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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => 'Roll of Honour' - Best Ride Reports => Topic started by: Osadabwa on January 21, 2019, 04:37:01 pm

Title: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on January 21, 2019, 04:37:01 pm
Happy 2019 bikers!

Time to start a fresh thread for the year’s adventures. Like I did in 2017 (LINK (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=204059.0)) and 2018 (LINK (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219546.0)), I’ll keep a running update of rides here to tempt the dirt-loving to come explore Kenya.

Karibuni!

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I’ve been hot to ride since returning from our fantastic end-of-the-year five-day Xmas Braap out in the North (LINK (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219546.msg4180709#msg4180709)), but the bike needed some TLC first. Panic helped me stem the drip of coolant from LHS rad, I installed some braces for said rad to help prevent such nonsense in future, replaced a worn and slipping clutch, re-valved the forks with RaceTech Gold Valves set to my weight and riding style, changed oil, set valves, greased the linkage… it was a proper year-end service and now I’m ready.

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Above: I don’t know much about it, but there seems to be more sense in the Gold Valve setup than what I found in there…

I didn’t have a solid plan for the day. Mostly just wanted to see how the forks would feel with the new shims. So far so good. Maybe a tad harsh, but I can play with the clickers next time. I ended up dropping into the valley, sprinting over to Baby Head hill to get the blood pumping, then raced past Oltepesi and the amusingly-named Butt Brothers’ farm to Mi46 for a really cold Coke. After that, I played around in the riverbed quite a while before finding myself up on Champaign Ridge on an unexpectedly nice little track. Quick beer and home: 300km of rocks, sand and dirt all before tea-time.

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Above: Riding alone, I was able to follow my fancy and I dropped in and out of the riverbed as I pleased, just to do it. South of Mi46 though, there are big rock piles that ejected me after a few kms.

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Above: In Mi46 I had already done just shy of 200km and hadn’t really stopped to breathe. I love riding alone. You can just keep on trucking if you want to. It’s you and the bike.

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Above: After putting in a drop or two of petrol at Mi46, I decided to play in the riverbed. It was lovely and quick. About 10km up to the rockfall and 10km back was just the ticket to get the juices flowing again.

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Above: So happy to have another year’s worth of riding on my favorite bike of all time.

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Above: Seriously fun area to ride in, but it was time to head back to Nairobi (it was probably only about noon), so I split out for the Oltepesi road, but a decent looking road at the big cattle reservoir caught my eye. I took it and it led me all the way up to Champaign Ridge, a place I haven’t been in ages.

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Above: Up on the ridge it was lovely to have the heat of the valley behind me and to be enjoying big views down below. I’m surprised I’d never seen this road before, but then, the pace of development is off the chain, so maybe it’s actually just new.

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Above: High up on the ridge, the fencelines start. It’ll be like RSA before you know it. Masai are starting to settle down and carve out their own territories. Can’t blame them, just sucks.

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Above: The road is quick up there, very wide and plenty of room to see. The Pig ate it up, but it’s not my favorite. I shot back at the S. tip of the Ngongs, swung down the tar for a click to the dodgy Jordan Breeze for a cold beer.

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Above: At the Jordan Breeze having a White Cap and watching (and smelling) the lovely rain shower that was crawling down the way.

Wonderful way to start the new year with my awesome old bike!

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on January 21, 2019, 04:41:05 pm
Nice one, looking forward to your rides this year! :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on January 21, 2019, 04:44:27 pm
Happy, happy!!! :thumleft:

Hope the year throws some new juicy tracks your way!
Title: Solo Rocks
Post by: Osadabwa on January 24, 2019, 12:30:38 pm
After sealing a work deal which is set to commence any day, I decided I’d just as well get back out on the bike today and keep enjoying my freedom. Just off the Ngongs near Saikeri I came upon the giraffe herd I’ve seen here many times. I’m glad they’re still around. I wasn’t in a blistering hurry today so I killed the engine and watched them awhile. Riding solo lets you do that kind of stuff.

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The plan for the morning was to ride rocks. Loose, rolling rocks are a particular nemesis of mine, especially on climbs, so I try to get out and ride them when I’ve got the energy for practice. There are two areas in particular that are great for this and I decided to ride them both. It's nothing like the crazy shit I've seen from the Lesotho rides some of you guys do (Xpat), but its what I might find on a long self-supported ride far up in the North, so I'd like to be able to do it better.

