky, nobody worried if we’d get hurt. The Kedong Ranch is pretty cool, right up on the slope of Mt. Longonot with plenty of game (antelopes, zebras, giraffes and warthogs) and fun little tracks to explore. We zipped around a few loops and decided to head out, avoiding the riverbed Panic and I got into last time in favor of a more direct road. It was fun riding all the way to the road.

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Above: At the junction with the tar road… bikers pose with three signs of the times in Kenya: Charcoal bags, too many cattle and the Standard Guage Railway in the far distance… Maendeleo

Crossing the road, it was back to our playground. From Mt. Suswa to my front door is under 2 hours if you keep at it, but we weren’t in a rush. We pulled into Ewaso Kedong for a celebratory good-bye beer at the pub, which, despite being besieged with drunks and children, was a decent place with very cold beer!

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Above: Future XR rider? This kid didn’t want to come down!

We saddled up and cruised home on the big dirt past the Chinese tunnel works, up the escarpment, around to the back of things to Wayaki Way. I’m pleased we didn’t let January get away without a good ride to show for it. Let’s make it a habit, boys!

Oink
 :snorting:

Oh, and here's the video. Caution... strong language and flabby men.


Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on January 30, 2018, 12:07:58 pm
Absolutely fantastic  :thumleft:

Loving this RR
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 02, 2018, 07:05:01 am
Nice RR, great pics as usual and good story telling. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: EssBee on February 02, 2018, 09:57:51 am
Stunning RR! As usual  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: geopat on February 02, 2018, 12:02:20 pm
Thanks for sharing it makes me want to get out and explore
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Clockwork Orange on February 02, 2018, 03:46:21 pm
Brilliant....thanks
Title: 2018 02 - Amazing 3 day safari... maybe.
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 07:34:03 am
8 AM, the bikes are ready. We’re at Wry’s house rearing to go. It’s the first time we’ve been able to coordinate our riding calendars in many years, and we’re both stoked.

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So it’s a serious bummer when an hour later this is the scene:

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Will our heroes salvage the ride? Can they make it one for the ages? Stay tuned to find out!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on February 19, 2018, 08:28:33 am
NO that is NOT right  :xxbah:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on February 19, 2018, 09:01:17 am
NO that is NOT right  :xxbah:

+1  :lamer:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Knucklhead on February 19, 2018, 09:09:58 am
very cool  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 09:50:03 am
ROOI and Bud500,  :lol8:

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on February 19, 2018, 10:00:12 am
Something is off with that pickup?
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Wooly Bugger on February 19, 2018, 11:08:24 am
Great story and awesome pics. Thank you for sharing!
Title: Of course we salvaged the ride.
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 12:34:29 pm
To make a long story short, I broke my throttle cable 30 minutes into the ride, Wry organized a pickup to drag my carcass back to Famous Rick’s place in Karen where in a jiffy a new one was fabricated using the last spares in Africa, and we were on our way again – albeit several hours behind schedule.

We hit the valley like a ton of bricks, rocking over the stones and slashing through the bush. I wanted to make time, but was unwilling to cut out some of the highlights of the valley for Wry, so we shot for the new track I found with Panic not long ago.

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Above: Wry descends into the deep valley

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Above: Taking a break under the big shade trees, Wry remembers how awesome KTM side stands are

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Above: A magnificent umbrella tree on the valley floor. It was hot, but a breeze kept it bearable.

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Above: A quick splash at the standpipe… This is one of a kind as far as I know, and a welcomed thing to find on a hot day. I was encouraged by Wry to make an ass of myself, so I obliged.

Once out of the valley, it was a throttle-stop blast to Oltepesi for a reasonably cold Coke before crossing over to the feshy eastern side of Olegorsailie. I think I say this on every ride, but my god it was dry. And the wind was whipping it even drier. I wonder if someday my grandkids will be down here riding with paddle wheels over dunes. Surprisingly, however, there was a ton of wildlife on display. We saw all the little antelope, groups of ostriches and more than one large herds of giraffe.

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Above: Wry rides the fesh fields

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Above: The flat basin… ride as fast as your little Pig will take you. In my case, not much over 130kph, but what a thrill! The giraffes seemed to be asking WTF?

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Above: Farther down the way, we caught up with another herd of mature giraffe that got the zoomies. It was amazing watching them run. They make pretty good time when they’re so inclined.

We hit the T-junction between Mi46 and the GSU camp fairly late in the afternoon, but I didn’t want to ride the 30 km of tar into Magadi. I’ve always suspected there are off-road options, but have never had time or a willing partner to go explore. I was watching my GPS (I’d put in a few probable tracks, but Google Earth is pretty fuzzy in this area) and dove off the road without warning when I saw a faint 4x4 track heading off in vaguely the right direction. Before long, it merged with another, and we were on our way.

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Above: Face it, that bike is the bees knees, the dog’s bollocks, the cat’s ass, the giraffe’s neck, the elephant’s ears, the cock’s wattle… no?

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Above: Koora! The mythical dot on the map exists. There’s nothing there but a railroad crossing, but it meant we were going to make it.

The evening light was making everything wonderful and we had itchy throttle hands. There were animals everywhere, and the riding and temperature was fantastic. After a couple of missteps and misunderstandings (all the Masai think we want to know how to get to the tar road… Jesus people, do we look like BMW riders to you?) we clacked down some rocky tracks and wound up on the soda pans behind Magadi town. We raced up and back through the surreal terrain. It was fantastic.

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Above: Five hours riding stuff like this. No tarmac after leaving town. You can’t beat it.

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Above: Wry takes in the rapidly setting sun. The whole time we were finding our way down to the pans, the sun was shooting out rays like an old painting. As if God was saying: Behold, boys! Follow the light to your next cold beer!

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Above: I love this pic.

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Above: Happy bikers

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Above: In the year 2118, a lone wanderer cautiously approaches the abandoned city. The smell of Sulphur in his nose, he checks his equipment for trace signs of radiation and prepares to fight the local wastelings for what remains of the water…

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Above: An odd formation of soda and salt makes a nice setting for a bike portrait

We rode into Magadi like conquering heroes, had a cold White Cap at the club and watched the rest of the light fade away. We ended up only riding half day, but what a half day it was! Sometimes you’re lucky like that.

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Title: Day 2 - Magadi to Amboseli
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 12:45:35 pm
Aaaand sometimes you’re less lucky! First thing in the morning, not 10km out of Magadi, I saw my ass. Those soda pans are bloody tricky, I tell you. Last time I came through here, the place was 10” thick with sloppy mud the consistency of duck shit (into which I fell). Now it looked dry, like white pavement, and given just yesterday I was riding my Pig full blast on similar stuff, so I was not expecting to go down like a sack of potatoes on a totally innocuous, perfectly flat section. Turns out sometimes that stuff, when packed, keeps a wee layer of slime just on the surface that is deadly as oil on tarmac.

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Above: It was a looong slide… I wasn’t going fast, but I wasn’t going slow. My hip now looks like a handful of strawberries and a bunch of grapes exploded just under the skin. Otherwise, none the worse for wear.

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Above: Lake Magadi in the morning

We were riding into the early sun, through an extinct volcano, out of the deepest part of the Rift Valley on a track nobody but a handful of boda boda guys ride. Brilliant way to start the day! In the beninging, the track is very rocky and slow, but once you pass through the volcano and rise up a ways, it’s fast and furious all the way to Torosei where we stopped for a quick Coke.

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Above: Looking up through the eroded remains of the volcano… our track goest through there somewhere

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Above: Wry enjoying the early rock riding

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Above: Again, luck found us surrounded by game. This time, a big group of ostrich.

From Torosei, it was about 20 km of quick, lovely dirt roads, the kind the Pig just eats alive. Wry kept calling it the Big Red Rock Eater, and I couldn’t argue. Especially at speed, the XR650R is a dream over rough terrain. Eventually, the road we were on disappeared into a well-worn cattle path leading to a water point. It’s a great ride, but this time around it was positively jam packed with cattle and donkeys on the move. We pushed through the tides of hides and popped out the other side in time for an early lunch in the shade of a tree.

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Above: Wry starts down the cattle/donkey superhighway

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Above: With or without the helmet, Wry does resemble domestic livestock

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Above: Shade-tree lunch and an odd pile of burned bones… I prefer not to question the motive

After lunch came what was undoubtedly the highlight of the ride: thirty kilometers of hard-packed riverbed winding all the way past Oldonyo Orok. I’ve been in this riverbed with Panic before, and last time I was there with Frogger, it was a running river so we had to give it a miss. This time, the sand was perfect for riding. Not churned up, it was hard enough to ride quickly on but soft enough to make drifting a breeze. We flew for ages until we reached a rocky section that up to now I had not explored beyond. This time, we rode around it and dropped back in for more. It’s fantastic, beautiful, hard, fast… awesome.

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Above: Wry’s goofy expression says it all: This is awesome!

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Above: Sometimes open, sometimes tight, the riverbed was always a delight.

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Above: As we continued, Oldonyo Oruk grew nearer. The riverbed goes all the way around its northern edge to the tarmac road and is rideable (almost) all the way.

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Above: In some sections, the sand gave way to odd volcanic rock formations. With a little patience, we could ride through it, which in itself was fun, and we always found sand on the other side.

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Above: Some of the rocky segments left deep holes on the other side… take care!

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Above: Just before we climbed out of the riverbed, we came upon a couple of Masai guys. One had a hunk of butchered goat in a plastic bag and the other had bone marrow in a small bucket. They’d come from donating some of their goats to the local church: Read that closely: they’d given their animals away to the church, not vice-versa.

Knackered from the riverbed, but riding a high, we climbed out and headed the 10km to Namanga. It would be the first tar we’d seen so far, and we’d done over 300 km total. Namanga, like most border towns, is a dump, but we wanted a mid-day beer so we suffered through the annoyance of the local madman (John), the sound of a grinder next door, and the smell of raw meat and enjoyed our beer dammit. The next bit would drop us into another world.

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Above: Scenes from Namanga: John, the madman; A high kwality KTM, and lunch if you want it (to be honest, it looked really good… If we could have gotten John to pose in the middle of the butcher shop, it would have looked a lot like a Lucian Freud painting (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_with_Meat#/media/File:Figure_with_Meat_Bacon.jpg).

To be continued...
Title: ... continued
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 12:52:16 pm
It’s time to descend into Surrealism. I had been looking forward to riding under Amboseli National Park since Panic and I did it a year ago. It’s so bizarre there… odd rocks jutting out of an otherwise plane-flat wasteland… dust storms and devils playing on the horizon, Mt. Kilimanjaro looming in the distance… masai houses in the middle of it all. It’s a nightmare scape that just happens to be absolutely stunning. We were not in a hurry, so we explored the rocks and blasted the pans. We climbed up a hill and sure enough came across elephant again. The acacias in some areas are so serene and majectic, but they’re contrasted by utter devastation… it does your head in. Wonderful stuff.

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Above: Out of the flat looms a spine of vertical stone

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Above: Wry climbed it a ways and then thought better of continuing on… a fall from 15 meters ain’t good for your health

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Above: The lee side of the rock was the only place protected from the blast-furnace wind

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Above: Wry adds a whiff to the already dustblown world

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Above: Our lookout hill. Mt Kilimanjaro hides in the clouds in the distance, her presence very much felt

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Above: I’d been vandalized some time in the night with this abomination of a decal… Wry, it seems, is a big Pizza lover and thought the Pig looked like an ideal delivery bike.

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Above: Like the surface of Mars, but with acacia islands

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Above: Wry and I go to check out the elephants

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Above: Been here twice, and both times found Eles. I love those creatures… respect them too… didn’t want to press our luck getting too close.

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Above: I had to wait for Wry as a continuous cloud of dust obscured him from view… like Mad Max out here

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Above: Dust Devil

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Above: Out of the worst (best) of it, on the rocky stuff on the way to a camp.

We hadn’t reserved anywhere to stay, but as luck would have it, my track brought us right to the front gate of Kibo Camp where we were received with utterly underwhelming hospitality by three women with the personalities of belly button lint. The place was lovely though, and the pool and good food was much appreciated after a long, hard day.

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Above: As all of the other guests were out on safari, we had afternoon sundowners by the pool undisturbed.

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Above: Kili made an appearance at dusk. Photos don’t do her justice.
Damn what an awesome day! Over dinner, I heard tourists eagerly telling their waiters (who must have wanted to kill themselves) about seeing animals… all of which I’d seen from the back of my motorcycle outside the park gates, after having ridden 200km of the most exhilarating terrain around (on Earth maybe?). I wouldn’t have traded places with any one of them.
:snorting:



Title: Day 3 - Back home
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 12:59:55 pm
We had ground to cover, so bikes were packed and rolling by 8:30. We bid farewell to the duds at the Kibo Camp and made dust toward Selengei, on the way back to Nairobi. Within half an hour, we’d seen elephant, nearly been trampled by giraffe, and scattered countless antelope, all while being constantly distracted by Mt Kilimanjaro who was just so damn photogenic in the early light it was hard to concentrate on riding.

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Above: Checkout please

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Above: I mean, come on! Kili is just too cool.

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Above: The Pig in her element. Big, fast tracks in the savanna.

In order to avoid backtracking, we’d opted to push ahead rather than fuel up in Kimana which would have delayed our departure. This meant we’d forgo a small part of the track I’d planned, but all the roads in this area are amazing, so it didn’t matter a lick. First you pin the throttle and fly across arrow-straight sand tracks, then you meander through ever thickening bush, then you bushwhack awhile til you reach the Kajiado Governor’s house (mansion… how the hell did he get that money I wonder?) til you eventually hit the big riverbed near Selengei. All morning was a joy, and we were making serious time.

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Above: Wry just had to test out the BRP. He enjoyed it. I also liked the KTM’s immediate power, the light feel etc… but for this, the Pig is the winner.

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Above: Wry drops into another river bed. This one was 100m across in most places and much trickier than the one from the day before. The surface was less uniform, more textured, and it was very difficult to see the hidden lips and dips. Still, it was a blast.

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We popped out of the riverbed, fueled up in Mashuru, crossed back over the riverbed and climbed up in the hills. I was all out of kilter on the tracks up there. Hard packed with a dusting of sand on top, I couldn’t keep my front tire planted and the rear wanted to run around me at every turn. After a while, we stopped for an early lunch. My god it was dry, but the views were nice. Later on, we scrambled up a road that was in appalling condition, cut through a Masai homestead, and hit the big dirt to the Kajiado tar, which we jumped and followed the cattle right-of way on to Mi-46 for a break.

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Above: The hills above Selengei and Mashuru are lovely, but man are they dry

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Above: Our early lunch spot. Good tuna and horrible Carrefor biltong!

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Above: Wry pushes at a masai fence… no dice

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Above: The cattle path to the Marble Quary and Mi46

After a quick stop for a Coke, it was just one quick blast back to Nairobi. My front tire was now pissing green slime from multiple thick puncture wounds accumulated in the Masai country, but because I am running the Tubeliss system, I was able to inflate it to 30psi and run for an hour before topping back up again. I guess I’m sold, so far, on that technology.

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Above: The Mi46 road was in a sorry state following what was clearly some seriously heavy runoff recently. This Purple Beast was not going anywhere.

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Above: Parting shot… guess which one is me and which one is my sarcastic, ball-busting amigo…

So, an epic ride, snatched from the jaws of early defeat! Really good to get out with Wry. Thanks for being up for exploring, pushing the limits of daylight and riverbed challenges, etc. We’re too young not to take those risks, and too old to let the chance of a good ride pass us by!

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Above: Our route. Yellow = Nairobi to Magadi; Orange = Magadi to Amboseli; Red = Amboseli to Nairobi



Oink!

 :snorting:


Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on February 19, 2018, 01:36:26 pm
Great penmanship, once again. Enjoyed it.
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 19, 2018, 03:12:24 pm
Excellent stuff. Good thing it was just an accelerator cable. Normally when a bike is up on a truck like that its a BMW or something more serious. :laughing7:

Goodness gracious but its so dry. Animals must be battling a bit. When is the rainy season in that part of the world?
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on February 19, 2018, 04:05:54 pm
Holy Moly - how heavy is that brp that it broke perfectly fine bakkie in half?!

You should consider getting something lighter and more reliable, just take a cue from your mate  :pot:
Title: Them's fightin' words, boy!
Post by: Osadabwa on February 19, 2018, 04:43:30 pm
Okay Xpat, that's it! Them's fightin' words, disrespecting my beloved Piggy! The gloves are off! Get your malingering ass up here with that cutsy little 690 showpiece of yours and lets go ride! You've got the tracks already, we'll be waiting! :lol8:  Pretty funny comment, but I promise found the bakkie that way. And by the way, funny guy, I'll have you know the 690 is reportedly 140kg dry (https://www.dirtrider.com/2017-ktm-690-enduro-r) and the XR is 133kg dry (http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Honda/honda_xr650r%2005.htm)... though, yeah, I'd have to use 50% more go-juice per km, but that's not the point. It's about grunt and style, pure muscle! Pure bliss! The magic carpet!

BlueBull - Truth is, I have broken that cable twice and I'm not sure why. Nobody I know has ever broken a throttle cable. The real issue isn't the cable, but that tank... it's such a huge pain in the ass to remove that I'd only do it on the roadside in an emergency. And you're right about the dryness... I wonder if that's why we saw so many this time around. Maybe they were moving around out of desperation.
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 20, 2018, 06:09:16 am
Why, I do believe you may have touched a tiny nerve there Xpat :laughing7:

Osadwaba: Interesting comments regarding that cable...I'm gonna guess you have two speeds. Stationary, and full-gas!  :lol8: Easy on the throttle there, matey.

Thanks again for a great report.  :thumleft: :thumright:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on February 20, 2018, 01:40:19 pm
Beautiful, beautiful landscapes. Love the reports. Thanks  :thumleft:

Cable option: fit two cables (second one being a backup). That way it will be much easier to swop over.  Just cover the ends up so that it does not become dirty. And do the same for clutch.

Oh, and XPat bought an orange 500 so he can keep up with your piggy  :lamer:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: armpump on February 20, 2018, 01:57:56 pm
Presume Osadwaba does not know you been raving about the 500 Xpat
Title: 500 eh...
Post by: Osadabwa on February 21, 2018, 05:56:56 am
pietas, Yes I know about the in-line cable replacement backup plan. Had one ready to go for clutch but not for throttle. I shall soon be remedying that you can be sure.

Um... so you say Xpat has a 500 now, not that Trojan Horse looking 690 eh? Yeah, that's light weight alright, but bring it on, dammit! I sold a 450 EXC and replaced it with my Pig cause I wanna eat raw meat not salad!