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Above: Just a shady bike check. Found that one of the sprocket bolts was loose…

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Above: Starting down into New Valley which is one of the more pristine areas in the valley despite a lot of charcoal burning going on. It’s not overly challenging, rock-wise, but I wanted to go there anyway.

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Above: New Valley has wonderful, tall bluffs flanking it

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Above: This time of year, I could ride down the dry riverbed. I’ve been here when that puppy’s flowing… wouldn’t want to try to cross it.

The track dropped me down onto the Oltepesi road after a nice hour of slow going, and I sprinted down to catch up with the notorious Baby-head Hill. It’s a better practice ground. Maybe a kilometer long, it doesn’t let up with rolling baby-heads. I almost always stall it, and sometimes end up off the track. Today I was practicing using my clutch to manage wheel spin, and was doing pretty well, but I need more practice.

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Above: Doesn’t matter how I photograph it, it always looks tame, but it's a rolypoly buggar just the same.

I think I’ll be doing a lot of solo riding this year. Kinda looking forward to it.

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: XT JOE on January 31, 2019, 09:06:18 pm
nice place- love the big ass dry river beds
Title: 2019 02 - XRs and DRs in the Valley
Post by: Osadabwa on February 04, 2019, 06:27:47 am
Work sucks. Need to ride. This Sunday, a handful of guys were up for a quick taste of the valley. It ended up being no more than 150km all told, but it was new ground for the Suzuki riders and it was a much-needed break from Nairobi for all of us.

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Above: A little roost to get us going… I was the dastardly fella doing it. Saw stones start to fly and got the hell out of there.

We had a coffee at my place and in thirty minutes we were in the bush. We were also messing around with bikes. The DRZ400 was spluttering and farting for no apparent reason. When in doubt: check fuel then start cursing electrics. Sure enough, it was a faulty side-stand switch getting in the way of an otherwise perfectly happy bike. Thanks for nothing, Health and Safety (it’s a motorbike for petesake, why does it need safety features?). Panic identified the issue, clipped the wires and we were back on the road.

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Above: Mr. E. Man on his DR650.

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Above: A Masai fence held us up (literally, in one case) for a bit, but after that it was smooth sailing

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Above: Smooth until the Kisimit valley that is. Descending on rolling stones all the way was good practice for everyone.

The bike repair early in the morning put us off our “schedule” a tiny bit, so by the time we were deep into the valley we could use it as an excuse to split off for lunch at Olepoplos. It wasn’t because anyone was hot or tired, no siree. We took a few short breaks in the shade, watched a cattle traffic jam go by, and picked our way to the Najile-Oltepesi road then just blasted it up to the tar for lunch.

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Above: Shady spot to watch the cows come home. They kept sniffing my Pig… was worried one would mount her, but couldn’t blame them for wanting to…

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Above: Down valley the fesh is starting to pile up already. Not long ago, the place was wet.

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Above: A nice little tricky spot, but none of us got caught out.

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Above: Cows being sensible, parking under a gorgeous shade tree while it lives… somebody should really cut it down for charcoal. Bikers out in the sun

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Above: Panic raises dust

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Above: After our nice lunch break, Panic decided it would be fun to have a puncture just to top off the day. If he wouldn’t ride like such a maniac these things wouldn’t happen to him.

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Above: Parting shot – Mr. E. Man and the DR650 handled herself admirably.

It was good to get out with a mixed group. It wasn’t as full-on as usual, and it wasn't new terrain, but that’s okay. Everybody was keen to ride, guys had their gear sorted and spares on board, and that makes for a good day out.

Until the next one

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on February 04, 2019, 09:04:14 am
Nice as always  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: >>Thump°C on February 04, 2019, 10:17:18 am
Lekker, thanks for sharing
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: DikZol on February 04, 2019, 01:29:51 pm
As ek so na hierdie foto's kyk mis ek weer my DR!!
Title: Re: 2019 02 - XRs and DRs in the Valley
Post by: XT JOE on February 24, 2019, 09:08:34 pm
Work sucks. Need to ride. This Sunday, a handful of guys were up for a quick taste of the valley. It ended up being no more than 150km all told, but it was new ground for the Suzuki riders and it was a much-needed break from Nairobi for all of us.

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Above: A little roost to get us going… I was the dastardly fella doing it. Saw stones start to fly and got the hell out of there.

We had a coffee at my place and in thirty minutes we were in the bush. We were also messing around with bikes. The DRZ400 was spluttering and farting for no apparent reason. When in doubt: check fuel then start cursing electrics. Sure enough, it was a faulty side-stand switch getting in the way of an otherwise perfectly happy bike. Thanks for nothing, Health and Safety (it’s a motorbike for petesake, why does it need safety features?). Panic identified the issue, clipped the wires and we were back on the road.

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Above: Mr. E. Man on his DR650.

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Above: A Masai fence held us up (literally, in one case) for a bit, but after that it was smooth sailing

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Above: Smooth until the Kisimit valley that is. Descending on rolling stones all the way was good practice for everyone.

The bike repair early in the morning put us off our “schedule” a tiny bit, so by the time we were deep into the valley we could use it as an excuse to split off for lunch at Olepoplos. It wasn’t because anyone was hot or tired, no siree. We took a few short breaks in the shade, watched a cattle traffic jam go by, and picked our way to the Najile-Oltepesi road then just blasted it up to the tar for lunch.

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Above: Shady spot to watch the cows come home. They kept sniffing my Pig… was worried one would mount her, but couldn’t blame them for wanting to…

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Above: Down valley the fesh is starting to pile up already. Not long ago, the place was wet.

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Above: A nice little tricky spot, but none of us got caught out.

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Above: Cows being sensible, parking under a gorgeous shade tree while it lives… somebody should really cut it down for charcoal. Bikers out in the sun

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Above: Panic raises dust

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Above: After our nice lunch break, Panic decided it would be fun to have a puncture just to top off the day. If he wouldn’t ride like such a maniac these things wouldn’t happen to him.

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Above: Parting shot – Mr. E. Man and the DR650 handled herself admirably.

It was good to get out with a mixed group. It wasn’t as full-on as usual, and it wasn't new terrain, but that’s okay. Everybody was keen to ride, guys had their gear sorted and spares on board, and that makes for a good day out.

Until the next one

 :snorting:

nice roost pics top two left :thumleft:
Title: Detour - Taking the XT out for a spin
Post by: Osadabwa on March 15, 2019, 04:53:06 pm
Ok. I planned to do take out the Pig this week, but on pre-ride inspection I found that my frame was cracked, again, where the sub-frame connects. I've stripped the girl nekked from the engine back, and am now waiting to get a TIG welder to do his magic. I'm gutted, but what to do? Answer: Ride your other bike!

Several months ago, I was gearing up for Kenya’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (link for that ride HERE (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=229535.0)) by preparing my 1981 XT500 “Nairobi Thug” special. A friend of mine and I had been working on a slipping clutch, and we’d managed to fix it, but when re-filling the oil I neglected to properly tighten the oil weep screw. The next day I rode the bike and about 20 minutes later it died a horrible death at 100kph on the road. All the oil blew out and covered my leg, but wearing boots I didn’t notice it. I was gutted. There was no way to get it back up and running by the DGR, though we tried.

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Above: Oily boot, dead bike

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Above: Child labor doing engine removal

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Above: Engine out, continue tear-down

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Above: Toasted con-rod and chewed-up piston

It took a while to organize the spares I needed to put the bike back together, and then to find engineers in Nairobi capable of doing good repair work. I needed a con-rod installed and the engineer I took it to left the pins out of alignment by a millimetre. I mean come on! It looked like it was flapping its wings! I also needed a new cylinder because I was already at max overbore with the old one… the list was pretty long and it all had to be shipped in from the USA at volumetric shipping prices.

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Above: Re-assembly at Uncle Rick’s

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Above: Back together, better than ever: New con-rod, piston, cylinder, valves, clutch assembly and kickstarter

Anyway, this week she finally got buttoned up and I had time to work on breaking in the new engine. The sun has been shining and I’ve been stuck in my home-office working, so I was very keen to take my girl on safari down into the Rift Valley and back up. First day I hit the overlook spots on the Mai Mahieu road and picked up a new sheep fleece for the seat. Ended up coming home and putting the old one back on, but it never hurts to have a spare (this one’s in white… for formal gatherings perhaps). Put about 100km on the new piston and was keen to do more once the seat was more forgiving.