All machismo and bike tribalism and my-piston-is-bigger-than-yours aside, I rode Wry's 450 for a stretch this trip (not because I wanted to, mind, but because he wanted to ride the Piggy) and remembered how they are:

-   Pros = e-start, amazing throttle response, brakes that leave your face glued to the inside of your helmet, narrow feel
-   Cons = a seat hard as marble, a shock like a jackhammer for your ass and forks raked so hard it's a tank-slap a minute going quick and a jerking pogostick-on-marbles feeling over babyheads.

Obviously the Pig is a lot to hold up when going gets slow, but I look for riding that is hard, fast and rough, and that old girl with her plush suspension and 1970's souped-up muscle car analog feel really twists my grip.

If Xpat comes, he might be faster, but  I'll find ways to slow him down (rocks in the rucksack, heavy drinking the night before, a quick trip to Kenyan jail etc). So karibu!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: bud500 on February 21, 2018, 08:02:50 am
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 22, 2018, 06:39:28 am
karibu indeed. :ricky: Looking forward to your next RR.
Title: 2018 02 - Makueni work trip, mini RR
Post by: Osadabwa on March 01, 2018, 02:55:30 pm
Occasionally, it makes sense to ride my bike to the field for work instead of taking a car, or at least it’s a toss-up. This time was one of those times. Sure, I could have taken a 4x4, but it would have meant sitting in horrible traffic, and my mental health doesn’t allow that. So, I saddled up the Pig and left for Makueni County, staying off the tar as much as possible, and enjoying a totally different corner of Kenya.

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Above: There are a lot of people in the hills above Machakos. Farms and homesteads as far as the eye can see. The place is a giant dirt road maze, so you can’t really go wrong as long as you don’t mind taking the scenic way.

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Above: The pic doesn’t show it well, but the Kambas have a tradition of building terraces for cropland on the steep hillside. Not a bad practice I’d say.

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Above: There was one stretch of “forest” that was actually eucalyptus plantation. These fellas had just dropped two medium-sized trees across the road.

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Above: My pig in Ukambani

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Above: On one particularly nice switchbacked bit of dirt there were big stone sections done up with campaign graffiti. I don’t know if Mary Mbiu Mutinga made it to parliament or not. Don’t think I care.

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Above: Far down near the Chyulu Hills and Tsavo National Parks, the area is flat, red-soiled, and dry as tinder. Pretty tough existence down there, if you’re still trying to grow maize.

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Above: Surprisingly, I found a very nice hotel in the Makueni County Seat of Wote. The Kusyuombunguo Hotel (quite a mouthful) has a huge pool, cold beers and decent food, not to mention rooms with bednets. What else can a guy ask for?

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: landieman on March 05, 2018, 06:28:34 am
Nice  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 05, 2018, 10:06:35 am
Man, what a lekker read!

And I cannot believe Ricks is still running - we spent a week there doing various maintenance bits on 2 XT500's we rode up and back in 1994!

We stayed at Mama Roche's place near the Aga Khan hospital - ate at the Everest Hotel almost daily.....

And I hav'nt had a White Cap since then!!!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: aka.Goliath on March 05, 2018, 01:25:13 pm
Nice stuff, what a great read. Keep it coming. Definitely going to be asking for some routes when I make it to Kenya one of these days.
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Roxtar on March 05, 2018, 03:37:41 pm
Those XRR's are legit......... some things in life just add to a picture and make everything look BETTER... :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 07, 2018, 08:23:46 pm
Sounds like you have the dream job. Riding, beers by the pool etc. :laughing7:

What the heck do you do for a living? :scratch:


And where did the rest of us go so wrong? ;D
Title: 2018 03 - Gear test mud day
Post by: Osadabwa on March 27, 2018, 07:11:33 am
I have a friend who shall remain nameless (Panic) who is a real pain in the ass when it comes to the weather. If his old crooked elbow so much as senses extra humidity five days before a ride, I’ll be receiving foreboding texts about torrential rains and doom and gloom. He’s bailed out on one or two rides cause of the possibility he might get wet, only to learn later that his fears were unfounded. Drives me nuts.

So, it was amazing that he announced he wanted to do a day-ride down to the valley only a day after a proper 2-week long deluge that has ravaged Kenya finally passed by. It’s so wet, the Rift Valley itself seems to be opening up again: check out the hyper-dramatic footage from the local news… My god, you’d think it was Armageddon! It’s hilarious how much unnecessary attention this crack has gotten… faksake, it rained like hell, the place is horribly overgrazed and denuded, and it’s on a fault line. A little crack is likely to pop up now and then. Also, you’ll notice that there is a train car being transported on the road… here in Kenya, even the trains know the railroad is a joke!



Anyway, so we went. And sure enough it was a mudbog, but tons of fun! I tried to take us on a new track that would connect us to Mi-46, giving us another option for a long off-road loop, but deep mud and deep rivers turned us back.

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So we backtracked a bit and continued on a known-track that took on a whole new feel with the mud. Some sections were fast and grippy, while others were duckpoop slick and almost hilarious. In a couple of places the track picks its way through an open plain, but there was no staying on it, you just had to let the bike lead and try not to fall off.

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Above: Very nice to see some green for a change, and not to fight the dust

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Above: A little crossing with a stony bottom was okay, but the deeper muddier ones turned us back

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Above: Pigs in the grass

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Above: Looking back at Esakut

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Above: Why go around when you can go over?

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Above: Nature’s chain lube

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Above: Gerenuks! Long-necked impala’s relatives found in dry semi-arid lands only in the East and Horn

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Above: The photo fails to show how close Panic came to seeing his ass… that’s a substantial dip he’s ploughing into

It was a half-day ride. Out and back. Brilliant. On the way back, not far from the tarmac, Panic pulls up with a puncture. I experience a very acute sense of schadenfreude since I’ve been taking a lot of abuse for how commonly I’m the one doing roadside puncture repairs. To add to my delight, the tube he brought as a spare was also punctured, a fact only discovered after he’d installed it and a half-dozen helpful chaps had arrived to stare and make comments. Oh, what a good day!

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Above: Panic and the Rastas

This Thursday, I return to Tanzania for a few days to ride with the Dar Bikers. We’ll be exploring the area around Arusha, Lengai, Karatu and Babati, circumnavigating Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park in the process. The area has been getting just as much rain as we have here, so I expect seriously sloppy conditions.

Cross fingers for me.

 :snorting:



Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on March 27, 2018, 08:08:39 am
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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 27, 2018, 06:29:52 pm
Lekker. :thumleft:

That is a still a bloody big crack! Must be some local cause for it, not just rain I think. Perhaps there was a small earthquake that caused a shift but not one noticed. ;D
Title: 2018 Easter Ride - Tanzania with the Dar Bikers
Post by: Osadabwa on April 03, 2018, 01:48:40 pm
When Ajax told me there would be ten bikers on the ride, I was sure it would be a hopeless disaster. But, to my amazement, it turned out to be a fantastic few days of scrambling down goat paths, blasting washed out dirt roads and laughing hard at our own personal one-man Bulgarian comedy show. My reunion with the Dar Bikers in Arusha was epic indeed!

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Above: 1 XR650R (mine), 1 Suzuki DRZ400, 1 KTM620 and 7 cookie-cutter KTM 450s or 500s, one of which suffering an electrical fire... KTM owners understand

Having tested my Pig's readiness the week before, I was chomping at the bit to go. My plan was to leave early and speed down some well-trodden but fantastic tracks in the south of Kenya, down a long, sandy dry riverbed, and slip into Tanzania via the Namanga Border Post. From there, I’d cut over and ride some tracks North of Monduli area which I’d found on Google Earth.

I was so pumped up I could barely sleep. During the night, I’d freak out if I heard what I thought was rain on the roof. I’m usually the guy who says: to hell with the rain, we’re riding anyway! But the prospect of waking up for a long solo ride in the mud was unnerving, so I was happy when morning came and the pavement was dry. I hit the road grinning and roosting, enjoying the grip from a pair of brand new tires installed especially for the trip.

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Above: On the way down, I passed the spot where Panic and I had cut a corner earlier and nearly lost it in deep mud. That it had dried out. I took to be a good omen.

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Above: Matatu caught in a flash flood I suppose… how else?

I flew down the main dirt tracks I know well, shocked by how badly they’d handled the last weeks’ rains. Huge gullies were everywhere, and I had to be careful not to get lazy or I’d go diving into one as my friend Neb had done not long ago on his Enduro ride. When I ride alone, I get into a zen mode where I just go and go. I don’t think about anything. It’s a wonderful feeling. Before I knew it, I was at the dry riverbed, almost 200km away from home.

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Above: This wasn’t here a few weeks back…

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Above: This stroppy male Ostrich looked like he wanted a piece of me

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Above: Reaching the dry riverbed

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Above: Ready to blast the sand

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My friend Wry and I had ridden this riverbed a few weeks ago on our way from Magadi to Amboseli. It was fantastic then, and it was fantastic this time around. I felt like I’d really gotten the knack of the rear wheel drift this time, making it around even the sharpest bends without needing to dab a foot down. I was flat out and wanting more.

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When I came to the rocky section, I was confident I could ride through it with no problems, but was a bit alarmed to see that the section of riverbed below was muddy in spots. Being all balls and no brains at that moment, I proceeded on, slipping and dragging through some properly slick stuff at times, but still making my way. But then up ahead I saw more stones, and slowing a bit to pick my line, my rear wheel simply disappeared beneath me and when I put a foot down, I sank in up to the top buckle of my boot.

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Above: That tributary brought in the mud... I damn near launched straight into that

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Above: Innocuous enough looking, that wet sand is grabby as Trump with a pu$$y

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Above: That, fellas, is quicksand. The stones downstream create an underground water catchment and the sand is essentially floating on it. Break the surface and you go in!

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It was hard work getting the Pig unstuck, but I was still in high spirits. Heck I was on an adventure in Africa alone, stuck in a riverbed! Also, what was I going to do? Call the AA? I got to work, pulling the bike on her side, shoving sticks and rocks under the tire, digging out in front of the front tire, etc. After a couple of attempts, I managed to get to the stones and up the nearside bank.

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Above: I look like a deranged stormtrooper on a fishing trip… anyway, I got out of my pickle.

Elated to have overcome my first serious obstacle, I was ready for my second: The Tanzania Border, where I unwittingly ended up hiring the illegal but very helpful services of an “agent” who bribed me to the front of a very long queue and sorted out the bike’s paperwork for me. Fifteen bucks well spent, I was hauling ass down a dirt road with Longido in my rearview mirror. The track was a fun little washed-out dirt road, but I wanted to explore something different and deviated off. At first I wasn’t sure I’d done the right thing as the track was rough and recently washed out, with no sign of any wheeled tracks on it. I walked a few descents to make sure I could get up them again if I had to retreat, and before long, I emerged on another fantastic, wide riverbed, this time dry as a bone and hard packed. It was time to fly.

To be continued...

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Title: ...continued - Getting to Arusha
Post by: Osadabwa on April 03, 2018, 01:56:59 pm
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Above: Toodling down the little track toward the Tanzania-side riverbed

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Above: One of those places I decided to walk first… there was nobody out here but me and I'd already dead-lifted the Pig once today

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Above: My sand superhighway on-ramp

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Above: Running out of unique poses for happy moments, I went with the “Liberty”, AKA the “Breakfast Club”

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Above: The sand river washes out onto an open plain with Ketumbeine in the distance

It was getting on past two, but I wasn’t the least bit tired. From the sand river to Monduli is a nice quick road I know from a previous trip, so I set off at full tilt, but got distracted. Out of the corner of my eye, a low plain seemed to be shimmering with silver and I swore I could smell perfume. As I got closer, I could see that the entire valley floor was a continuous green mat of wildflowers giving off a wonderful odor, and as I rode into it, I saw giraffe, zebra and antelope; all grazing and looking fat and happy as you like. It was idyllic.

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Above: Of course, the Pig looks fat and happy there too

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Above: zebras with shiny coats

Having taken in as much of the valley as I could, and resisting the urge to just blast straight across it shouting in my helmet, I proceeded up the mountain, through Monduli town, and down the other side on small farm-access paths through fields and farmsteads. The approach to Arusha has never been more beautiful, with Mt. Meru peeking out from behind the clouds and the sparkling town huddling at its feet. I made it to the Outpost hotel, had a beer or two and fell asleep. Ajax and SteeVo showed up late and I joined them for several more. Spirits were high. Things were just beginning!

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Above: On the main road up Monduli

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Above: Smaller tracks of Monduli down to Arusha

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Above: Mt. Meru showing through the clouds

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Above: Fertile, hilly land

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Above: A beer at the Outpost

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Above: SteeVo’s feet attract slugs at midnight… WTF?  Kilimanjaro sweaty cold

That was the end of a very long day for me, but just the beginning with the Dar Bikers. I go from solo riding to leading 9 jokers down goat-paths and washouts. Stay tuned.

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 03, 2018, 03:10:19 pm
OSDBA - You always make me damn envious. :thumleft:

I bet you nipped a bit when that rear wheel got stuck. ;D How many times have we seen three guys almost unable to get bikes unstuck from mud....
Title: quicksand
Post by: Osadabwa on April 03, 2018, 04:53:08 pm
Yeah, I was a tad nervous at first, but I could see the bike wasn't going to sink further and I had a very clear and rocky way out of the situation.  Patience and the use of levers got me out. I wedged a stone against the swingarm to lift the wheel up enough to get sticks underneath the tire.

Also, if I cocked it up, I had a backup plan. I was in Masailand. All I had to do was climb out of the riverbed and take a piss and half a dozen folks would have appeared out of nowhere. I was actually quite keen to get myself out without having to manage a bunch of knuckleheads who would inevitably burn themselves on the pipe or something, but I was comforted knowing they were out there.
Title: Arusha to Karatu the back way
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 08:03:10 am
The first day with the group would also be the first time I met most of these jokers. I knew Ajax and SteeVo and Wheelie, but the rest were a mystery. I was immediately approached by a short chap that looked like a stuffed leather sofa smoking a cigarette. In a thick accent, he shouts at me: “You are my best friend, yes?” And extends a hand composed of Vienna sausages attached to a ribeye steak. It was Viktory, the Bulgarian mechanic/stand-up comedian, and he only wanted me for my fuel tank. His hideous LC4 620 which looked like it had been hung in a tree for vultures to eat for the past decade had a fuel tank that would make old men’s bladders look spacious. So it began.

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Above: At the TanSwiss brothers’ house in Arusha… look at all that shiny pumpkin orange

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Above: A sub-section of the crew: Get-It, Viktory, Me, SteeVo, Appy, Wheelie and Sprout (take that, you buggar… capital of Brussels indeed!)

Getting 10 bikers moving is a serious challenge. We were waiting for TS1 to get off work, and didn’t get our wheels in motion til 10AM. Fortunately for us, that just gave the landscape a bit of time to dry out from an overnight drizzle, and the sun was shining by the time we rolled into the hills above Arusha. And what hills! This place was spectacular. Long views over rolling hills, all emerald this time of year, and a crispness to the air that practically twists the throttle for you.

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Above: Just outside of town, we regroup and take in the view.

In no time, the winding dirt roads took us to the top of the world. Looking down almost made you dizzy. It reminded me of being on a ski slope or something. The track dissolved into a series of ruts, etched over the years by generations of tenacious Masai goats and cattle into the hillside. It was surreal. You had to put your tire in a rut and follow it wherever it led as it came up to the axel. Choose correctly and all was good, choose poorly and you had some lifting to do. Wheelie being the most keen, decided to do some extra rut-riding and found himself upside down at one point, but there was no harm done. We’d reached the bottom alive!

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Above: What a view…

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Above: Me at the top of the goat chute

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Above: Get-It down the goat chute

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Above: Sprout, TS1 and Viktory

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Above: Apart from how awkward the ruts were, they were made of nasty clay/dirt… if it had rained, I’d still be there.

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Above: Left – A2 helps Wheelie after his little mishap.

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Above: A seriously alien landscape. To think that goat feet and rain wore away all that soil… It looks like something out of a story book that doesn’t end well for the protagonist!

It must be mentioned here that I’m leading this hoard of KTM riding punks. Me. On my venerable and highly capable, if slightly gravity-attracting XR650R. Ajax usually does the honors, but he was happy to have somebody around who can read a GPS for a change. Nobody learns to navigate! At one point, I asked Ajax: Do you think they’ll like this track or that track? And he said: Just ride what you want to ride, they just follow! It was true, like a mother hen, I’d go off and my little flock of hair-brained and brightly-colored friends would follow. Like chickens I tell you!

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Above: The goat chute opens up onto an endless grassy plain

After the goat chute, the grassy rolling plain spread out before us, sliced up into sections by deep gullies we needed to navigate. It was great fun rolling quick over the grass then picking our way through the gulches. It was easy business, and super enjoyable. The track we followed was an old one Ajax made in ’07, but we were on our way to a section I’d found on Google Earth. I knew there was a chance it’d be tricky. It was.

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Above: This bumbling idiot nearly hit me from behind. And he’s holding a beetle.

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Above: Like majestic gazelles zipping across the plains

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Above: Oh sweet Jeezus… not so majestic with the helmet off!

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Above: Here chick-chick-chick! Come to Piggy!

We crossed one gulley after another on our way to my sketchy trail-link. The riding was fantastic, some quick some slow, like a cha-cha but with horsepower. Everybody was killing it and the pace was excellent.

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Above: Viktory takes a tumble but gets right back up again. Nobody can stop glorious Viktory! Nobody can silence him either!

to be continued...
Title: Arusha to Karatu continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 08:14:51 am
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Above: The plains between the gullies were all studded with white and yellow flowers.

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Above: It was so beautiful, it inspired Wheelie and TS2 to do a little bike-waltz

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Above: Wheelie just loves flowers… holding them and roosting them, it’s all the same to him

Before long we were into the rocky stuff and the boys went for it. We all hammered our way down this slope, stopping to wipe the sweat and let the forearms regain their function every so often. It was hard work, but one of the highlights. Nobody took a serious tumble, though Sprout tried, and we all made it to the sandy river at the bottom and back up the other side in 10 pieces.


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Above: SteeVo in the lead

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Above: It was steep and stony. Good thing I’ve been riding in the Kenyan Rift Valley…

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Above: The end of the stones, now if Sprout can just get up the other side!

Once out the other side of the big gulley, we emerged onto a big road. We’d chewed up a lot of the day farting around in Arusha and enjoying the steep and rocky stuff, so now we needed to make some time. Ajax had booked us into a hotel in Karatu, and at least a few of the KTMs didn’t have any headlights.

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Above: Dung beetles rolling a poo

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Above: Bikes and wildlife on the main road

Of course, making time with a big group is tough work, especially if guys can’t keep air in their tires. The honor for the first puncture goes to SteeVo who barely saw us past lunch on the first day. Lucky for us, where he stopped had beer and really good rice and beans for lunch. We all chowed down and watched him work.

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Above: And here the guy on the right thought he was the ugliest dude in the village

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Above: T2, Wheelie, Viktory, T1… faces not even their mothers could love

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Above: Sprout and Appy looking decidedly happy

By the time SteeVo pulled his finger out and finished the puncture repair job, it was pushing 3PM. I was still eager to climb the mountain standing in front of us, so I started leading the group up the slope. It was horrible going, full of rolling rocks and no discernable trail to follow. At some point, Ajax reminds me that it’s getting late, so we abandon ship and head back to the main road where we just gotta sit on the throttles and blast.

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Above: Waiting for a decision

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Above: The big road aiming North West. I may have had it harder in the morning, but I was smiling now

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Above: Of course we have to get another puncture: Winner – Viktory!

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Above: Herds of Zebra along the way and a massively swollen seasonal lake

The big road broke down into two sections: Section 1 went Northwest almost straight at Oldonyo Lengai, along the southern flank of the mountain I think they call Ketumbeine. It was harrowing! The pics show how smooth it is, and it was nearly arrow-straight, but every so often there were washouts that were very deep and very wide. Miss one of those in the dust and you’re a gonner.

The second section turned essentially South toward Mto wa Mbu town and was just as fast and just as harrowing. We raced along watching for washouts as the clouds and late afternoon sun played over the escarpment to the west. It wasn’t the best riding, but the sensation of flying through that landscape was fantastic.

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Above: At the junction, Oldonyo Lengai is the perfect cone in the background.... The XR650R is the perfect bike in the foreground.

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Above: The escarpment that contains the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengetti National Park

With so many bikers on a big, dusty road, it was inevitable we’d get spread way out. Eventually Appy got a puncture, so I led a smaller group ahead and we all regrouped at the tarmac at Mto wa Mbu for the short, twisty blast up to Karatu where cold beers and a buffet dinner were waiting!

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Above: Parting shot on the way to Mto wa Mbu

That evening, half the team was asleep at dinner and in bed before desert. The combination of the hard sections in the morning and the arguably harder long, fast stuff in the afternoon had tuckered the little fellas clean out.

Get your rest, ladies. Tomorrow’s another doozy.

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Title: Karatu to Babati through the valley and the forest
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 10:59:12 am
I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I heard Ajax and SteeVo clumping down the path toward the buffet and the prospect of a cup of coffee got me moving.

To my surprise, the whole bunch of us got our acts together in good time and bikes were idling in the parking lot before 9AM. As is our custom, we lined up to have a group pic taken, and as luck would have it, Get-It’s bike decided to pick precisely that moment to start a small fire behind the headlight mask. Absolute comic gold! Sorting that out took a minute or two more and then we fueled up and got underway. Our destination: a deserted valley between Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara that promised some pretty remote riding.

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Above: Get-It’s smokey startup, the fix, the petrol queue

In the first hour of the day, we had a casualty. Poor Appy’s DRZ 400 committed hari-kari on the road. I don’t yet know what happened to her internals, but she was pronounced dead at the scene and we promptly told Appy to kiss our ass, and left him there to be eaten by lions. The rest of us shook the cobwebs out of our helmets on a pretty but not energizing bit of dirt leading South. The sun was out and the world was ours.

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Above: Viktory was really warming up… his comedy routine was as non-stop as his smoking

Soon enough we descended into the valley. The track was great. Rocky in sections, smooth in others, washouts and big trees all over the place. People were warming up and the throttles were loose. The ecology had changed and suddenly there were baobabs and huge acacias everywhere. We rolled deeper into the valley until we hit a potential track I’d plotted into a dry riverbed, but it was a boulder field and common sense won out: we would give it a miss. Most of the KTMs didn’t have enough fuel to play in that kind of place for long, and I was not keen to lift the Pig through there either.

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Above: Wheelie on the down-track

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Above: Some of the largest and most beautiful baobabs I’ve seen live in that valley

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Above: The “riverbed” I was more than happy to give a miss

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We continued down the ever-narrow track until we popped out onto a very wide sand riverbed. We played around on it awhile before zipping back into the shad for a bit of a rest, and to let Viktor continue his comedy routine. Guys climbed trees, hugged trees, peed on trees… Wheelie and TS1 had a moment with some flowers. Sprout won the day with a bag of Snickers. It was a thing of beauty. Afterward, we zig-zagged through the forest, drifting wheels around the trees to a duka with some petrol in plastic bottles before ripping up the rocky ascent to Dongobesh where we took an unscheduled stop to let one of the TanSwiss brothers repair his first puncture of the trip. Thank goodness there was beer.

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Above: Playing on the big sand playground

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Above: Snack time at high-noon in the Hadza Valley

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Above: Goofing around

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Above: Flower children

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Above: Petrol duka in the middle of nowhere

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Above: Team TanSwiss farting around fixing a flat

to be continued....
Title: Karatu to Babati via the valley and forest continued
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 11:08:29 am
After Dongobesh, everything got interesting very quickly. I’d located a track that climbs up to, and down through a forested area, popping out just upstream from Babati where we were planning to sleep. Ajax and I were keen to explore that area, so I took off with gusto… leading the Orange mob was like being chased by a pack of rabid squirrels. We ripped through fields, up and around and down and through. I had the fever, so when I saw a slightly wet area at the bottom of the next hill, I just went for it… unfortunately for me, it was either too deep or I was going too slow. I made an abrupt stop, bonked my boys on the tank and nearly fell into the water. To hide my shame, I climbed up on the bike as quickly as I could and did my best Usain Bolt impression, but it turned out looking like I was signaling the arrival of a massive fart.

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Above: And here I thought I’d picked the perfect line

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Above: I read somewhere that Pigs love water… well mine is a crappy swimmer

This incident required a bit of faffing about. Get-It bravely volunteered to help me climb back into the water to steady the bike as the rest of the lazy boys pulled like 9 week-old dachshund puppies on a tow-rope tied to the rack. This process nearly drowned Get-It who slipped under the Pig, who as he found out, doesn’t float worth a damn, despite the gigantic buoy attached to it. We got the old girl out, but she wouldn’t start without a bit of help. We lifted her up and drained the water out, SteeVo pulled me to the top of the hill and then pushed me back down again. The joy I felt when she revved back to life was precious. On with the ride!

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Above: I love her. I don’t always treat her well, but I love her.

Now rested, the boys were really ready to go. We wisely rode around the swamp and connected to our forest track without further incident. The entry to the forest was little more than a steep goat path, but it grew into what looks like a colonial-era road. It went deep into the forest, up and down hills and around corners slick as grease with a layer of green on top. I couldn’t go fast enough for the Orange hoard so I cut them loose. From all reports later, they had a whopping good time chasing each other down until one of them took a decent digger into the ferns. The place was spectacular.

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Above: Getting into it

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Above: The Orange Hoard telling porky pies

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Above: I was happy to hang back and enjoy the scenery. That slick stuff ain’t for me. Look, Liam, a big tree!

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Above: Happy, muddy bikers in paradise

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Above: This forest had elephant poop on the trail and palm trees in it. Tanzania at its best.

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Above: The views, when you could see them, were breathtaking

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We popped out of the forest and onto a fantastic dirt road winding its way down the contours of the slope. I was back in the lead and giving it all she had, launching off berms and drifting around corners with the puppies nipping at my heels. I don’t think I held the back too much, and if I did, it was for their own good! Some of those corners had steep ledges on the sides and I didn’t fancy trying to drag somebody up from the bottom of the valley (apparently, Wheelie is likely to be the first to try it). We paused briefly to check out the view and then kept blasting down to the valley floor. From there to Babati in no time. At the White Rose Hotel for beers and an all-star 3 starch buffet.

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Above: Climbing up to our viewpoint

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Above: Not disappointed, eh boys?

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Above: Wheelie’s spring-loaded orange grasshopper

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Above: Down in the valley, a tree-lined road

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Above: A decidedly more cautious me was happy to let SteeVo be the first to cross this section

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...to be continued



Title: Karatu to Babati via the valley and the forest continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 11:09:20 am

At the White Rose, it was comic gold. Everybody was jazzed up from what had been a fantastic day of riding. Nobody slept early. Maybe it was due to the constant stream of entertainment. I did a brief cabaret show, Viktor and I did a two-man clown act, and later the staff demonstrated some of that new math with the beer tally which brought out Ajax’s inner demon “That’s not how you fakking do it!”. It was all good fun, fueled by roughly 764 Serengeti Lights, 245 Kilimanjaros, 553 Safaris, 623 Heinekens and a 20L bottle of Konyagi (Official White Rose staff count).

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Above: How on earth can TS2 sit so close to my socks? TS1… that boy can eat!

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Above: The spirit of the nation… oof.

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Above: The bald and the brick-shaped. Look at those muscles, you gorilla, you! Viktory! Viktory!

We all slept like hell and we deserved it.
Title: Babati back to Arusha
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 11:15:50 am
In the morning, blurry vision and predictions from Viktory that it would rain. Shut up already Viktory! Shut up! On the bikes again, we were prepared for a mostly big-track day. It was big, and quick, and not very interesting. We rode under and along the Tarangire National Park boundary, through huge tracts of maize interspersed with sunflower. Viktory slowed us down with a puncture, and we stopped to check out a herd of wildebeest at one point. Otherwise, it was a transport section that couldn’t be helped. BMW riders would have probably thought it was fantastic.

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Above: The conductor and her symphony.

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Above: Lessons in perspective out under a gloomy sky

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Above: Ajax wonders where his life took wrong turn

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Above: Viktory gets a puncture, but SteeVo does the patching… zis is comradery

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Above: sunflowers brightened up some sections of the road

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Above: Viktor shows how hard he hits it… slices rubber right open…

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Above: No, it wasn’t the best track, but I definitely had the most comfortable ride!

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Above: A proper pump in a masai village. Wheelie and TS1 did a mini wheelie demo, but the Masai guys didn’t pay us back with the promised dance competition.

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Above: Wheelie doing his thing

At last, the big track was behind us and we were on smaller roads heading up to town. It was the kind of riding everybody can enjoy. It was quick and washed out. It had turns and riverbeds all over the place. The speed was good and we were making time. Ajax resumed the lead which put me in back as sweeper. I took the opportunity to rest up. I was the only one of the bunch who had another day of riding after this one.

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Above: Starting off on the better tracks

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Above: Smaller tracks = happier bikers

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Above: Another incredible Baobab with leaves… so cool

to be continued....
Title: Babati back to Arusha continued
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 11:19:56 am
Before long we found a junction with decent facilities. It was at the gate to a military base, so there was beer and food ready to go. We all stocked up and got ready to explore a volcanic crater I’d found on Google Earth. Unfortunately for TS2, the KTM he was riding was having electrical issues (shocking!), and despite his brother’s keen interest to help him sort it out in a loving and nurturing way, he politely said “no thanks, dearest bro, I’ll just toodle on home”. Wheelie volunteered to tow him to Arusha and the rest of us climbed what turned out to be a spectacular little crater.

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Above: My lunch and Viktory’s ample frame at the bar

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Above: Climbing up the crater’s outer flank

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Above: The crater rim

The volcano was spectacular. About a kilometer across and several hundred meters deep with cliff faces on several sides, it was really something. There were two obvious tracks leading to the bottom where herders take their animals, but after some reconnaissance work, Ajax and SteeVo decided that it would be best to leave that for another day. They were steep and rubbly tracks… getting down wouldn’t be the problem, it would be getting back up again! I took the opportunity to ride all the way around the crater and it felt like flying. Very cool.

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Above: The Pig contemplates taking the leap

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Above: The crater and Ajax

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It was getting late, thunderstorms were brewing on the edges of the land and we were worn out from a long day. I took the lead again and pieced together a quick little rip up to the TanSwiss boys place through the fields. It had been a hell of a good ride, and we cruised back into Arusha covered in dried mud, dust and stinking to high heaven.

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Above: Making our way through the fields

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Above: The last men standing, a parting shot

That night we met up for food and were treated yet again to Viktory’s unruly monologues. Something about him showing up naked on somebody’s doorstep looking for sugar in the middle of the night then getting lost and peeing in his own tailpipe before breaking off his indicator. I may have the details wrong, but you get the idea. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. It’s really good to know there are a handful of stupid people in the world who like doing the same things I do out here. Boys, it was a pleasure! (Viktory, call me!)

 :snorting:


Title: Returning to Nairobi - Solo from Arusha
Post by: Osadabwa on April 04, 2018, 11:36:05 am
I turned in early, knowing I still had 400KM of riding to do the next day solo. Unfortunately, the day before I’d discovered just as we were coming into Arusha that my clutch cable was breaking. I’d kinked it somehow and the casing was chafing the cable. At the TS brothers place, I installed my spare, but it, too had about half the strands broken. I was in a pickle. My friends suggested I call a local biker who also rides a Pig and could probably help me out. I was hesitant because I didn’t want to bug a stranger on Easter Sunday, but I sent him a message. He immediately wrote back saying karibu, so first thing in the morning I slipped through the mud to his place. We had coffee, shot the breeze, talked bikes and then he took me to his garage and gave me his brand-new spare cable. That was really cool. Thanks!

So, I was back on the road. Unfortunately, it was going to have to be tar. The clutch cable swap had eaten into my time and nighttime rains had made my original plan sketchy at best, so I belted it. I made one detour in Tanzania which had serious promise – a little track going around Longido – but there were deep and recent washouts every few hundred meters that would have made it a very slow process and I needed to make time.

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Above: Out behind Longido, I’ll come back for this track some day

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Above: A Georgia Okeefe worthy moment in the bush

I spent over an hour at the Namanga border this time because I was too stupid not to call my “agent” to bribe me through the process. You ask why corruption exists? Because it works and the bureaucracies don’t. To be honest, it was just a long queue. Once I got to the windows, it was quick quick, and I had a lot of laughs with the Kenyan women in line behind me who thought I was the weirdest thing they’d ever seen. Hell, I thought they were weird… they’d taken a taxi from Murang’a to friggin Burundi!

Anyway, once I got back on my home turf, I screwed the throttle on and hit the dirt. I raced the riverbed again, but the combined effort of the previous days riding had worn me out. I had some close calls with the now bald rear tire wanting to lowside in the sand, so I was forced to chill a bit. I was really tired and I knew it. I popped an ibuprofen at some point and had some food, but I still had a tough time. Not to say that I’d slowed down at all, just that it was less sensible to be flying along like that.

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Above: Back up the rocky stuff to the sand river beyond

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Above: Me and my Piggie. Good piggy. Good bike.

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Above: The trip in pretty colors – 5.5  days, 1605 km… time for an oil change and a new rear tire!

I rode 220km of dirt essentially without stopping. I had the earplugs in and was pushing the pig hard to get me home. I had one or two notable close calls but kept the rubber side down. Probably the most dangerous part of the whole ride was once I was home, cleaned up and in my 4x4 going to the shops… I was still driving like I was on the bike! Look out people, I’m coming through!

Until the next one. Ride well everybody!

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: 0012 on April 04, 2018, 12:27:35 pm
absolutely fantastic as always!!!   :thumleft:   :thumleft:   :thumleft:

thanks very much for the time and effort put into these RRs   ;D
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on April 04, 2018, 07:23:42 pm
Brilliant!
Thanks, lovely riding, and great report :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on April 04, 2018, 08:43:29 pm
Thank you, good as always!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 05, 2018, 08:56:14 am
Brilliant report, thanks very much! :thumleft:
Title: 2018 04 - Bonus trip!
Post by: Osadabwa on April 10, 2018, 08:20:55 am
I thought I was through riding for the holiday, but Clarke called and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. “Drive up to Laikipia. My bikes are here. I suggest we go ride them for a few days down through Borana and around to Ol Olokwe." Now that’s a good suggestion, old bean! Tally ho!

After four hours of wanting to murder every person in a car from Narobi to Laikipia, I arrived ready to ride. We lunched with his folks at their lovely home nestled in the bush, did a quick oil change on the XRR and went off up the muddy forested foot of Mt. Kenya. It was a swamp, and lots of fun. It was impressive just how close to home Clarke has elephant, as seen by their droppings, and, sadly by a pile of sun bleached bones.

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Above: Clarke changes his oil (for the first time himself), a quick ride out into the swampy bush, and the name of Clarke’s spanners… one has to wonder: Why does a Honda man keep imperial wrenches, and King Dick? Really?

At 5:30 the next morning, we were up and moving around. I was assigned cook detail and fried up some bacon and eggs for sandwiches we’d eat on the way. It had rained slightly in the night, but we were lucky to find the sky open and soaring. So, packed up, we shot down the road to Timau for fuel and turned North into the community rangelands.

The tracks were fantastic. We picked our way along a web of dirt roads, riverbeds and goat paths on our way to the main Dol Dol road that cuts through one of the wildlife conservation areas, stopping briefly on a rocky outcrop to take in the view and devour our bacon and egg sandwiches.

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Above: Conservation land on the left, community land on the right. A deep trench and a fence is supposed to keep out illegal grazing. I’m skeptical.

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Above: A nice breakfast spot

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Above: We paralleled a sandy riverbed with steep sides for several kilometers

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Above: After a bit of riverbed and hillside, we climbed out to follow the ridges. Goat paths led us where we needed to go.

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Above: The season had brought out the wildflowers

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Above: Through the public road corridor. Spikey electric fences on either side are meant to keep wildlife in and animals and people out. They were broken in many stretches.

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Above: Clarke taking in the view from above

The road eventually led us to Dol Dol where we paused to top up the tanks and have a soda. From there, our plan was to angle across to Kipsing, a tiny little name holder on the map on the edge of a sand river. The year before, I’d ridden down the sand river to Kipsing with some others, but the recent rains and word of intra-tribal conflict among the Samburu there led us to take a detour around. It was no hardship. Once we found the road, we were in for a treat. The road was rough and challenging to ride and afforded spectacular views of the valley below.

to be continued...


Title: bonus ride continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 10, 2018, 08:27:26 am
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Above: Clarke quizzing the local Samburu kids for the road to Kipsing

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Above: These signs adorn every infrastructure project. We laughed at the Contractor and Awareness

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Above: Que the beautiful views

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Above: Good thing the Housewifes Contractor had recently improved the road…

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Above: Take a moment to appreciate Clarke’s riding attire: Khakis, hiking boots, a Barber jacket and  a military-style backpack holding seven hundred pounds of stuff… he’s special, is our Clarke.