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Above: XT500 in sexy mode (aka brutal mode) above the Rift Valley, Mt. Suswa in the background, the dust from the new Chinese SGR railroad’s construction below

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Above: Mt. Longonot in the distance

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Above: The 3rd World Curio Shop… a tourist trap institution for years. They sell sheep fleeces along with the soapstone and wooden trinkets and I managed to get one for a fifth of their asking price… could have done better.

Couple days later, I set out again. The road down to the valley is actually a joy on the bike. Tar is in good shape and the traffic, though insane, is slow enough grinding down the steep pitch that the bike just chews it up. So, I repeated and extended my previous ride’s itinerary, descending past the lookout spots for the Italian POW made church at the bottom of the hill. The chapel was empty and quiet (apart from trucks Jake-Braking in the background) and much smaller than I’d always thought. Not much of a Catholic myself, I dropped some coins in the collection box anyway hoping to appease the road gods… be good to my resurrected XT!

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Above: Cooler morning light with Longonot in the distance, my sheep-fleece adventure saddle cover completing the anti-social look of the XT

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Above: The Italian POW chapel at Mai Mahieu

After the chapel and a horrible cup of tea and mandazi at a nearby roadside “lodge”, I split down the arrow-straight road toward Naivasha, overtaking lorries on both sides and singing a song, trying to keep the RPMs moderate for the new piston, which isn’t easy cause the old girl likes to run when the road is smooth. I turned past Longonot village on a rough dirt road toward Njabini, connecting with the Nakuru-Nairobi Road where I shot up to the lookout and gave Clarke a buzz. He was home, so I invited myself to lunch and started up the flanks of the Aberdares to his beautiful abode.

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Above: A bit of off-roading with my city-hooligan bike. She’s rough, so much slower than I’m used to, but so low and nimble it’s really fun.

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Above: Sizeable sinkhole isn’t done eating this road yet

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Above: Volcanoes and vintage bikes make great photo subjects...

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Above: Higher up, I detoured into the cedar plantations for a lookysee. It’s much cooler up there than down in the valley

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Above: Lovely meadow, classic bike.

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Above: At Clarke’s place high above the tea line, cool air, green grass. So much variation in a morning’s ride from Nairobi

Had a nice lunch with Clarke. Shot the shit, talked motorbikes, made plans to fish, etc… Hopped back on the Thug and babbled back to Nairobi, zig-zagging around the cars and maniacs all the way. Lovely way to spend a few hours, and I still need to do a lot more before I can consider the bike run-in. Maybe next time I’ll take a tour of the coffee and tea zones. Stay tuned.

Cheers

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on March 15, 2019, 05:39:18 pm
I like! :thumleft:
Ironicly my son was just saying last night that we must look out for an old XL or XT again as he misses our XL.
I might see if I can bring my SR back and then refurbish it again.
Nice chilled ride and beautifull area!
Title: Another few KM on the XT
Post by: Osadabwa on March 18, 2019, 12:03:15 pm
Yeah Oubones, the XT and the XL are great bikes. I have an XL600R as well and frankly, I think I'd take that girl to my grave with me. She's so lovely. I mean, shes ugly and soft and doesn't hold a candle to the XRR for ripping around the desert, but for all around easy going riding in all terrain, she can't be beat.

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Monday came and I was free again to keep bedding in those rings. Took the XT back toward the Mai-Mahieu road on the now freshly tarmacked Dagoretti Rd, but turned onto the village tracks before I got there (I can’t keep my tires on tar for too long). It was lovely, of course. Early light, nobody really around, soft going on mostly packed dirt tracks and roads. I made my way over to the escarpment for a nice view down to a section of the new SGR Railway and played around between the houses and fields. Got lost, turned around, went up and back again. All good fun.

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Above: High above the valley and the new railroad

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Above: Lovely views… a few sections were too rocky for me and the XT

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Above: On footpaths of hardpacked red soil – great terrain for a light, nimble old bike

Eventually I found myself back on the tar and aimed for Brackenhurst for a cup of coffee. My order grew when I saw mention of a bacon sandwich, and took the opportunity while waiting to let the buzz go out of my hands and feet. The XT has a very visceral thump that travels through your body like waves on the sea. It’s raw and lovely, but it does wear you out. After my brunch, I explored the tea and coffee areas on the way to Kiambu and made my way home, arriving by noon.

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Above: Brackenhurst BLT and coffee… oh yes

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Above: Tea estate with housing on the horizon

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Above: Farther downhill the coffee and tea mix as their agro-ecological zones overlap. Kenya’s tea sector is doing great, but the coffee is only so-so. It’s notable how much former coffee land near Nairobi is now converted to housing or other crops.

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Above: Lovely little spot tucked into the tea

The last half hour of the ride was all dust, traffic and speed bumps. To think this is what modernity brings.  Back on the Northern Bypass I rode past the obscenely large money laundering scheme known as Two Rivers Mall and was shocked to see they’d installed a gigantic Ferris wheel. Three staff sat around in the shade. It was completely empty, just like the mall most of the time. Guess this ain’t London.

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Above: I’d choose the wheels on the Left over the one on the Right any day

I've been on the XT a lot lately just to run in the engine, but the rides have been really enjoyable. I hope to keep doing more like this. With the XRR I tend to go chew up big sections of dirt, but with the XT I can kind of just do whatever without feeling bad if it's tar or village roads or whatever. Of course, the way it's styled, it's next to useless in the mud or wet, so I guess I have about another two or three weeks before the rains come and I park her in the garage again... which is why it's nice to have lots of bikes in the stable.

Cheers

Title: Back on the XRR - Post-frame crack bike test
Post by: Osadabwa on March 21, 2019, 11:17:33 am
At last! It’s been a month since I last went out on the XRR. That’s far too long. The weather has been lovely. Very dry, but that suits us desert rats just fine. Work has kept me cooped up in the office, and then just when a gap appeared, I noticed the frame had broken again, so it took a week to sort that out. This time I tried a different welder and he seems to have taken his time to make it right. People always underestimate the beating this poor girl takes.

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In exactly 3 weeks from today I’m leading a group of 3 XRRs up to the farthest point in Kenya on the Ethiopian border. The bikes have to be in top shape. The broken frame made me very worried, so I had to test it to see how she holds up. I took some of the typical tracks and didn’t let off the throttle much. Let at 8 and got in 180km before 11:30AM with total of 30km of tar in that mix. I like those ratios.

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Above: The Pig loves the desert

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Above: So many of my favourite tracks are turning into good dirt roads. I guess I can’t complain. For the first half year, they’re a place to enjoy the BRP’s fantastic speed, and then after one or two rains the road will be destroyed again and more fun to ride.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6f60R1MTkrhPb1frbvnjw99rXR84pH_6JLF6uCPS1YJC0Zv9jEbCtaHr2IDBjTcpIOlBLgvcbByLpUCDcr-_VbNTMIUbWHjR-lyQ1aJk8HzSffVseMQaYRJ-cApJyNBWY4vmRwEpBdjHDIN_YqimfRGFFXdFWZsjFnptc2N0E6ne_xiyiJ92UDzpKB5Qb0cdq0pSll4orjK3YaXy7uILn1jBxfvWA4W4hz3LSogpJ3UNu2Io2B023KwPVLnPcKulkPuAbNjZBeYGvQEzqC2REelLzM34BBHU-HsGE67LTLt7kzqGYasgMPGasoHxGYJfA-7yh4WajGGKA3wYhsSieUQvui781w3OmyIdvgm_UhizIUH5-A8suNE4QNYZ_MyvT3ipYhLwCAleHZ3Ts3z_P_6S-Pco4d0gDowbKAdsgB5zLBADEgVwf68ndrvZ3dmBFDkJTjotrXx74e-wnU9Viwv_ZYML8UCMoZA87BPOteWKt1NCexim68j-DYintqj_dqhwjW9RjFFYDzcRi5eNeheydQugNR_gbyeWU25oRdbhR1FeGiAt5aEsAujch7jxsXV4aW4YQFt0t82lIAxLBsuZNi07moZvVMIZYCWslBTJ20wQ-MabPHtuPiLXHMIGzwMMwT48Zq4CG-uqkszupvN2QT66bndMt2Ze7RO8mcKhcudPCVhXLUxmBTEIbpuGu-tSSKuYKY2hL9D5Ja04tlCI=w1193-h672-no)
Above: Turned up Kisimit Valley to practice my rolling-rock riding since that’s mostly what we’ll find in Turkana. Paused to appreciate this funky layer cake of stone, anthill and tree.