The descent was fantastic and dropped us down into that maze of green acacias. For a while we faithfully followed a double-track through the trees, crossing riverbeds and weaving around through small villages. At some point, we lost track of it, however, and did a bit of bundu-bashing through the scrub until we reconnected with the track and cruised over to Kipsing.

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Above: Panyapanyaing through the bush in search of the track

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Above: The lugga near Kipsing

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Above: Kipsing scenes – temporary shelters abandoned who knows why, and camels down in the lugga

Back on a main track, we were making good progress toward the Barsalinga bridge that spans the Ewaso Nyiro river. The track was fantastic riding. Good enough condition to be quick, but rutted and jumbled with stones in places to keep you honest. We passed a convoy of Samburu youth, all dolled up in their headdresses and robes, spears in hands on their way someplace. Maybe a circumcision ritual, I don’t know… but the sight was something else; three guys apiece on small motorbikes whipping through the bush, three bright feathers on their heads whipping in the wind.

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Above: On the desert floor, views over to the Mathews Range

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Above: The Barsalinga bridge over the Ewaso Nyiro

Our turnoff toward Wamba was just six kilometers from the bridge and became another highlight of the day’s ride. The previous year, I had somehow taken my group to a very wide, very fast murram road that linked Maralal and Wamba, but this year we found a smaller one. It aimed directly at the distinctive pyramid-shaped hill with the nipple on top, where it forked off to Archer’s Post on one side and Wamba on the other. Because we were unsure of our fuel, we opted for the Wamba branch. I’m really glad we did.

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Above: Bluffs on the horizon

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Above: The chilly nipple

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Above: Thunderstorms breaking through in the afternoon heat

...to be continued...


Title: bonus ride continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 10, 2018, 08:31:00 am
In Wamba we needed to make a decision. It was after three and if we were going to camp somewhere, we needed to decide where that would be, get some drinking water and get going. After a lot of hemming and hawing, we finally decided to try to find the Kitich Camp in the Mathew’s mountains. So, ready to go, we were victim’s of Sod’s Law… Clarke had a puncture. And, Clarke being unused to manual labor (at least at his own hand), he had the Wamba puncture crew do the honors. They were very efficient… pulled the tube out the side of the tire and patched it on the spot in the rain. In no time, we were off again.

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Above: Clarke supervises from the shelter as the puncture guys do their thing

We left Wamba at 4pm armed with a vague knowledge of Kitich Camp’s location and an estimate that it was 45km or so up the road. I was eager for a beer, now that we’d chosen to stay at an organized campsite, so I was hot on the throttle, drifting little corners and flying through the fantastic landscape. Clarke was toodling along taking his sweet time which gave me a chance to take lots of photos at golden hour.

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Above: With Wamba behind us, on our way into the Mathews. A Kitich roadmarker tells us we’re on the right track.

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Above: There’s nothing like the Mathew’s in the evening

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Above: The farther along we went, the poorer the road got, but the more fun the riding

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Above: Deep green everywhere and some odd looking unfamiliar trees

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Above: Getting on to five O’clock now, we’d better be getting close

The road was so washed out in places that I was not surprised to find only caretakers at the overgrown camp. They were closed for the season, so we’d have to rough it after all. We moved away from the camp and set ourselves up in a beautiful grassy meadow by the stream. Tents up, we got a fire going and took a dip in the river, with catfish nibbling at the dead skin on our toes. A real luxury spa treatment!

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Above: Our Mathew’s campsite

In that incredibly large rucksack of his, Clarke pulls out a veritable feast. In addition to the bread I’d brought, he had brie, blue cheese, a pound of butter (yes… that one made me buckle over with laughter, especially given it’s state after a day on the road) and a half kg of fillet steak. We skewered the steaks and cooked them up nicely on the open fire. Fireflies played in the long grass, hyena whooped in the distance and the stars made an appearance overhead. Kenya at her absolute best.

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Above: Dinnertime




Title: 2018 04 - Bonus ride day 2
Post by: Osadabwa on April 10, 2018, 08:39:08 am
That night it rained hard. My little one-man tent rang with the sound of the drops on the fly but I was dry and cozy all the same. In the morning, Clarke found himself fairly damp. Apparently, the make-shift lean-to rainfly he’d erected over the dodgy military mosquito tent lacked the required impermeability and all of his things were soaked. Clarke being his usual undaunted self, packed everything up in that rucksack (imagine how it must have weighed full of wet clothes) and set off on the bike in shorts, trainers (no socks) and a t-shirt… as you do.

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Above: One last look at the morning’s camp… some hyena tracks on the muddy road

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Above: Fantastic riding, wonderful scenery (kick-ass bike too!)

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Above: Clarke fords a stream

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Above: Clarke’s spring collection biking attire on display above the rolling valleys

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Above: And the Red Red Robbin goes Bob Bob Bobbin alooooong....

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Above: A fireplace marks the sight of something grand. I always feel a sense of loss when I see something like this… the place would have had a beautiful view of the mountains.

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Above: We shared the road with camels in spots

The evening before, I tried my best to convince Clarke to ride to Ngurunit via the Milgis Lugga. We were already a third of the way into the Mathews Range, and riding the rest of it would have been a dream with the weather we were having. The lugga too would have been fantastic, assuming it wasn’t too wet. But all of a sudden, we needed to be getting back, and some errands had emerged that I didn’t remember hearing about when we were setting off. Anyway, it was decided instead to return to Wamba and make our way to Ol Olokwe, which in fairness was the original destination of our trip.

On our way back to Wamba, near the turnoff, we spotted a stone monolith and Clarke suggested we see if it could be climbed. At first it looked doable, then up close it looked damn steep. But since it was bone-dry, the grip was amazing and we scooted right up to the top and were rewarded with a commanding view of the world. The clear skies gave the impression of being embedded in crystal. We could see Mt. Kenya 130 km away. Fantastic.

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Above: Clarke rides up the stone

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Above: We stopped mid-way

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Above: The bikes enjoying the view

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Above: Scrambling on foot to the very top

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Above: Clarke looks out to Mt. Kenya

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Above: Back toward Wamba… the camera doesn’t differentiate between the stone’s cliff face and the acacias below

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Above: Coming back down

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Above: Last pics from the rocky top

...to be continued...
Title: Day 2 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 10, 2018, 08:47:11 am
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Above: Clarke with our rock in the background. Notice where the rucksack is… having broken his shoulders and back the day before, Clarke was now carrying the rucksack on his lap. This of course kept him from being able to stand or ride aggressively, but in shorts, maybe that’s not a swell plan anyway. Also, Clarke said: You know, I like to take it easy; look at the trees and things!

After our climb on the big rock, it was time for a bit of breakfast in Wamba. I was skeptical of finding something palatable but was pleasantly surprised when with what Gifto’s had to offer: fresh chapati and eggs hit the spot.

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Above: Be patient, God has great plans for you… Clarke

After breakfast, we set our sights on Ol Olokwe, otherwise known as Sebache, a massive stone monolith that juts out of the plains directly in the path of the Great North Road that your more unimaginative African overland bikers will have seen on their way from Capetown to Cairo. We planned to drop our kit at the little campsite nearby and explore a bit more on the bikes.

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Above: Infrastructure in the ASAL

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Above: Finish grading the road yet? "But boss, we got a puncha!"

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Above: Ol Olokwe in profile

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Above: At the intersection with the tar road. It’s amazing how civilized a good tar road makes a place feel. And this one has stripes on it! Bring your superbikes boys, BMWs welcome!

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Above: Clarke at Sebache’s foot

The Sebache campsite, situated in a beautiful corner wedged between the two great cliffs of Ol Olokwe, is one of the biggest missed opportunities in Kenya. In short, it’s really ugly. Everything is run down, but that doesn’t even matter. What irks is that they haven’t managed to use the natural environment as an asset. You have to struggle to get to a place in the camp with a nice view of the cliffs or the valley. With all the increased traffic the tar road will bring, I hope they reinvest some of the revenue into fixing the place up a bit. Still, the staff were friendly and helpful and let us put our tents far away from the dining area down among the trees with a view of the cliffs.

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Above: At the camp, a quick cold one before setting up the tent and heading out for an afternoon ride

Having snacked a bit for lunch, we set off to climb Ol Olokwe. Okay, not the main bit… that would have taken a special effort that we weren’t up for. Instead, we found the road that had been scratched in the side of the mountain leading to the cell phone towers that now stand for all to see on one shoulder of the mountain. For a quick blat, it was just the right amount of tricky. The cell companies clearly don’t maintain the road often, so it was great fun, and the views, again, were amazing.

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Above: Clarke demonstrates proper riding technique and attire… good thing you got your knuckles covered there Clarke!

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Above: With his workers on strike, Farmer Clarke has no choice but to herd his cattle up the ranch road himself.

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Above: Now that’s a view

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Above: It was hot up there in the mid afternoon

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Above: A couple more outstanding features visible from the road down

Back at camp, I showered up while Clarke fussed and fiddled with his jua kali tent arrangement. The place we camped was beneath a lovely canopy of trees with the mountain looming overhead. As evening drew down, we zipped back up to the camp HQ for a couple ice-cold beers (it pays to pre-order these), and a nice chicken dinner. I think we were asleep at eight thirty.

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Above: Clarke pleased with his setup… me, I’m a bit skeptical





Title: Bonus ride day 3 - the scoot back home
Post by: Osadabwa on April 10, 2018, 08:53:36 am
At dawn, I was up and ready to go. We’d already agreed to just slide up the tar 150 km to Nanyuki, so the riding would be non-existent, but I figured it would be nicer to go early when the desert is at her most beautiful. We weren’t disappointed. Eventually Clarke finally, begrudgingly, got his ass out of his sleeping contraption, shooed away a couple of little scorpions from his gear and got on the bike. We set off up the tar road at a leisurely clip, marveling at how far you could see thanks to the the crisp air.

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Above: Perhaps Clarke's unique odor of butter and bullheadedness is what attracted the scorpions...

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Above: Mt Kenya peeks through the clouds in the distance

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Above: A rainbow halo comes through the morning clouds

The riding was lame, to be sure, but I was unprepared for how beautiful the ride itself would be. Climbing up from Isiolo into the organized commercial farms was one of the highlights of the ride. The colors are indescribable. Too many shades of green to count. The fields rolled away over undulating volcanic ground, fringed with bits of forest and lined with cedar posted fences. Back down in the plains, mountain ranges sat quietly in infinite shades of blue and gray. Simply fantastic. Pictures don’t capture it.

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Above: Looking back over the farms to the plains below

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Above: Kenya’s diversity of landscape is unparalleled... look at what we've seen in 3 days of riding

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Above: At the top of the climb, we stopped in for a quick coffee. Nice place, but man the waitress was ugly!

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Above: Back in Nanyuki, we had breakfast at Soames looking out at Mt. Kenya peeking through the clouds.

An excellent way to wrap up the Easter Holidays. Thanks to Clarke for suggesting his suggestions, loaning me his bike and bringing steak, butter and blue cheese on a ride. Please, if you ever need to borrow my bike, just know that it’ll always be unavailable for you, seriously, any time mate!

 :snorting:
Title: Suzuki valve tweak
Post by: Osadabwa on April 16, 2018, 07:32:30 am
An update on the Snoozuki (for you, Faceplant)

Somehow or other, Appy's DRZ400 got hungry and ate both his exhaust valves back on our 2nd day in Tanzania:
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It was a good thing he did it so close to Karatu town... if he'd waited any longer we'd have been deep in the forgotten valley and it wouldn't have been so nice to extricate him.

I suspect the bike died because she was trying to keep up with the Pig.
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Title: I'm dying! Dying I tell you!!
Post by: Osadabwa on May 31, 2018, 07:29:28 pm
Has it been a whole month without a ride!? No! This shall not stand!

Easter was fantastic. So much different terrain between TZ and mid-northern Kenya. But since then, the rains have come in heavy and unrelenting, and I've had to work a lot... insult to injury, that. I've been so depressed, reading through Xpat's exploits (asshole that he is, always riding) and my old reports.

So the Pig has been sitting patiently in the garage. I decided after my swim in the river that the big IMS tank needs to be trip-proofed before I can trust her again in the bush, so in the meantime, miss piggy is wearing her sleek 13L tank for tactical, shorter rides (I'm lucky to get 200km out of that tank). And because my XL600 has been laid up with a leaky gasket (to be sorted directly) I've been riding the Pig in Nairobi which is just hazardous to one's health... All this to say, it's about damn time I get dusty again.

So 7 days hence we're off again for 2 nights out. We'll camp, I think... need to get in some whisky drinking under the stars. But it's Seven. Whole. Days. An eternity.

The bikes are ready, and so are we.

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on June 01, 2018, 07:05:18 pm
Been wondering whats going on :)
looking forward to the next instalment !
Title: 2018 06 - Volcano and Valley
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 10:08:23 am
April showers, and May showers, and friggin’ June showers make for restless bikers! And in case anyone thinks “pshht, a real biker rides in the rain”, they weren’t in Kenya this season. The valley has been absolutely hammered. Roads washed away, lakes appearing where they never were before. It’s been wet. But, finally the deluge turned to drizzle and we organized ourselves for a two-nighter self-contained camping trip to our favorite places: Mt. Suswa, the steaming dormant volcano, and the Ewaso Nyiro “muddy river” down below the Nguruman escarpment. Braaaaap!

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on June 11, 2018, 10:47:12 am
Is that all???

Comon, you can do better!!  :snorting:
Title: First day – Up the Volcano: Mt Suswa
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 12:40:32 pm
Hello there Xpat, glad to see you again. Of course there's more, but with your reports up, everybody's worn out from all the awesome Namibia shit and don't want to see anything from Kenya! But since you trolled so nicely, I'll go ahead and put up the first part now. Since you're so keen, scroll up and see how I spent my Easter holidays... I'm telling you, you need to come to TZ and Kenya again :snorting:

Loaded up, we were ready to leave Nairobi at 2:00 PM on Friday afternoon. Fifteen minutes of dodging potholes and fighting homicidal minibuses and clueless cagers later, we were fueling up and ready to drop into the Rift Valley. Panic and I decided we’d forego riding through the “meadow” because the meadow was now a lake, but somehow the message didn’t reach Frogger. So Panic and I split up and I went back looking for him. Showing a lack of judgment, I decided to follow Frogger's tracks through the aforementioned meadow and got properly soaked by the spray. It’s about twice the length of a football field and the water was axle deep most of the way with a few little dips to freak you out along the way. I made it across and we were soon reunited. The Three Stooges back together.

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Above: Frogger, having gotten lost only seconds after a petrol stop, shows his delight at being found again, knowing he’d never find his way home without us!

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Above: The valley is green and bursting with color. The cows and the Big Red Pigs love it.

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Above: Frogger and Panic tumble down a rough stretch of track

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Above: The fast way to Suswa – a brilliant, very quick dirt road that scratches the throttle’s itch

We were cruising. Keen to be on top of Suswa by late afternoon to drink the beers we’d packed in our bags, we chewed up the kilometers, racing along the dusty scratch in the valley’s green hide. But too much gusto caught both Panic and Frogger out, with the former taking a high speed low-side on an off-camber corner, and the latter ill-advisedly bailing into the soft sandy edge to avoid some cattle and going down. Apparently unscathed apart from bruises and burnished plastics, we blasted on into what was looking like foreboding weather ahead.

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Above: Frogger before and after a little mishap in the sand

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Above: What an amazing place… and finally green again!

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Above: As usual, my bike gets lots of vanity portraits since I’m the only reliable cameraman on these rides. What a beauty.

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Above: When has there ever been water in this river?

We approached the base of Mt. Suswa flying and began battering our way up the volcanic flank. In the distance, Mt. Longonot, usually visible, was engulfed in dark gray clouds. It looked like maybe our evening would be spent hunkering down in tents instead of shooting shit around the fire.

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Above: On Suswa’s flank, Longonot lost in the rain behind

Luckily for us, the rain gods spared our little party! We arrived on top of the volcano to a hazy, breezeless view. The guys up there had organized firewood and a jerry can of water and had swept the site of whistle thorns in advance of our arrival, so we were properly ready to crack open those beers and settle in. I’d bought spiced mishikaki bits from the corner guys in my ‘hood and we cooked it over the fire after tucking in to baguettes and pate courtesy the Frog. What a fantastic place to camp, right on the volcano’s inner rim. The silence of the place was overwhelming when it wasn’t filled with Panic’s contagious laugh. We crashed late and slept fast.

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Above: Arrival beer, to aid with the unpacking

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Above: Camp established on the crater rim

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Above: In our places – Frogger doling out the baguette and pate

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on June 11, 2018, 12:59:28 pm
Nah, it's not me. It's those gripping accounts of lambchops in Oasis and Baviaans, that have taken over.

Kudos to you for perservering with these - I know it gets a bit discouraging when noone watches and comments. And yes, I would love to ride those tracks - just have to figure out a way to make money while skipping that tedious work business. Is there any way to make quick money up there? Any Ponzi scheme I can start that wasn't tried yet?  8)
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on June 11, 2018, 01:16:31 pm
I enjoy your RR’s immencely as I am one of the unlucky ones that does not get time to do much riding!
Between work and short money it is uphill.
My last trip was on Sunday with the wife on the back for a brekkie, slab all the way!
Between you and Xpat and a few others there is at least something interesting going on.
Thanks for your efforts!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Clockwork Orange on June 11, 2018, 01:21:55 pm
Fantastic as always.....That campsite is the dogs bollocks :thumleft:
Title: Second day – To the Ewaso Nyiro
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 02:11:14 pm
Xpat - I mostly do these for myself and for the guys on the ride so when we're old farts we can relive glory days and annoy grandchildren with stories of how everything was better when I was young. I put them in a few places so when the future internet decides to erase Wild Dogs, I still might be able to find them. As for jobs in Kenya, it's tough. They're getting serious about proper immigration protocols again (a perennial thing) so I don't recommend trying to just come and be sneaky. Too bad we can't just make money writing sarcastic ride reports, eh? Anybody want to pay us, oh I dunno, a nice round $50,000 per year (plus expenses) to ride and write?  :laughing4:

Oubones and C.Orange - Cheers boys, here comes the next bit. That campsite is amazing alright. Have been there many times and can't get the feel of it in a photograph. Sadly, the march of progress will destroy the place shortly. There are plans to put a geothermal plant right inside the crater and the local community is fighting amongst themselves to see how they can divvy up the spoils. The Masai guys who run the campsite are worried and unhappy but powerless to do anything. It's gonna get ugly.

Second day – To the Ewaso Nyiro

I was up with the birds. Having failed the night before to repair my leaking air mattress (always check your kit before the ride, boys) I didn’t exactly have a five-star sleep. But, I couldn’t complain. The crater was all mine, steaming quietly in the cool morning as I prepared coffee on Panic’s overzealous East German camp stove. Before long the others crawled out of the tents and we were off, down the other side of the mountain, through the riverbeds and rocky tracks to Najile for fuel.

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Above: Off the other side

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Above: Riverbed riding, nice and compact, great for a drift or two

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Above: It’s technically Adventure Riding I suppose, but closer to race pace!

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Above: Two XRs reminiscing over the past two years of riding these tracks

After Najile, it was supposed to be a straight shot to Oltepesi for a beer and a quick bite. But the rains had made the road a variety show of things: one section was newly graded and fast as a highway, the next section was rocky and eroded, the third was essentially gone… with tracks heading every which way, and the “road” bisected in several places with deep gulches. At one such washout, Frogger managed to roll the chain off the bike, narrowly avoiding disaster as his case saver saved his case.

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Above: Under brooding clouds

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Above: Frogger trying to climb out of the gulley

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Above: Ooooh, but why is ze bike not moviiing?

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Above: Aaah, putain! Ze chain, she is off! Mon dieu! Merde!

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Above: At least the chain didn’t snap. We think it came off as the chainring rubbed against the dirt of the narrow exit ramp. Panic makes use of our travel hammer (this is why we carry one) to straighten Frogger’s case saver which really did save the day.

Having dodged disaster, we were soon enjoying a coldish beer and a delicious plate of rice and beans in a metal shack in Oltepesi. Only one drunken lout bothered us, so all in all it was a successful lunch.

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Above: Frogger takes his medicine

On our way past Olegorsaile to the junction with Mi-46 and the GSU camp, it was another world. The place has become known as Butt-Brothers after the amusingly named farm at the bottom of the valley. Usually it’s a bone-dry fesh-fesh field, blindingly hot and open as you like. This time however, the story was totally different. Head-high grass, birds everywhere, antelope jumping out in front of your wheels. It was a paradise. The usual tracks were much slower though, because you could hardly see them through the green.

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Above: Frogger and I spent a few minutes trying to find a missing Panic in the grasses

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Above: It’s hard to believe there could be such a transistion in a few months. This place is usually a dark-brown, table-flat pan of dust

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It was anything but quick, getting to the larger road junction. Following our old tracks on the GPS sometimes worked, sometimes didn’t. What was a nicely maintained road a few months back looked like a rocky riverbed this time. We popped out on the big dirt and lifted up the dust. It seemed this road, at least had been spared… not so. A bit farther down we found a truck bogged down in deep mud. The guys in the mud gestured us that it was okay to cross, so Panic and I bravely sent our amphibious friend Frogger across to test the depth before following ourselves. It all went smoothly enough and soon we were on the 20km of hot tar to Magadi for another rest.

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Above: Frogger doesn’t go slowly into things as can be seen by that bow wave

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Above: Panic approaching. He had a close call there with a submerged rock, but came out undunked. Sadly, on the short stretch of tar to Magadi, his headlight caught a stone!

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Above: At the Tata Magadi sports club for a cold beverage, Panic shows his mud-covered lid

to be continued... :snorting:
Title: Second day continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 02:29:10 pm
Over a beer at the Sports Club, we plotted our next move. It was getting on in the afternoon, and the heat had us keen to go for a swim in the River at our campsite, if indeed it was even there after all the flooding. So, we decided to go the most direct way, past the Tata Soda factory, across Lake Magadi. However, we didn’t account for the fact that the lake road was also completely submerged! That meant taking the long way around the bottom of the lake, skirting the slippery muddy flats which were also under water and racing up the West side of the lake. And it was fantastic.

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Above: Being turned back from the flooded Lake road, Panic crawls through the caustic sludge that composes Lake Magadi

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Above: Normally, the southern route passes through three wide-open flats. They were completely covered in water this time around though, so we hugged the edges where only bodabodas and goats had gone before.

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Above: Frogger is a good rider, but there's always something new to learn. On this day, he learned to fear the slickness of the Magadi mud! Both Panic and I have seen our asses in that stuff and now fear it, but when I paused to take a photo, Frogger just went zipping past me. Panic saw the result – Frogger hit a slick spot, holds the low-side for awhile and then goes splat, face-down like Superman, spraying foul water everywhere, including in his helmet! I only caught the aftermath.

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Above: Frogger demonstrates how he slid.

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Above: Panic picks his way along the edge of an unusually full Lake Magadi

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Above: Back on solid ground

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Above: Flamingo populations have exploded as a result of the rains

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Above: Me and the Flamingos
Once past the flooded pans, it was time to rip. The road to Oloika is one of my favorites. Open and hard-packed with grainy white pebbles and occasional layers of embedded rock, you can really let rip. We flew through the village and connected to the path leading to Ol Kerimatian and our campsite on the Nyiro. Again, just an absolute pleasure on the Pig. Fast, dusty, sliding, ripping, blasting fun!

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Above: Frogger aims the Big Red Missile at Oloika

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Above: Some local flavor

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Above: It’s more fun to see giraffe outside of game parks and from the saddle of the bike

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Above: Panic leaves a dust trail behind that stretches all the way to Oloika

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Above: The fast stretch up to Ol Kerimatian

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...to be continued again...
Title: second day finishing up.
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 02:31:44 pm
continued...

Jazzed up from our blast up the West side of the lake, we hit the junction to Ol Kerimatian near the Ewaso bridge and began looking for our campsite. Normally, the ground is bare, with not a shred of vegetation. This time, it was guided with knee-high dried grass glowing in the afternoon sunlight. We made a bee-line to the campsite and were surprised how much it had changed. There was a steep drop-off leading down to the sand bar with some incredibly deep and large elephant footprints embedded in the dried mud. He must have been a serious tusker. And the flanks of the river had been shredded. Trees were down, the island opposite the camp (known as Rawlence’s Folly) had been wiped clean by the force of the water.

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Above: Looking for the campsite

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Above: Panic surveys the campsite and Frogger marvels at the size of the ele tracks leading down
The question became: should we ride down like usual and risk getting stuck, or should we leave the bikes up above. Panic voted for the latter, Frogger and I went for the former. It was going to be a risk getting back up, but it was worth taking.

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Above: Frogger takes the direct approach...

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Above: And fails to extricate himself again. No way. We’ll have to make another plan in the morning. But first, it’s time to chill and swim in the river.

Frogger immediately set to washing the stink out of his gear and we all took a nice cool dip in the muddy waters. It is such a wonderful camp, with a sandbank on the double horseshoe bend in the river. Before long, we pulled out the remains of the baguette and pate, got some sausages on the driftwood fire, and settled down with a little Black Label and some Dire Straits on Panic’s little portable speaker. Stars came and went, bugs buzzed our ears and the sound of the river bubbled in the background. By nine we were all dead to the world.

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Above: The campsite – ever changing, somehow always the same

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Above: Frogger’s spot (don't ask me why he's always showing his ass)

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Above: Evening coming down

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Above: Pate first

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Above: Panic organizes the German Sausages

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on June 11, 2018, 02:43:29 pm
Nice trip. Always good to see water
Title: Third day – the long ride home
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 02:53:40 pm
Morning came early. I’d had another stiff night on the hard ground so I was again up making coffee with the birds. We all were keen to move before the heat set in, and were mindful that we had to extricate the two bikes from their sandy prison.

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Above: Another view of the elephant prints, and the lovely gold-green morning light

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Above: The two bikes, ready to climb out of the river
The elephant had taken an angled approach to the river which we would exploit as our exit ramp. I kicked down some of the bigger ledges made by his enormous feet and the ramp was looking pretty good. I was the first to go and made a pretty good show of it, but Frogger was a real spectacle. First he missed the entry and ended up off-balance, then he kicked up into the sandy bits off the track, but he kept his skinny ass over the seat and the throttle open and roosted his way to the top in epic fashion.

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Above: I love that sequence. Braaaap!

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Above: Me packed and ready to rock

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Above: Panic watches Frogger approach through the golden morning light

I was psyched to be returning down the West Lake road to Oloika. It was so lovely the afternoon before, I couldn’t wait to do it again. We flew along, making good time, only stopping for a few pics and then to change a puncture – Frogger managed to pick up a piece of wire in his rear tyre which even the Oko couldn’t keep sealed forever.

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Above: Frogger absolutely destroying the fesh fesh

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Above: The closeup (soon to become all of Frogger's social media avatars... don't forget WhatsApp!)

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Above: In the distance, the extinct volcano which would be our exit from the valley

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Above: Mt Shompole rises up behind the Kenya BRP’s current favorite tyre: Bridgestone Gritty ED78

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Above: Frogger bitches and moans and sort of fixes his flat (with considerable help from Panic and I, tools he didn’t have, a pump etc… our Frogger is still just a young lad you know). "Uuugh zis is not funnY, zis is BorING..." etc.

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Above: Poor-man’s areal footage from atop an anthill

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Above: Leaving the fix-a-flat zone. A small clutch of kids who respectfully gave us plenty of space.

To be continued...

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Title: Third day continued. And that's a wrap.
Post by: Osadabwa on June 11, 2018, 02:59:24 pm
Past Oloika, right up into the blown-out volcano exit to Torosei. It’s a track I have grown to increasingly love. It’s rough, with lots of rolling, fist and BB sized stones, a few proper rocky sections and a nice fast drifting stretch close to Torosei. The early light had me jazzed up, but I could tell my compadres were not in the same mood. Frogger was bitching and Panic was silent. We needed to hurry to Torosei to get Frogger a beer.

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Above: The start of the climb

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Above: Though not feeling overly energetic, Frogger was rocking whenever the camera came out, launching through the stony sections like a boss

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Above: Panic cuts an imposing figure doesn’t he?

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Above: Leaving the volcano hills

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Above: Steep climbs with loose stones just get eaten up on the Pig

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Above: Panic on an easy Sunday toodle

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Above: Frogger gets an ouchie on his schnoot

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Above: At last, a coolish beer at Torosei to see us through to lunch (yep, it was 10:30 AM, don't judge us)

As often happens, when the riding gets really great, the throttle hand can’t be uncoupled from the grip, so photos suffer. So was the case leaving Torosei. The rest had had the rejuvenating effect we hoped it would have, and the road – a total disaster in places with huge gullies washing it away – was just excellent. Frogger and I were in an all-out race, ripping down the track, skidding to a near-death stop in front of washouts, hammering into dips and over jumps… freaking wicked. But no pics as a consequence.

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Above: One pic, waaay down the road from Torosei

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Above: At Olepolos, 100 km from Torosei, Frogger and I pull in for a Kuku choma and another White Cap while Panic races home to be on time for a family outing. We thought the ride was over, that we’d take it easy puttering back home… it’s always the same.

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Above: We had to see if the road we know as Ngong 1 was really as badly washed out as Panic said. It was. There were at least 5 places where the road was cut clean through and only goat paths remained. One wanted to keep Frogger and I was treated to a very comical set of events ending with him under the bike.

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Above: Frogger got the bike started again and made this valliant effort, but he still ended up on his ass. It was fun to watch, but he was knackered, so I rode the bike the rest of the way.

We flew the rest of the way home. There was nothing slow or steady about it. I did chill out when I got back in the crosshairs of the cars and matatus though, and slid into home happy as hell. Even my broken sub-frame didn’t phase me too much (since I have a spare… thanks Faceplant!).

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Above: Layers of mud and my broken sub-frame – split in half at a weak point created some time ago. I’ll pull it off, have an airplane welder do his thing… in the meantime, I’ll use my spare.

Pretty amazing bit of riding for a quick 2 1/2 day ride straight out of the garage. Until next time, I’ll end like I started: Braaaaap!


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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: eSKaPe on June 11, 2018, 03:27:22 pm
Looks like the best kind of fun!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: aka.Goliath on June 11, 2018, 09:25:50 pm
Thanks I really enjoyed that. Your writing is really good. Now I have to figure out how to get Namibia and Kenya into my year end ride.
Title: 2018 07 - Gutting the valley
Post by: Osadabwa on July 28, 2018, 08:35:01 pm
The Kenyan “winter” finally let up. The gray skies vanished and out came the sun. Time to braap. Panic and I hit the valley in search of the trail we chose to abandon some months ago due to excessive amount of dihydrogen monoxide flowing around. The track, once we found it, was a hodge-podge of rocks, riverbeds overgrown weedy grassy patches and more rocks. The Pigs ate it all up of course, but it was not exactly toe-curling stuff, mostly due to the grass keeping the speeds low. In a few months we’ll have another go, after the Masai have denuded the place with their sacred beasts.

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Above: A particularly rocky riverbed… I spilled the Pig and dented my fancy-pants header in the process

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Above: Some of the grass had a 4x4 track squashing it down, but most of it did not.

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Above: The Rift Valley has endless ridges of volcanic stone running in parallel lines draining down toward L. Magadi. This one was similar to many others, but new to us.

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Above: I spooked the baboons out of the tall grass. As I approached, they jumped straight in the air to get a look at me like a baboon game of Whack-A-Mole before sprinting directly up the rock face

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Above: One highlight was a brief sandy wash that was a hoot to braap through. We hoped it would take us all the way to the end of the valley, but no such luck.

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Above: Me drifting along, singing a song… love that Piggy!

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Above: Panic toward the end of the wash.

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Above: Several times we wound up weed-whacking our way through, following animal tracks as much as we could, but bee-lining it at times.

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Above: And then, in the middle of nowhere – a fence. It had taught wire, proper posts and even metal gates, but not a single road leading to it that we could see. Some rich Masai’s retirement plot maybe.

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Above: Uncharacteristically, there was a sizeable lake out there too. The last rainy season really was off the charts

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Above: These Dr. Seuss looking buggars are pokey as hell

It took three hours or so to reach Mile 46 via the new track. By then it was after noon and we were parched. The little railway stop in the bush was bustling with a weekly market. Red bedecked Masai swarmed the market stalls for veggies and fruit, clothes, long-life mobile phones etc. We passed it all by in search of a beer. Toodling all the way down the line of shoulder-to-shoulder concrete shacks, everything that said “Bar” or “Pub” was closed up, but in the window of one, I spotted an old fella drinking a Tusker and we invited ourselves in via the back. The owner was pleased to serve us and it was an absolute pleasure to have a rest in a quiet, cool place devoid of idiots and drunks.

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Above: Panic at the Mi-46 bar

The beer whetted our appetite, so we set a course for Olepolos, the perennial favorite nyama joint back up the valley the way we’d come. This time, we’d take the bigger road. It was Pig heaven. So fast, so rocky, so wonderful. I rocketed ahead until my pannier came loose and Panic whipped past without so much as a how-do-you-do. By the time I was done, I could just hear his engine in the distance. The race was on. I was sure I’d reel him in soon. Not a chance. He was gunning it. Balls to the wall we crushed the track, feeling so connected to the bikes it was fantastic. I eventually caught up and he waved me past, but I couldn't shake him off my tail. There were some narrow escapes, a close call with a truck and a handful of bar-twisting, teeth rattling clangers, but nothing could stop the race. We reached Olepolos in a third of the time it took us to get to Mile-46.

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Above: The kuku choma at Olepolos is second to none after a day out gutting the valley

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on July 29, 2018, 07:23:18 am
Great riding, again!
Lovely country and good riding mates you got there.
Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on July 29, 2018, 11:58:13 am
Devoid of idiots and drunks.....Hunter, you've changed.

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Title: First time ever...
Post by: Osadabwa on July 29, 2018, 04:15:40 pm
It may be the first time ever Steveindar has a point! Usually I surround myself with both idiots and drunks!

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: steveindar on July 29, 2018, 04:38:52 pm
Lowest common denominator wins every time
It may be the first time ever Steveindar has a point! Usually I surround myself with both idiots and drunks!

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Title: 2018 08 - 2 Nighter out with Wry and Panic
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2018, 03:39:34 pm
Wry, Panic and I cut out for two nights. Leaving Friday just after 13:30, we needed to make time. Opening the throttles and keeping them that way, we didn’t do much gawking. The route was nothing new, but we usually don’t try to do it in such a short timeframe. In six hours we needed to leave Karen, blast Ngong 1, rock down to Mi-46 for fuel, race to Torosei, split the volcano at Oloika for water and plough the fesh fields up to Ol Kirimatian and our beloved riverbed campsite. Giddyup.

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Above: 13:40 - Wry and a Matatu on the Pipeline road

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Above: Panic on what was briefly a spotless bike

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Above: Me avoiding traffic

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Above: 14:20 - Hot pokers showing through the already drying valley scrub

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Above: 14:45 - Panic warming up

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Above: 15:20 - Sand and stones and Big Red Pigs

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Above: Torosei road still looking grim

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Above: 16:20 - Marbles on the hard pan down the volcano track. From Torosei to the volcano is surprisingly quick, but you better watch yourself on those little pebbly bastards.

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Above: Into the blasted-out volcano and into the sun. Judging by the tracks, I’d say only a handful of goats, a cow or two, some pedestrians and a pair of bodas have been this way recently.

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Above: Wry in the volcano

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Above: Out the West side of Ol’Longomot. We chiseled our way through in no time. I really enjoy fast-paced riding, and with three guys of equal abilities, you can really chew up the miles.

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Above: 17:05 - Leaving the volcano behind

To be continued...
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on August 13, 2018, 07:35:33 pm
Waiting!
Soon, Soon come in! :imaposer: :pot:
Title: continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2018, 07:44:52 pm
Oubones... look up one post. I edited my place-holder.

Continued...

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Above: Oloika for a quick coke and to take on water for the night. We were in high spirits, having made it a long way in a short time. Barring any screwups, we’d be at the riverbed just in time for a sundowner.

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Above: 17:30 - Three bikes make a dusty gap from Oloika in the distance. The Masai ladies in fancy dress didn’t know which way to run.

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Above: Mt Shompole looking on the desiccated plains. Amazing how dry it’s gotten already. It’s only a month since the rain stopped.

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Above: 17:38 - Steel-eyed Panic tells me I have a puncture… muppet… so much for no screw-ups.

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Above: Lucky for us, fixing a hole in the tire from the rim lock was a breeze with the TuBliss system. I hadn’t noticed the thing was low on pressure til Painc saw Oko spewing out. As usual, I’d hit the tire at the rimlock hard enough to cut through. There was another smaller hole on the other side (classic snakebite, but through the tire!) that was smaller and the Oko eventually stopped the leak there.