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Above: Heading up the valley, riverbed is dry

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Above: The rockier sections were made more interesting by the cattle traffic jam I encountered. I’m there trying to climb up this hill simultaneously yelling my best cowboy “Hyaaah, come on now cows! Get up! Come on ye lobber asses!”

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Above: The reason I wear a dual-sport helmet instead of goggles is many fold, but primarily because I can ride with sunglasses and open the shield. Today though, I was reminded about the dangers of such a plan… got a nice slice across the schnoot by a wait-a-bit thorn. Maybe I need to make a beak protector like the old-school mountaineers used to do.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/5ZZmD1SolJYZWYl0zOVZsmlrvn341wHanTKwfaxAtigdfVpRsBcfFptovZYQFyXu1ZOF4idNx_QjjvFmIwwFWEBrjZKeR4J-d7olzdxiMTB79Ze4cjGiNzRfwBbQ70uXFdtWTL6Vc3zu2O7WFU3og-H9RWQjgkNsla1VQO7E8OuoE2dPyGiNZHBzCJHLJpVGf3TYO7qs96ZwiGhsFKY4tfrZCd5LUmEh_XxEWIO9XDbullgUehnn8pxJljCtNFIQma2qZAeLgi7p_OPOdpg2lOBkgUShFgFZawGeQXED7I3J8NxWTaki1ngIMluEKWhvm0dzVTB6PjNeDWhG_CBKl8BjWg05iVoUE6vEJOXoqCA1VH1YDGPaRpZjtGZFQPugX4wKB1NHehkm2YDbSHFeRYD_4700MfgXSJFy0BD19dVwraGP59ohmbHyOatj0MrNojJc1bmpwNhHJzIVbUWAkZFQJFnqSuXR4olffoHyzLS4iVUtxxoG97xn2UNirB_3J2r2gUX5Nrntkpb3QWdByZDHzRF5xvnqIEKs8qwZ6bEBXYitMgua_qgphmhxTP33KQLwZ4L8R6NwMD5L4qvGgvSyRGuUFeLelfNjTxeJVkX6wYfp9lunq_n6Q5yHpui14TuK4D-lUPmzkgCQ1MH1-CQAYMyLVXTo39WgZEVuh3SU69u0OIEYPNRJ6GMCZw4PjRWnEceSeP_gkDTO9bFiA8xt=w1193-h672-no)
Above: Just loving the dust, rocks and scenery. I ride these tracks all the time, but never get tired of them.

So what happened to my frame? Long story short: I screwed up, broke the sub-frame and it translated stress to the frame. I have since had it welded, but apparently not by competent folks. It has cracked a couple of times on me, and if it did so up in Turkana, I’d be stuffed. I’m really hopeful the new weld will hold. It was a 6 pass TIG weld and he managed to get in from both sides because I took apart the whole damn bike for him.


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Above: Looking at the frame from the rear wheel-well. The tab is the RHS sub-frame mount.

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Above: Looking at the frame from the outside. Looks pretty smart now.

Doubtful I’ll get in any more practice runs before the long trip and that’s a shame. My hands and arms tell me I’m not in riding shape. The bike is ready, the rider is the weak link!

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: XT JOE on March 21, 2019, 09:40:16 pm
thks for sharing- love the xt
Title: Just dying! Hurry up Easter Bunny!
Post by: Osadabwa on April 07, 2019, 07:59:41 pm
I need to vent. It's been too long!

I'm reading how the Ride Report section is dying, and I think: yeah, I've noticed that. And then I think: Well, shit, I better go ride and make something worth writing about!

To wit:

Plan is well in motion. Friday we depart. First day is just a bit of routine blasting of feshfesh and stone-infested Rift Valley and a few km of tar, food and beer, but after that, we've got 10 days of the far North of Kenya which is no-man's land. There's a drought, it's fucking hot, it might rain... everyone has AK-47s etc... We have a vague plan of trying to find a specific border post marker that Panic found 20 years ago, but apart from that, it's just to be free and fast on XRRs.