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Above: 17:43 - It ain’t pretty, but it saved us at least half an hour and it was already closing in on dusk. Over the next 2 days, I only added air once.

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Above: The bit between L. Magadi and the Ewaso Nyiro is wide, flat-out sections interspersed with fesh-fesh mines. It’s so much fun to blast in the evening.

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Above: If there’s something better than riding fast through an African sunset, I’d like to know what it is.

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Above: 18:20 – Ten minutes before this dusty pic, my bike wouldn’t start. I kicked a million times and eventually let Panic have a go. Nothing seemed to matter, but eventually she started up. I had worn myself out completely by this time, but we were so close to camp it was okay… until I unhappily saw my ass in the dust. I’d been looking at my GPS, navigating slowly on a sandy 2-track when the front end just washed out against a rut. I was not best pleased (particularly since Wry insisted on taking a photo), but we were home free by that point and the muddy river was waiting to cool my burning head and soothe my bruised ego.

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Above: Night scenes.

Before darkness set in, several things happened: Panic and I set up our tents, unpacked our crap, organized the cooking area and had a nice long soak in the cool water. In that same time, Wry faffed around with a fancy hammock he’d brought (tents, he maintained, were for suckers). Turns out trying to find a place to hang the thing was rather tricky. But, by nightfall we were all happily installed around the fire, dining on foie gras, baguettes and mishikaki. As the stars came and went, we listened to each other’s tales and lies until the Litre of Black Label ran out and we swerved to our respective sleeping areas. It was pure drunken joy watching Wry try to insert himself into the hammock… like a mentally-challenged alien trying to crawl back into his mother’s womb.

I slept like a lungfish in a sandbox.

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on August 13, 2018, 08:14:29 pm
Lekker :thumleft:
Title: Day 2 - Up the Mau to Naivasha
Post by: Osadabwa on August 14, 2018, 07:04:24 am
I was shocked to have slept til 7, but not surprised to find difficulty focusing my vision. Panic was already up and had the East German rocket engine going for coffee. Wry was still hanging in his sideways cocoon, but I was there to witness his metamorphosis. Much like the emergence of a butterfly from her chrysalis, the birth of Wry from his hammock was a slow process. Quite unlike the majestic butterfly, however, what emerged from the sack was even more grotesque than what had gone in!

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Above: Wry’s eye view of our camp… note how nicely the tents rest on terra firma, out under the open sky, close to the babbling brook

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Above: Dear God the horror!

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Above: L: Enjoying a cup of instant, using the bike for support. R: Wry’s ride and camp

In stark contrast to the constant hurry of the previous day, now we were just plain slow. Fortunately, the weather gods knew we could ill-afford too bright a dawn, so they mercifully drew a curtain of cloud over the scene and left it there until we were kitted up and on the road. (There was nothing to be done about the roar of the XRs however.) As was the case last time we were here, the exit was tricky: river stones on sand gave no decent run-up to the feshy ascent out of the riverbed, but one by one we ungracefully extricated ourselves and our kit.

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Above: Panic leaving camp

Having fueled in Kalema, we set off for the rocky bulldozer scratch to Mosiro. In no rush, we nevertheless made very good time of it, pausing only occasionally to catch our breath, attempt to roost one-another, or fight my bike back to life after she stalled. It was perplexing: the XR is as basic an animal as you can find, so the solution should have been simple. I vowed to clear the float bowl at the next stop, and if that failed, we’d have a look at the plug… it ain’t rocket science.

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Above: There were pebbles…

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Above: …and beautiful views of the Nguruman escarpment through scrubby acacia woodland…

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Above: …and failed and feckless fesh-fesh roost attacks (in which I dug myself a hole so deep I could not escape) followed by…

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Above: …an equally feckless and failed fesh-fesh roost retaliation in which…

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Above: …Wry dug himself in so deep he could likewise not escape. Muppet.

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Above: And there was the rock and roll section, which we just hammered through like it was nothing. Of course, that’s bullshit, it was hard work, but for us Pig riders it’s just not so brutal. For Wry on the other hand, whose KTM forks have all the damping of a .45 pistol grip, it was a tough section. Perhaps it was then that he starting to look longingly at our red bikes…

In Mosiro, most of the way to Ntulelei already, we decided we should stop for a beer. After all, it was almost 11:00 and we’d been riding 2 hours. Mosiro was quiet, but we located a stall with some Allsopps in it. Seriously questionable stuff, Allsopps, but it is refreshing in a desperate kind of way. While Wry tried to order a pizza or something, and Pete called the Materland, I dutifully drained my float bowl and hoped that would be the end of the stubborn kickstart issue. (It was. Bless you, little simple piggy.)

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Above: Panic playing the Allsops trumpet for the folks back home

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Above: Wry, having failed to secure Panic’s hand in marriage, tries to save face by pretending to demonstrate a dance move he once learned in Russia.

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Above: A painting of a black and white dairy cow, the likes of which don’t live anywhere for 100km of said painting, on the door of a closed AgroVet shop.

To be continued...
Title: Day 2 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 14, 2018, 07:11:11 am
Rehydrated, we ricocheted up to Ntulelei. The track starts rough, but as it crawls up into the agricultural areas it becomes smoother, straighter and faster. Given the terrain we ride on, I feel we travel pretty fast, but in reality the narrowness of the roads, the washouts and rocks, the villages and people and animals make it uncommon to get over 100kph. Here, though, we all hammered along for some sections at 130 and above. We reached the junction before we knew what happened.

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Above: Wry finishing off the valley bits, ready to rip

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Above: Haters'll say it's fake

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Above: Up to the maize and wheat fields. Looks like they’re about ready to harvest.

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Above: Wry showing that Boda who’s boss

Across the tarmac, we climbed straight into the Mau Escarpment. This once forested ecosystem is now home to lots of people with primitive agricultural practices ruining what’s left of the land’s potential, but at least the views are nice and the air is cool. The tracks are quick, but brutal. In the wet season, they’re really sloppy and the trucks that climb up and back tear them to ribbons. Once they dry out, those bog holes and ruts turn to stone and all the rest of the way it’s uneven in a way that even dirt roads aren’t usually uneven… really keeps you fighting to hold on.

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Above: Some trees left down in a gully. Someone should cut them down for charcoal.

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Above: We’d stopped for a bite and a rest in the sun overlooking Naivasha. Lovely spot, but not quite warm enough to keep us there.

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Above: A really nice section of road. Steep and curved, it drops down from 3000 M.

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Above: Wry riding the bobsled road

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Above: Wry takes a wee kip at a beautiful spot above the cabbages and the valley.

Uncharacteristically, Panic had not checked his oil thus far on the trip. To his horror, it was 1 cm lower than spot-on, so he immediately dug into his emergency oil reserves. Meanwhile, cocky me was about to start teasing him when I noticed that my poor Piggy’s level was off the bottom of the dipstick! So, I sheepishly begged for a little myself. I'm slipping, man!

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Above: Come on. That hillside has no business being agricultural land. At least in places like Rwanda (or even ancient Peru fafaksake) a steep hill like that would have been terraced. Now I know you're thinking what I'm thinking, but I’m not thinking what I know you think I’m thinking, but I am thinking something very similar.

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Above: Anyway, it’s a cool view. Through the distant haze you can make out Lake Naivasha at 1,885 meters.

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Above: Having descended some, I could see another road I’d like to find one day heading up another slope. There are endless rides out here. We’re spoiled for choice.

Arriving to Carnelly’s, we arranged our stuff, set up tents (for those of us with tents… Wry hung himself upside down in the picnic shelter), hit the showers and like the real, hairy-chested men we are, promptly took a nap. I was beat. We resurrected somewhat later for food and a few beers around the fire, but it was a much-welcomed early night for the biker boys.

I slept like a well shampooed dachshund puppy on a flannel-lined pillow.
Title: Day 3 - Ripping back home
Post by: Osadabwa on August 14, 2018, 07:43:48 am
I wish I had been there to see Wry emerge from that oversized jockstrap he was sleeping in because again watching him get in it was comic gold. He had to get into his sleeping bag first, then carefully crawl on the picnic table and hoist himself inside. At night, to piss, he apparently had to slide out (like the foot of a clam I’d guess) and, still cocooned inside his sleeping bag, work his toes into his flipflops to then waddle out to the nearest tree. Oh man. Such fun!

Anyway, we on the warm ground with inflated air mattresses were not up early. Wry was though, not surprisingly, and got a nice shot of the Lake at dawn (totally worth it).

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Above: Wry’s payback for not being able to sleep: Lake Naivasha at dawn.

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Above: View from my tent 2 hours later.

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Above: The breakfast biker’s club. Not unlike riding the beemers down to Starbucks, apart from just about everything.

Panic spent some time fixing a slow leak in his rear tire, we packed up and got the hell out of Dodge. As usual, it was a nail picked up in one of the horribly filthy plastic and garbage strewn human settlements we passed through. We debated and decided that on this trip anyway, the TuBliss system did prove itself. I reckon I’m going to buy the hardest carcass tire I can find for the front and stick with the TuBliss. It really was a cinch to fix.

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Above: Leaving town. L: Cattlejam and R: Spot the two odd things about this guy’s bodaboda…

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Above: Retracing our steps up the low part of the escarpment, I felt a delicate little puff smack me in the chest. I’d murdered a beautiful little weaver bird. This fella was the 2nd confirmed bird strike for me on this ride, with several other near misses. The guilt will haunt me for days.

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Above: Panic rides Wry’s KTM and concludes: the fork is awful. Sure enough, both the compression and rebound damping were wide open. So, he went somewhere to the midpoint and gave it back to Wry who said it was better, but didn’t sound convincing.

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Above: Wry on Panic’s Pig for whom a little washout like the one in the pic is no big deal…

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Above: Coming down toward the Narok road from the North

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Above: Having crossed the Narok road, we were in our backyard again, strafing the cattle tracks, some of which were deep with fesh already. I wonder how long before the Kedong Valley is a sand desert?

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Above: Patches like this were everywhere. Wry’s KTM handles them pretty well because the weight beat out the need for decent suspension, but when I borrowed it for a bit I was shocked how squirrely it was and rough on the stones. I wasn’t sad to hand her back.

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Above: We had a fire lit under our asses now. I’d promised an hour and a half from the Narok Rd to Olepolos for lunch and we were on the right track to make it. It’s a reliable grin-maker, this road. It starts out picky but becomes an XR’s dream, climbing up several levels to Saikeri. Rumor has it there will be tar here soon. I’ll lose a piece of my soul then.

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Above: Wry ripping up to Saikeri

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Above: Panic throwing stones

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Above: Such fun to ride a bike as fast and stable as the Pig

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Above: Past Olepolos, gorged on kuku choma and refreshed with a cold White Cap, we toodled back home the way we’d come, through the washed out Ngong 1 road, past the new Railway tunnel and up to the silted in dam for a group pic.

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Above: Great ride boys! Wry, the Pig is very sweet indeed. Lets be honest here. I love riding it. It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. (Is it me, or does the KTM in this photo already know she’s being kicked to the curb?)

Let’s finish up with a nice video I stitched together



Cheers

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on August 14, 2018, 02:01:11 pm
Damn what a nice read ass always such bliliant riding area  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Zimzanawana on September 15, 2018, 09:41:43 am
Damn what a nice read ass always such bliliant riding area  :thumleft:

True O0 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: 2018 09 - Solo Zen and the Purple Pinky
Post by: Osadabwa on September 20, 2018, 02:08:00 pm
Some days just ain’t worth a good goddamn, and they often let you know it right up front. So it was for me today. It was a harmless enough plan: Having replaced my destroyed front tire with a new, super-rugged rally tire, I just wanted to go for a quick zip to see how she holds corners and eats stones. The Universe had other plans. Not 200 meters into the dirt from the tarmac, I crashed.

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Above: Lovely day for a ride

It was a stupid one. Shouldn’t have happened. That’s how you know it’s gonna hurt. I was zipping along and hammered on the rear brake as I often do. This time, though, I hit too hard and the bike stalled. No matter, right? Just pull the clutch and drop it again. Alas. I pulled it in, dropped it, and kept right on skidding, but by now I was mostly sideways and was rapidly approaching a berm that did a nice job of pitching me headfirst down the road. Gravity, not wanting to miss out on the fun, did an even better job of returning my ass to earth. I landed superman style with a “whooompforfucksake!” and my wee little pinky-winky took one for the team, bending in an unnatural direction on an embedded stone to slow my slide. Cheers, mate, cheers.

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Above: Scene of the accident. It’s all harmless enough terrain, but I’d wager more bikers have crashed on this section of dirt than any other outside an MX track in Kenya. You’re fresh off the tar, full of piss and beans and ready to measure your cock. Well, be careful, ‘cause you might squash your pinky instead.

Annoyed, I dusted myself off and commenced straightening my handlebars. Because I was kitted up, I had not so much as a scratch anywhere but the aforementioned pinky, and he didn’t seem to be broken, so I was chuffed. Bike didn’t care I fell, just stood there passing judgement like a damn aluminum horse while I cussed and fussed.
Anyway, on with the rest of the mess. I took off again and had a nice time of it for a while. The Ngong hills were wearing a very cool wisp of cloud, not unlike Trump’s toupee only more natural looking, and the air was cool.

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Above: The Ngongs and their cloudveil comb-over

I took my usual track. It has a bit of everything. Loose stones, stuck stones, sand, lateral washouts, vertical ruts, quick stuff, slow stuff etc. On a whim, I turned down a track I hadn’t seen before and was pleased to find a nice pond at the bottom with some big, welcoming, shady acacias.

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Above: My new Mitas felt pretty good. I was ready to open up a bit after the short rest

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Above: “Welcoming acacias”… hmmm. In case anyone doubts the thorn situation in Kenya… this is my rear tire (which, yes, should find a new home… it was like riding on marbles). Glad it went in sideways.

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Above: Not sure if this is an actual reservoir, or just a consequence of our recent, abnormally heavy rainy season, but it was a nice spot.

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Above: Happy biker, ready for the rest of the day…

After a little rest, I started back up the road (the track dead-ended into a military firing range) and immediately heard the characteristic “tink, TINK, twaaang” of a dead front tire. Fun fact: Zero PSI = Zero Bar = Zero Kpa fafaksake. Again, this should be no big deal except for two things: 1) I was running Nuetech TuBliss, which meant if the tire was totally flat, I was in for a faff and 2) that pinky of mine was purple and throbbing, so it was going to be no joyful event in any case. Anyway, long story short, I got stuck in, found my Zen and replaced the TuBliss with a tube (last TuBliss I use up front… I’m going to have to try mousses sadly). I felt my good juju was outflanked and outgunned by the day’s bad juju, so I suited back up and bee-lined it for home.

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Above: At least it was kinda shady

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Above: The face of a former TuBliss customer: Second time the little inner tube’s valve stem has been cut. I don’t doubt it could be user error, but I could give a rat’s ass. I’m done with them. Too expensive for partial, unreliable benefit.

The silver lining in my aborted solo ride was that back home my boy Panic was free to hear my tale of woe over lunch and a beer at the neighborhood choma joint.

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Above: White Cap, Purple Pinky

And you know, at the end of it all, the old adage is still true: Even a shit day of riding beats a good day at work!

 :snorting:

Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on September 20, 2018, 02:19:16 pm
I never trusted the tubeless system ,At least you had a spare tube  :thumleft:
Title: yeah...
Post by: Osadabwa on September 20, 2018, 04:51:35 pm
Yeah Rooi, clearly I didn't have much faith either, carrying a spare and all  :lol8:

What I can say is TuBliss worked for awhile, but I still had tire trouble. Had to plug a pinch flat (in the tyre, mind you) and another time the whole carcass of the tyre disintigrated because the TuBliss went flat and I didn't notice, continuing to ride for long enough to destroy it. It's been a real saga with me and tyres. I'm fed up and ready to dig in the pocket for a mousse. I just kind of doubt they will last long on the BRP. But, I'm at wit's end, so I'm stumping up.

 :snorting:
Title: Faaaaak!
Post by: Osadabwa on October 03, 2018, 02:42:35 pm
I ignored it for 2 weeks, but finally I went to the doc. I wish I had stayed home:

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Above: My stupid pinky finger and the Dorito-shaped piece of bone I broke off of it at the last joint

Early assessment: Wear splint and hope it heals or go for surgery. Either way, I'm off the bike for 6 weeks probably. I rode today but the damn splint makes using the clutch a bit challenging.

Friday I'll find out the truth.
Title: Re: Second day – To the Ewaso Nyiro
Post by: Beserker on October 03, 2018, 03:31:49 pm
Above: It’s technically Adventure Riding I suppose, but closer to race pace!

Two XRR moving in the same direction.... :deal:
Title: Mended pinky and gear test day...
Post by: Osadabwa on November 26, 2018, 06:56:28 am
After six weeks of impatiently waiting for my pinkie to heal, I finally had the brace off and was ready to hit the dirt. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving gift to get out in the Rift Valley to send up some dust. While convalescing, I did some work on the bike to make it ready for long trips again: I added two BMW quick connectors to the rat’s nest of pipes that is required to make the big IMS tank work, and now she’s actually useable in the deep bush. Before if you had a problem, you couldn’t remove the tank without a serious petrol bath. I also splashed out on a Nitro Mousse for the front tire to let me enjoy more speed over the treacherous volcanic stones. Panic was also doing some product testing: he’d made a tool tube out of PVC pipe and mounted it on the front of the sump guard. It looked the bizniz, but would it make it through the day?

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Above: I know I harp on it all the time, but the deforestation of the bush is really awful. The tree above used to provide shade for us at our first rest point. Every ride we would stop there, and now it’s a stump and a feking pile of whistle thorns.

We hit the usual trails, and frankly it took me most of the morning to get back into the rhythm. My hand was sore and I felt like I was testing the limits of grip a lot more than I should have. My brake hand was clumsy and I had a couple of close calls nearly washing out the front on off-camber sections. By the time we’d roared into Najile for a warm Coke, however, I was feeling great again and ready to open it up. Somebody had graded the road and it was a scorcher. Normally we can’t stay in 5th gear too long before a gully or washout brings us down a notch, but this time it was all-out until the next herd of goats.

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Above: Farther down the road we stopped to have a rest. One acacia, only one acacia was blooming on the roadside. Never seen this particular flower before. Odd and delicate. Somebody should cut the tree down.

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Above: It would appear that the PVC tool tube was not up to the terrain. On the newly graded section at 130kph or so, Panic tossed a stone and demolished the end-cap. It was holding on by half a thread when he noticed it and rescued his precarious tool kit from inside!

We only had half a day to ride, so we needed to aim back toward Nairobi without goofing around too much. I was keen to get off the quick road and tackle one of the tough, rolling-rocky, baby-head hills, so we slipped off the road and onto the 4x4 tracks. The hill was overgrown with grass, but the rocks were their usual ball-bearing selves, and I quickly found myself sideways and manhandling the Pig back in line. Panic trundled up with no issues, and in no time we were enjoying the 2 track and quick dirt back to Nairobi in time for lunch and a beer.

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Above: The beginning of baby-head hill

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Above: Panic navigates Babyhead-hill with aplomb

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Above: Back home, my hand was sore and the gear test had mixed results. Tank: no leaks, no melted pipes. Mousse: Solid, didn’t miss a beat and I quickly got used to the inevitable lethargic feel of the thing (and the Rally tyre was fantastic). Tool Tube: Not so good… by the time we were home, the thing had another whopping rock hole in it. A successful test, but a failed innovation for Panic!

So happy to be back on 2 wheels again. Mid-December we have a plan to get out for 4 nights and I can’t wait!

 :snorting:

Title: Solo day out... just getting some practice in
Post by: Osadabwa on November 28, 2018, 05:51:19 pm
After the ride with Panic, one thing was clear: I’m out of riding shape. 6 weeks without twisting the throttle in anger makes Jack a dull boy, so I set out again on my own to put some kms under my belt before heading out on a 5 day ride I have planned (It’s going to be 4 XRRs in Kenya… can’t wait!)

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Above: Big tank half full easily took me 200km into Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. I picked the “variety pack” track, which has a bit of everything: overgrown single/double track, embedded rocks, loose baby-heads, fast recently maintained dirt and just a wee section of riverbed. Out the back door.

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Above: Off the usual track, in search of new terrain, I found instead a charcoal burner’s camp. These dickheads are like a fungus. Back up the road I found a crew of them stuck in a deep feshy gully begging me to help them push. I politely told them to fakoff.

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Above: The trees they’re cutting down are laughably small, but in this semi-desert, it must take decades for them to grow, so go ahead boys, cut it all! Burn it all! Maybe if they get really busy then all the people will leave and it’ll turn to dunes. Then we’ll get our paddle wheels out and rip!

Anyway, I the burners are a bitch, but the track was really cool. It meanders through the flats and then crumbles down the hills. The steep bits are just a collection of baby-head stones which I like to practice on. One day soon we may be in much worse stuff with luggage, so I want to be a bit prepared.

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Above: Leaving the burners behind, a nice scrubby escarpment

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Above: Looking down into the Rift. In the distance are miles and miles of fantastic tracks. This time I’d take it easy though and head back home after the baby-heads. Just 200km by mid-day was all I was after.

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Above: Love these rocks. Often baboons hang out in places like this. Instead, it’s burners… you can see my bike is parked on the remains of an old charcoal burn pile.

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Above: The track descends. Hey boys, there’s still a half-decent tree here! Bring your axes!

At the bottom of the last baby-head hill, a 4x4 track T-bones into the Oltepesi-Najile road which has recently been graded and resurfaced. They do this periodically, but it’s never been this nice. Usually washouts keep you from highway speeds, but this baby is reliably silky so I was happily zipping along at 120 – 130kph. On a bend, with a few goats milling about, I shudder to think how fast the Baja guys ride…

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Above: Headed back toward Nairobi. From Najile it’s a series of rocky, fast hill climbs with ripping sections of hardpack in between. Truly Pig heaven.

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Above: Ripping past Saikeri I was surprised by a big giraffe. I haven’t seen the little Ngong Hills herd in a long time, and here was one guy roaming solo, like me. I hope his group hasn’t given up the ghost. After all, giraffes like trees… tall, mature ones preferably… and they are hard to come by anymore.

I may sneak out for another half day rip next week. It does me good to get the muscle-memory back, but I don’t want to risk having a crash before the 5-day ride. That’s what you call one of them good problems.

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Title: XRR Xmas Xtreme Braaaaap
Post by: Osadabwa on December 17, 2018, 06:15:47 am
Like the three wise men of Christmas legend, we set out on a quest for the ages… only there were five of us not three, none of us could be considered “wise” even by today’s historically low standards, we had no gifts to bring and we’d be riding fire-breathing XR650Rs instead of camels into Kenya’s wilderness in search of riding mecca instead of the new-born King… ah hell this is a crappy analogy…

Welcome to the Kenya XRR Xmas Xtreme Braaaaap!

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While my hopeless riding buddies try to figure out how to share their photos and videos with me, I’ll just put up a few quick teaser pics here to whet the proverbial whistle... like a cheeky nip of scotch before Christmas dinner with Uncle Joe and Aunt Erma... in fact, a stumbling, drunken, secular theme might fit our little troupe a bit better. Let's try that.

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Above: Easy, happy work… like trimming the Christmas tree while Uncle Joe sings jingle bells in a slurred, lisping Japanese accent

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Above: Wonderful views, like the splendor and brilliance of first-fallen snow twirling into the open sunroof of Uncle Joe's '85 Camaro

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Above: Rip-snorting fire-spitting madness, like when Uncle Joe drinks way too much eggnog and starts playing hide-and-seek with the cat in Aunt Erma’s mink coat, growling "Look at me! I'm a Lion, I'm a Lion!"

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Above: Loss and confusion, like Uncle Joe’s drunken stumble through town looking for his reindeer, still wearing Erma’s mink, scratched to hell by that stupid cat and dragging a string of Christmas lights behind him still attached to the tree

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Above: Hilarity, like when Erma farts and blames it on the cat who promptly coughs up a hairball on the sofa

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Above: Rain, mud, falls, broken bikes and broken bones, because it’s Kenya and these holiday Christmas analogies fit about as well as Santa’s ass in Mrs' Clause's skinny jeans!

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Bommelina on December 18, 2018, 08:25:37 am
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Title: Day 1 - Get me out of town. Nairobi to Nyahururu
Post by: Osadabwa on December 18, 2018, 01:57:59 pm
All week it had rained. It seems like it’s always raining in Nairobi these days. Then, on the morning of truth, the sun shines down on us like a good omen. Spirits are high, people are psyched – I had drawn up a good rip for us and it would be the first time in Kenya that 5 Honda XR650Rs got together for a ride. So, four of us met at Panic’s place for a nice breakfast, and we set off to our backyard Rift Valley Entrance to meet up with Wry and start the day.

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Above: Bikes and bacon

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Above: Fresh faced bikers

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Above: Wry met us on the track

I don’t misuse the word “literally”, so when I say that in literally less than 30km I thought my ride was over, I mean it. We had just started down the track that we take every time we go to the valley, when I drop the bike hard on the left side (always the left side for me). Liquid pours out onto the header. At first, I thought it was petrol and was pretty sure it was going to be Sayonara XR650R, but the color was wrong and it didn’t smell. It was coolant. Barely had the ride begun and I was certain it was over for me, but Neb and Panic thought otherwise. While I removed the seat and tank, Neb produced his J.B. Weld. Panic identified the crack (a talent of his) and began to clean the area, and when the J.B. Weld was mixed, applied a liberal dollop to the area. Half an hour of tense waiting later, we were on the road.

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Above: 28.88 km into the ride at 9:52AM FFS… good thing level heads won out, otherwise I’d have gone home for my 1985 XL600, and believe me, it wouldn’t have liked what was yet to come

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Above: Instructions for fixing a radiator

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Above: Only a month ago, I rigged quick connects on that monster tank for just this very situation. I would have been pleased to see how well they worked, but one of them got damaged in the fall.

With the bike back upright, we were on our way again. With five identical bikes and riders, we made quick work of the valley. Even with the radiator fix and a stopover in Ewaso Kedong for tea and chapati we made it past Mt. Suswa and up to Naivasha by lunch. Neb’s stomach convinced us to stop at the Ranch House, which was a brilliant idea and didn’t take too much time. From there, across the North Lake Road and up to Eburru with a stopover at a look-out spot Wry knew from his time as a Girlscout in the area as a lass. In no time we reached Gilgil for fuel.

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Above: A new road in the valley and one of the many underpasses for Kenya’s multi-billion-dollar standard gauge railway. The Chinese are going to milking that debt for eternity.

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Above: The usual look-out spot with Mt. Suswa in the distance

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Above: Neb on the way to Ewaso Kedong

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Above: Panic climbing up to Eburru

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Above: Wrong way, Neb!

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Above: Wry takes the lead to show where he used to go camping back in the day

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Above: A nice lookout over unspoiled wilderness… Wry declares: Yeah, this isn’t the place

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Above: Gilgil petrol station and a matatu reminding us that if something goes wrong, you can always put your bike up on the roof to get you home

From Gilgil we eschewed the tar road to Nyahururu, opting instead to take farm backroads up into the green hillsides and sparse forests. It was lovely up there, but not exciting from a riding point of view, and after a few very annoying roads promised to rattle the teeth out of our heads for no benefit, the draw of a cold beer overcame our aversion to tarmac and we bee-lined it for the Thompson’s Falls Hotel.

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Above: Agricultural heartland

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Above: Nice dairy cows… too bad they produce 5L of milk per day instead of their likely 20L

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Above: At Thompson’s Falls before dark

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Above: Photo taken with a potato of the guys monopolizing the bar’s fireplace. We ate like kings at that place. Good food, hot fireplace, cold beers… later we’ll wish for those things

The first day was never meant to be a toe-curler, but we were now on the edge of the crazy part of Kenya and had had a decent ride to warm up the bikes and the boys as well. Starting tomorrow, things would get more interesting.

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Title: Xmas Braap - Day 2, Nyahururu to Lake Baringo
Post by: Osadabwa on December 19, 2018, 07:42:14 am
Like school kids, we got plenty of sleep. The cold air at altitude was fantastic, and we awoke refreshed and ready for the day. I grabbed the Bible from the drawer and opened to a place that had been dog-eared only to find it was Deuteronomy:23. So much for good omens. Sure enough, upon inspection of the bikes, it was discovered that Neb had lost 5 bolts holding his luggage rack together, and Rawlence had left his phone in Ewaso Kedong… it was a live-action version of the muppet show! The two dingleberries took off after breakfast to find the lost bits, and we left town two hours late as a consequence.

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Above: Morning light

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Above: Still-shiny Pigs in a line

We split from Nyahururu up through what used to be forest. One thing you can say for the incessant tree-cutting – it makes the views longer. Anyway, it was fun up there and mercifully dry. The red clay would have been horrible if wet.

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Above: Elephants these days, tracking mud all over the carpet… I swear

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Above: Wry and I enjoying the morning view

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Above: Sheep graze where the forest has been conveniently removed

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Above: At the turnoff between high-altitude greenery and the stony, hot Rift, a bodaboda tows a petrol-powered maize mill

It was time to change the rhythm. We’d been enjoying the highlands too much. It was making us soft. The thing to do was to drop into the bowels of the Rift Valley again and have a look at Lakes Bogoria and Baringo. The sides of the Valley are all stones and thorns, though, so it was time to warm up a bit. This part of the Rift has a couple of distinct step-down layers, the first of which would take us to a cliff-side overlook of Lake Bogoria.

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Above: Judging by the guard rail, I guess this road was better once

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Above: Lake Bogoria in the far distance… we had a ways to go

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Above: A local motorbike was really struggling to climb up this mess of a road. I give them credit for trying. The Pigs ate it up.

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Dropping down to a semi-fertile valley, we raced along to the Bogoria look-out spot I’d found on Google Earth. We crossed a single-lane foot bridge, zipped through a village or two and surprised a clutch of men drinking illegal moonshine under a tree. They scattered like guinea fowl! We assured them later that we didn’t give a hoot what they were drinking. Cheers!

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Above: I love my XRR thiiiiiis much

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Above: I think it’s really neat that Wry is able to ride motorbikes as well as he does, given his… condition. We’re all very proud of you buddy. Keep it up okay!

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Above: Panic the Pirate and Rawlence of a Labia enjoy a nibble above the beautiful lake

To be continued...
Title: Xmas Braap Day 2 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on December 19, 2018, 07:49:19 am
Rested, we powered on along the cliff’s edge. The track was fantastic stuff, rocky but quick with occasional views of the lakes below. Eventually, we eased off the edge of the hill back down into the valley for the first of many stream crossings of the trip. I went first and would have made a clown look graceful, but didn’t get wet. Rawlence dropped the bike just on the other side of the stream, thankfully, and needed a minute to rest before climbing the steep road up the other side, but we were soon on our way again.

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Above: Beautiful up there… of course the road is most often used by charcoal burners, so it won’t be for long

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Above: First rocky bottomed stream crossing

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Above: Back up the other side on more stony tracks

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Above: Wry waits for the others

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Above: Neb found a like-minded individual… this one was in the process of humping a stone. Down the track a ways, I came across a plague of field mice running hither and dither... must have been a hundred of them all out in the open. One of those Osadabwa moments.

We had chewed up a lot of time getting to where we were, and the afternoon was looking long in the tooth already. We descended the second step into the valley floor, on level with the lakes, mostly, and after a bit of clowning around during which time the front bikers (Rawlence and Neb) missed our planned turnoff, we were set straight and blasting along a road that should have taken us across the East edge of Lake Baringo to link up with the Loruk-Maralal road. It was not meant to be.

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Above: Dropping down the last step

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Above: Fantastic views, fantastic riding

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Above: The turnoff duka for water… those look like rainclouds in the distance

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Above: One of many deepish water crossings… foreshadowing


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Above: A washed out bridge…
Neb hit one of the water crossings with extra gusto and stalled the bike. A bit later, the bike was spluttering and just died. At the same time, the road was becoming increasingly sketchy… no recent tracks, and the old ones were black soil troughs full of water. The day was officially dying, and we were a long way from our destination. While Panic and Neb tried to identify the problem (it was the bloody kill switch…), the rest of us decided to change the plan. It would be daft to try to push through the unknown muddy track since we were still over 150km from our destination. We’d head for Lake Baringo instead.

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Above: I don’t know how many times a faulty kill-switch has led to trail-side confusion. At least these bikes don't have kick-stand sensors!

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Above: Further proof we should call it a day: we were starting to make mistakes. Panic managed to fall down in the mud rather than blipping over this washout

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Above: Out of the mud and rocks and onto the tar for a 20km sunset cruise to Roberts Camp. Neb did much of it on the rear wheel.

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Above: Cold beers in hand, happy bikers at the Thirsty Goat

It had been an awesome day, but our plan change had put us 150km behind schedule. I went to bed thinking we’d probably be using our headlights tomorrow…

Before you go, enjoy a little video from the day:


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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: sidetrack on December 19, 2018, 08:22:08 am
Wow  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Kortbroek on December 19, 2018, 09:55:11 am
This is awesome. Man both myself and my BRP envy you the places you ride.
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Dustman on December 19, 2018, 02:43:49 pm
 :sip: :drif: :deal:

I have been a couple of pages behind, and after reading this, everything else is just dissatisfying, you know,  like you just walked out of the theater after a good movie.
Title: Day 3 - The big one
Post by: Osadabwa on December 19, 2018, 04:13:12 pm
Dustman, imagine how it feels to be home! Let's go back to living vicariously...

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Up with the birds to make time, we enjoyed a decent breakfast next to the lake and a pod of hippos that had settled in overnight out front of the dining room. It was another beautiful Kenyan day – warm but not burning, and cloud cover keeping the sun at bay. Nobody had any loose bolts, so we bolted the food and hit the road.

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Above: Our digs for the night

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Above: The hippos at breakfast

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Above: A chilled old hornbill who could catch bits of bread in his beak

We rode the remaining 10km on tar to the turnoff for Maralal. It’s funny how with the Pigs, our highway speeds tend to be 10-20kph slower than our on-dirt speeds! As soon as we feel the squiggle of dirt under the wheels, the throttle opens up. Not too long down the road, though, we were greeted with our first issue of the day: Neb got a puncture. Actually, he probably left the camp with the puncture and it finally got bad enough to be unrideable. But, since he’s running TuBliss, it was a matter of pulling out the plug kit and pumping back up. We were on the road in no time.

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Above: Wry debates taking the coach back home

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Above: Panic wears his feelings on his sleeve… waiting to fix (the first of) Neb’s punctures… hey Neb, maybe before a long trip, you should splash out on new rubber! TuBliss only works if the tire doesn’t die!

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We were hauling ass. The road was a ripper. All of us had the bikes singing, and it had gone to our heads. We were leap-frogging each other to get photos and videos, and at some point I noticed that somebody was missing. Where was Panic? I went back 10km and still no Panic. This made me insane. I could only figure that somehow I’d missed him, so I head back up the track at a blistering pace. But in my head I couldn’t believe I’d missed him, so my conscience was nagging me. Finally I met the others. Sure enough, no Panic. At last, the cell phones are whipped out and we get ahold of the guy… seems it was he who couldn’t count to 5! While we waited, I drained the shit out of my float bowl that was making my bike bog at full throttle and we all had a laugh at Panic’s expense.

The next piece of road to Maralal was electric. Fastest place any of us has ever ridden the Pigs. We know they’re capable of race speeds above 160kph, but so far that remains the rhelm of fiction for us. There’s never a time when you can just sit on the throttle that long out here. There’s always a washout or a goat or a blind corner to navigate. But up here, we all gave it a hell of a go. Neb hit 147kph and I and the others all skittered around the 130 mark. We arrived in Maralal on a serious high!

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Above: The turnoff at Churo… the start of the racetrack

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Above: Even the rocky sections were quick

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Above: This was the flat-out stuff… not surprisingly, we don’t have many pics of this…

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Above: In Maralal for a fuel and water stop. I met a girl with the coolest hairstyle ever.

If the morning had been fantastic, I would be hard pressed to find adjectives to describe the rest of the day. From Maralal, a track crashes straight down the escarpment to Barsaloi, where we were planning to dive into the western reaches of the Milgis Lugga (sand riverbed) which would take us to the top of the Mathews mountain range. The descent was spectacular – a steep, concrete slab stuck to the side of the hill took us down through the greenery to a fast, whippy section through the riverbeds and washouts. In no time we were at the Milgis Lugga.

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Above: Wry and I are pretty keyed up

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Above: Heading down to Barsaloi

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Above: Off the escarpment into the riverwashes and tall acacias

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Above: Leaving the escarpment behind, on the way to Milgis

to be continued...