So, stay tuned, basically, cause Easter out in Kenya is gonna be:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZrSZqvd_Qwfwz7Qhp5VMlYBzuCnF5j0R4DSwpiFWjnTxbLOYHu4U0EyDXFKYyN3mQtZfENZ-tVHbk5E0lP6eFtnc2QIBpqufubaQTtNwTTflD6R87qY3T4rnx2r7M8D-ltfOGZoft2j3qzoIpdvYJ5upA6OTfyIwxRxjNThoSOrIx5qSVS7B5GrTwnbs-5Fn7Yrl7GXK0voEUIVrVyISRLks7Spr4q_RGJMUO4QWoAWzeGydfik_x1_T6Nyz1dYduD-IE6d9ePhmIQ1RHS1ySOk9nlLwvTRWVTlzNGIGQ2R5iQIgFLRveXpEoC5Bnoqp_eo1y2stqXD-ouMkZBI4ocL_D5xM0Zw6_5IfVdPrODXCMJkq43DYVQdB-JS24TYmcxq8ab4Qg61D2lYHtniZ8ig2A_iNjr6WZ7cBNEYa0CnQGGOXO4jhsFmRxtqE_Ck66w8adCGjLqpd0nGrozrwNfhejrBuvUdGjkEBBy1Nyjg2bTtsDkMDyrn8hMBYvqBBAJnfkegqBNTOxyRujGPz6vsvKweIuVA_uNhw8bkMRrTYdwC1thT6xM3B7sdsua3NrvuWmTAtBk2rh1_LvWtQ2Fjt7c-wp7zZxVmoWlJt_Hdj7_6pqjgPKzoGyaw0PEhsEyvnHQZFP25Lvb4PRqzbj7hLr7Uh6QjKZZkFqwsifwLnPtwLOdKjS0ubxWIRvCYTmJbPfc-cLL19GI_-nPDTslqM=w584-h578-no)

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 07, 2019, 08:08:19 pm
Stop being such a drama queen!

That is a GS territory and I'm sure all you lot are after are the local ladies  :snorting:


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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Noneking on April 07, 2019, 09:40:06 pm
Sub
Great pics and enjoy the writing
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on April 07, 2019, 10:00:18 pm
Oooohhh @Xpat, one day we will ride together and make the sweetest ride report the world has ever seen. With my wit and brains, superior riding skills and photography and your.... big mouth I guess..., we shall be unstoppable. You shall be the weird Dutch Robin to my vastly more handsome and capable Batman.

As to your comment: GS territory, my sweatty balls... just cause you were a wanker and came up here on the wrong steed doesn't make you an expert! Though your comment makes me think you contemplated going for a flabby titted local lady with no teeth and a lip plug hole dripping tobacco juice... And those pics you rudely inserted are fucking Hammers or something, not Turkana, Samburu, Gabra or Dasanech. Now shut up and go write me a story about Lesotho or the Beaches of Mozambique, Mr GastroTourist!     :lol8:

 :snorting: braaaaap!
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 08, 2019, 01:06:36 pm
Oooohhh @Xpat, one day we will ride together and make the sweetest ride report the world has ever seen. With my wit and brains, superior riding skills and photography and your.... big mouth I guess..., we shall be unstoppable. You shall be the weird Dutch Robin to my vastly more handsome and capable Batman.

As to your comment: GS territory, my sweatty balls... just cause you were a wanker and came up here on the wrong steed doesn't make you an expert! Though your comment makes me think you contemplated going for a flabby titted local lady with no teeth and a lip plug hole dripping tobacco juice... And those pics you rudely inserted are fucking Hammers or something, not Turkana, Samburu, Gabra or Dasanech. Now shut up and go write me a story about Lesotho or the Beaches of Mozambique, Mr GastroTourist!     :lol8:

 :snorting: braaaaap!