Title: Day 3 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on December 19, 2018, 04:19:24 pm
The track and the riverbed crossed each other where a bunch of kids were playing. The sand was wet, and Panic and I were a bit nervous that it would be unrideable. These sand rivers have a nasty habit of hiding quicksand where saturated sections grab your tires and can swallow a bike up to the case in no time. So, in the beninging, we took it slow. That didn’t last long. The sand was firm and our confidence built rapidly. We went blitzing past a couple groups of Samburu warriors preening themselves along the shore, AK-47s leaning against the rocks. We shot through a narrow section with stone walls and then the Milgis spilled out into the desert. We stopped for a bite to eat where the river was easily a football field wide. Now we were in it!

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Above: Neb shows the kids some photos

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Above: Panic’s first tentative tracks onto the Milgis sand

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Above: Arriving at the lunch spot in a blitz of flying sand

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Above: Neb does a wheelie demo

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Above: The lunch spot

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Above: The indominable XRR

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Above: We came to eat snacks and ride like maniacs… and our snacks are finished

It’s hard to exaggerate how surreal and fantastic riding the Milgis is. We took off from the lunch spot like five angry wasps, each of us wide-open on the throttle. The bikes screamed down the riverbed, which begged you to make sweeping S-turns just because, and we flew over debris and washouts alike. Everybody was having a blast, and we were eating up the 40km of riverbed like it was nothing. Soon, though, it got really weird. As we turned due-East and approached the convergence of the Mathews Mountains and the bottom end of the Ndotos, a thunderstorm was squeezing its way through the gap, lifting the dried sand into a frenzy before us. It was Mad Max stuff, riding half blind into a fierce gale, with the dark cloud brooding overhead. Eventually, the rain fell, knocking the sand out of the air and leaving us breathless, resting in the lee of some island trees.

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Above: the size of this riverbed is incredible, and it was good riding everywhere

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Above: Sometimes the surface was loose, roostable sand

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Above: Other times, it was a dried layer of curled mud

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Above: When the sand storm came, Wry and Neb went flat-out into the abyss, stopping only to find out where the rest of us were. In the dust, we rode right past without catching sight of them.

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Above: The energy in the atmosphere was addictive

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Above: Sand storm in full force

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Above: It seemed like a good time to do the XR praise ritual… when the sprit strikes, you have to let it take control!

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Above: The rain came and washed away the airborne sand

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Above: We were left with rivulets and a tacky, slightly slick top to finish out the section

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Above: With sadness, we popped out of the Milgis to begin what would be a long afternoon in the Mathews Mountains!

to be continued...
Title: Day 3 continued again...
Post by: Osadabwa on December 19, 2018, 04:27:51 pm
With the high of the Milgis still throbbing in our brains, we had a break to reconnect with reality. I was very pleased to see it wasn’t yet 2PM, and I figured at most we had 2 hours of riding to go. Two years ago, Rawlence, Kolobus and I had come thorough and I remembered it being a scenic mountain road. But that was two years ago. The heavy rains from one year back had taken that scenic road and turned it into an overgrown, washed-out track. To add to that, we started having some mechanical issues and fatigue was hitting Rawlence who was complaining of tennis elbow and double-barreled wanker’s wrist. And that wasn’t the worst of it…

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Above: Out of the lugga, loving life

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Above: The aftermath of all that braaping

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Above: Panic… did you mean to lean that much?

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Above: It was fantastic riding, if not exactly an easy cruise

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Above: the views behind kept getting better and better

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Above: Hmmm… where are the rest?

We’d only moved along for about half an hour before things started to go pear shaped. Rawlence had taken two or three falls already, and given where we were, it wouldn’t be good if he hurt himself. He was exhausted and needed frequent breaks. Meanwhile, Neb’s crusty old front tire allowed in another thorn and Panic’s XR had spit out yet another chain roller, so we spent a good minute or sixty doing roadside repairs. Our pace had slowed from my estimate and our 2-hour ETA was turning into a 4-hour ETA. Luckily, we were in a beautiful place and the passers by were friendly and interesting as hell. The guy below in blue told us it’s a 4 day walk to the nearest town.

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Above: Wry the peacenik chats with the mzee

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Above: Fancy dress and the Panic

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Above: Repairs are a good time for a little kip

After the rest and a bit of Ibuprofen, Rawlence was back up and riding better. The trail stayed a rutted, rocky mess with a river crossings thrown in for good fun. It was gorgeous and fresh and we were making decent time.

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Above: Rawlence ascending

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Above: Nice, sandy-bottomed river crossings

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to be continued one more time...
Title: Day 3 - the break and the end
Post by: Osadabwa on December 19, 2018, 04:28:32 pm
After awhile, the road got better and we were moving again. In no time, we reached the junction for Kitich Camp, the lodge we’d be staying in for the night. I knew this track from a previous visit, and was keen to drift and rally my way up there, pull into camp with five pigs roaring and demand cold beers! It didn’t quite work out that way. The cool evening light kept us on the throttle and the track had us on our toes. The track had been many things, but muddy and slick it was not… until it was. There was only one section, one small section, of greasy black soil on an off-camber incline. I hit it and it made me pucker. Rawlence, whose "ambition outweighed his talent", hit it and broke his leg.

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Above: The last section during golden hour

Ordinarily, I’m quick to take photos of guys under their bikes, but for some reason I could tell this was not a laughing matter. I parked the bike and ran to Rawlence whose leg was bent behind him in a most unpleasant angle. He was clearly in pain and told me right away it was broken. We got him up and parked him under a beautiful old tree. Panic and I rode the rest of the way to camp and got the manager who jumped into action. In a little over an hour, we’d stabilized Rawlence’s leg with a SAM splint I’d brought (see why we bring it, Tigo?), and he was at the camp chilling as best he could.

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Above: Rawlence under a tree with us stabilizing the leg… what the hell are you smiling about Neb?

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Above: Loading the patient in the Kitich Cruiser… one of the camp staff giving 110kg Rawlence a piggy back ride!

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Above: A beautiful sunset to top off a wicked and eventful (dare I say epic?) day!

As darkness fell, Rawlence was carried to the mess hall and we all gorged ourselves on a lovely meal. A few whiskys around the fire later, and we were all knackered. It was another early night for our intrepid crew, but we’d earned the sleep.

Before you go, however, check out the day's video. It's longer than usual because it was better than usual...


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Title: Day 4 - Ngai susu and the Borana Escarpment
Post by: Osadabwa on December 20, 2018, 06:45:29 am
With the help of Tiz and the Camp, we were able to organize a bush pilot to fly from Nanyuki to collect Rawlence at 8AM. He had an awful night, but was up and perky for breakfast. We packed him in the Land Cruiser and bid him farewell. Neb decided to poach his front wheel (that’s how we do) since his crappy front tire kept getting punctures, and once that operation was sorted, the rest of us blasted back into the void. We re-traced our steps a bit then turned South to Wamba for fuel for both bikes and men.

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Above: The babbling of idiots… me the Captain of them all in one of the Camp’s old colonial pith helmets (Clarke, I asked if I could take it for your Christmas Present, but then I figured you probably already have one parked next to your MAGA hat and Stahlhelm …)

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Above: Rawlence on his safari to the airstrip and Neb poaching the good bits off his bike…

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Above: Panic… no comment, and Neb coming out of the camp

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Above: Traffic jam leaving Kitich Camp

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Above: The Wamba Giftos Hotel… a good spot for tea and chapati

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Above: Despite just having had breakfast, we were already ready for more… mandazis, chapati and scrambled eggs please

Leaving Wamba, I was keen to take a fantastic double-track past the pointy nipple rock possibly known as Ngai Susu if our local intel is correct (which would be weird since that means roughly “God pees”) Not long ago, I’d passed through here with Clarke, but with him, modern technology is eschewed (as are boots and long trousers, but nevermind) so we didn’t have a GPS record of our trip, so we went looking for the road for a bit…

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Above: More elephant evidence… big deep prints in the mud

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Above: Lost on the panyapanya routes and little sand river beds

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Above: Stuck by a diversion dam in one sand riverbed

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Above: We’d decided after hinting and pecking through the bush that if we went North, we’d be sure to meet the road, and we did

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Above: At last, the river crossed the road and we were back on the braaap

The pointy nipple hill had been teasing us for awhile already, but now that we were on the road we reached it in no time. Of course, the shape of the thing brought out the juvenile in all of us… But once we’d finished goofing around, we were back on the bikes, back on the throttles and whipping our way to the Barsalinga bridge over the Ewaso Nyiro river and on to Kipsing village where I new we needed to take on more water. I thought afternoon would be tough, but I had no idea…

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Above: Yeah… so… anyway…

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Above: Neb is a happy chappy… Panic… well he had an itchy head

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Above: The bluffs off the fast, pointy nipple track

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Above: The sunny side of the nipple

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Above: Wry blasts the riverbed with no concern for his dryness

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Above: The Barsalinga bridge… Neb wheelies off to the delight of all

to be continued...
Title: Day 4 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on December 20, 2018, 06:54:17 am
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Above: In Kipsing, the locals were in for a treat – weird looking guys in crazy dress came to town for cokes and water

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Above: The Samburu, having a hard time finding actual bird feathers for their headdresses, have resorted to mohawks of plastic instead…

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Above: Mama Joan’s duka

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Above: Fancy dress competition…

So from Kipsing, I knew what we had to do: First we had to ride the riverbed for 15km, then we had to turn up through the bush and connect with a long defunct 4x4 track which I’d taken before… two years ago. You know how much can change in two years… we would be reminded again.

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Above: First off, the riverbed was wet… we feared quicksand and the skid demon

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Above: At a lunch spot, some of the thorns were truly Old-Testament-esque

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Above: We cruised the riverbed, but it was much narrower than the Milgis and wet, so we had to choose our line more carefully

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Above: Still, the place inspired hooliganery (look ma, I'm wheelying!)

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Above: After riding in and out of the riverbed for awhile, it was time to turn up the mountain. This was our parting riverbed shot.

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Above: it was a bit painful leaving the lugga… damn thorn trees everywhere

The track I remembered was gone. It had been replaced by a confident line on my GPS and a very sketchy trail that no wheeled vehicle had passed over in quite some time. The volume of water that had come before us must have been impressive to remove so much soil. What was left was often just the barren rock, or at best a lot of rubble. It was the most challenging riding of the trip.

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Above: Neb blasts his way over the stones

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Above: Wry climbing the bedrock

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Above: We took lots of breaks to enjoy the view and rest a bit. Some gumdrops fell on the floor, but I wasn’t going to let them go to waste

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Above: We were challenged, but still in great spirits, even as the rain came

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Above: And the rain did come

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Above: We took wrong turns

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Above: …and negotiated bad washouts

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Above: … and got separated and stuck

to be continued...
Title: Day 4 - coming out on top
Post by: Osadabwa on December 20, 2018, 07:04:29 am
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Above: … and then it really rained and the rocks got slick and the dirt turned to mud

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Above: I was hurrying to get us to this river crossing… I remembered it from before and feared it could become a serious flash-flood spot

The higher we climbed, the more it rained. The more it rained, the slicker it became, but the views were amazing and we were still in great spirits.

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Above: That’s an African view for you

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Above: We were wet, tired and happy as hell

Happy is relative… soon the going got really tough, at least for me. I’d been leading fearlessly up to this point, and hadn’t screwed the pooch too badly, but the last push, literally the last bit that would take us out to the flat plateau above caught me off guard. I stalled the engine and killed everyone’s momentum. As a result, Panic fell on his ass and Neb had to help him get started again on the slick, rocky hillside. Only Wry had seen the easy path around the side and been able to take it.

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Above: I dropped the bike and pinned my leg…

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Above: ...which stalled everyone's progress, leading Panic to drop the bike upside down, requiring Neb to help him lift it

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Above: After much ado, the last rider emerged onto the plateau

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Above: Where the red clay was horribly slippery!

If we thought the day was over, we were sorely mistaken. The rains had been heavy and the soil composition of the plateau is either red clay (slick) or black cotton (slick and sticky). I plodded ahead with no mishaps, but the rest of the boys were a clown show. Wry thought it’d be cool to roost the mud and saw his ass. And Panic and Neb both slid everywhichway down a bright red clay sluice before we finally reached some much-appreciated stone backfill.

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Above: laughing about the sorry state of our bikes and bodies

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Above: Panic apparently wanted to take a soil sample home with him

Soon enough, the road was hard enough to let us move again. We ripped through the Borana conservancy gate, had a quick look at elephant, giraffe and zebra, and then just kept blasting on. I for one was freezing. The wet clothes and cold air were doing a number on me, and all I wanted was to be around a fire after a hot shower at the Timau River Lodge. It was all out for the final leg.

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Above: Wry and the elephants

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Above: Much better surface now

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Above: Brooding long views of Laikipia

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Above: Another traffic jam

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Above: Our frozen, wrinkled hands

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Above: At last, our digs!

Timau River Lodge can kiss my ass. Man did they provide shit service. We arrived like four half-frozen sides of beef, and they couldn’t even offer us a hot shower. I don’t know why… they couldn’t seem to organize flammable material, oh what’s that called… wood, to burn. We literally (again, I don’t abuse that word) spent an hour huddled around the main fireplace feeding tiny slivers of wet/green cedar into the puny flame hoping to eek out some heat while the one bumbling doofus of a waiter/host/bartender stumbled around endlessly trying to organize food. Eventually, fatigue and cold won out and we hit the hay. The day had been exciting indeed, but sleep was calling.

Before you nod off, have a look at the day's moving pictures:



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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on December 20, 2018, 07:24:25 am
As always, good quality stuff. Thanks for sharing it  :snorting:
Title: Day 5 - Heading home
Post by: Osadabwa on December 20, 2018, 08:03:24 am
I’ll say one thing for Timau River Lodge… I did sleep like the dead. It was cold and the bed was soft. So, you grudgingly get one star. None of us were able to sleep in, even though we’d already decided that we were in no rush to head home. Wry was up first, and like a real champ (and totally contrary to his usual self) he had moved everyone’s wet kit into the sun and onto the now-working water heater to dry. Thumbs up, Wry!

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Above: Peeking at my piggy from the pooper

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Above: Drying kit

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Above: Oh yeah, and then there was this painting in our room… WTF?

While we were getting our kit together, I was beckoned by an old Indian man. Beckoned might not be the right word, ordered may be better. He ordered me over to see him. Turns out he was the owner of the place, but I still didn’t like being ordered around. And why do you think he so badly needed me to come round? Was it to apologize for the cold shower and the lack of fire in the hearth? Nope. I was to feed his monkey. Not a euphemism. He handed me bread and I gave it to a monkey. Neb did too. Again... WTF?

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Above: Neb feeds the monkey

Well, folks, the ride is over. At least, the good stuff. We now had 200km of tar to cover, but the sun was out and it was a lovely day, so we took a farewell snap at the foot of Mt. Kenya and hit the road. And then we re-learned that a ride is never over til it’s over, when Neb’s chain fell off just outside Thika. Seems Neb was using a clip instead of a rivet and the previous day’s mud had removed said clip and the chain finally said bye-bye. Good thing yours truly was also carrying a spare master link (see Tigo, that’s why we carry them), and even though it wasn’t a perfect fit for Neb’s chain, a bit of work with the Leatherman and Panic’s repair tool later, and we were back home safe and sound.

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Above: Parting group shot

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Above: Hello little children, would you like some candy?

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Above: Neb faffs around with his chain

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Above: Shots from home: Neb, GPS stats, Rawlence

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Above: Route map, clockwise from bottom left. Nothing about this tells the story…

Boys, it was another excellent adventure. Rawlence, sorry you broke your leg, but very happy you did it where you did!
Kudos to Kitich Camp for getting us sorted out so painlessly. Your place is fantastic and we will definitely return!

Oink.

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Title: Epilogue - Rawlence's Evac
Post by: Osadabwa on December 20, 2018, 08:17:56 am
So while we were still donning our kit and poaching wheels of Rawlence’s bike, he was trundling toward a little dirt airstrip where one of the local Nanyuki pilots was to come to his rescue. The road over there was harrowing apparently, almost swallowing the Kitich Cruiser at one point, but they made it and the plane was there as promised. A couple of young wazungu hopped out, helped Rawlence squeeze into the back and took off for Nanyuki where he was X-rayed and patched up at Cottage Hospital. Class acts all around… sort of!

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Above: The rescue plane. Oh, how cute, it has a smiley face on the tail fin… wait a minute…

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Above: Rawlence figured he was off to see his maker. He even wrote a little note saying that if the plane should crash, I would inherit his bike. Love you man! I’ll take good care of her!

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Above: These two lads look like they’re going to a Red Bull stunt competition… Rawlence was in the back spackling his spanx (Santa too)

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Above: Once airborne, Rawlence had great views of the riding he didn’t do. That’s Ngai Susu (nipple tit hill) on the Left

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Above: Nanyuki, highlands agricultural heartland and the base camp for Mt. Kenya expiditions. There’s a British Military base there and a lot of folks with dough, so the Cottage Hospital was well equipped to sort Rawlence’s boo-boo.

The End

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: sidetrack on December 20, 2018, 08:44:25 am
What a great read  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: CUZZY on December 21, 2018, 02:45:31 pm
Fantastic ride report. Great pics and vids. Stunning riding terrain. Similar to what we have in KZN.
I notice that you don't turn your beast off when you stop to video ;) ;) ;)   Can't imagine why!
Hope Rawlence has healed up.
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on December 21, 2018, 07:44:10 pm
Great report as usual and thank you once again for taking us with! :thumleft:
You guys really enjoy your bikes and the nice riding area.
How is Rawlence doing?
For interest, are going to make him walk back to fetch his bike or how do you recover it? Especially as it now has a dodgy front wheel. :peepwall:
Title: Rawlence will live
Post by: Osadabwa on December 24, 2018, 08:51:35 am
Those asking about Rawlence of a Labia's bike need not worry. The camp offered to transport it to town during their next supply run and Rawlence will collect it in his big ass van.

He's going to take awhile to heal though for sure... turns out he also buggared his wrists and elbow somehow... man needs to do a bit more training before coming out on the XRR with us on a long ride again...


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Title: 36 days... 10% of the year
Post by: Osadabwa on December 27, 2018, 06:08:43 pm
I just calculated, based on the days ridden in this 2018 RR and a couple others, that I went out 36 days this year. Now that ain't half bad.

So, to all those who followed along, Cheers to a fantastic 2018 and let's hope to do even more in 2019!

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Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on January 13, 2019, 03:41:22 pm
thanks for a great report once again!
You guys are doing it properly up there..
Looking forward to 2019, all the best!
Title: Re: 2018 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: XT JOE on January 27, 2019, 09:04:38 pm
excellent 2.5 hours of reading- Beautifull place for riding-and just admire your support for the older comfy :) thumpers- thanks for sharing.