Well, credit where credit's due - well played!  O0

Rest assured that this is not over yet. I will watch your every step and will pounce at the slightest sign of weakness...  :pot:
Title: Re: Just dying! Hurry up Easter Bunny!
Post by: 0012 on April 09, 2019, 10:52:42 am
So, stay tuned, basically, cause Easter out in Kenya is gonna be:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZrSZqvd_Qwfwz7Qhp5VMlYBzuCnF5j0R4DSwpiFWjnTxbLOYHu4U0EyDXFKYyN3mQtZfENZ-tVHbk5E0lP6eFtnc2QIBpqufubaQTtNwTTflD6R87qY3T4rnx2r7M8D-ltfOGZoft2j3qzoIpdvYJ5upA6OTfyIwxRxjNThoSOrIx5qSVS7B5GrTwnbs-5Fn7Yrl7GXK0voEUIVrVyISRLks7Spr4q_RGJMUO4QWoAWzeGydfik_x1_T6Nyz1dYduD-IE6d9ePhmIQ1RHS1ySOk9nlLwvTRWVTlzNGIGQ2R5iQIgFLRveXpEoC5Bnoqp_eo1y2stqXD-ouMkZBI4ocL_D5xM0Zw6_5IfVdPrODXCMJkq43DYVQdB-JS24TYmcxq8ab4Qg61D2lYHtniZ8ig2A_iNjr6WZ7cBNEYa0CnQGGOXO4jhsFmRxtqE_Ck66w8adCGjLqpd0nGrozrwNfhejrBuvUdGjkEBBy1Nyjg2bTtsDkMDyrn8hMBYvqBBAJnfkegqBNTOxyRujGPz6vsvKweIuVA_uNhw8bkMRrTYdwC1thT6xM3B7sdsua3NrvuWmTAtBk2rh1_LvWtQ2Fjt7c-wp7zZxVmoWlJt_Hdj7_6pqjgPKzoGyaw0PEhsEyvnHQZFP25Lvb4PRqzbj7hLr7Uh6QjKZZkFqwsifwLnPtwLOdKjS0ubxWIRvCYTmJbPfc-cLL19GI_-nPDTslqM=w584-h578-no)

 :snorting:

 :imaposer:   :imaposer:

Tuned!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Bommelina on April 09, 2019, 11:32:47 am
Tuned in

hh
Title: XR650R Borderlands Braaap - Return to Lake Stefanie
Post by: Osadabwa on April 22, 2019, 03:02:53 pm
Just got back from the far North, folks. Here's the RR Teaser:

Three XR650Rs make a 2000km, 10-day loop to the Northern Frontier of Kenya.

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Once a year the stars align and a couple of guys have time to do a serious trip. This year, three of us took 10 days to explore the Far North of Kenya. Our mission for this trip was to revisit Lake Stefanie, a dry salt pan on the border with Ethiopia that Panic had visited 28 years ago on his overloaded XT500. He has a pic of him standing on border stone C29 that we used as our inspiration for returning. It was just the kind of mission I love: random, achievable, far out, and quirky, and on the XR650R, it would be a pleasure.

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Above: The goal of the trip: return Panic to Lake Stefanie.

Most folks (including me) have always referred anything near Lake Turkana as “going to Turkana”, but after this ride I think we need a new term for the area in the extreme north, East of the Lake where the Turkana are actually few on the ground. The post-colonial name for the place: Northern Frontier District better encapsulates the feeling of the place and lets the Samburu, Rendille, Gabra, Borana and Dasanech people we met along the way not be side-lined. We had a blast. Here’s a nibble.

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That should be teaser enough.
More soon…
Oink
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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 22, 2019, 04:38:41 pm
 with rolling baby-heads.

I've heard gruesome names, but this one takes the win!! :eek7: :o :deal:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Sam on April 23, 2019, 01:32:01 pm
Looks awesome as always - looking forward to the rest.

Do you guys ever work.....?
Title: Day one - Nyahururu
Post by: Osadabwa on April 23, 2019, 08:02:39 pm
Panic and I left on Friday, kitted and ready for the long journey. We’d meet Neb in Nyahururu later that evening, but first we had some valley blasting to do. The bikes initially felt heavy in their full travel trim, and like the last ride I did, I managed to drop mine within the first hour (Moses, see this trip report from December!). Fortunately, this time I didn’t puncture the radiator, and I quickly got back into the rhythm of the heavier setup, allowing the XR650R to soak up the rocks and ruts, which loaded she handles even better than light.

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Above: The Ngong Hills wind turbines in the morning

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Above: Panic and a local giraffe… a good omen!

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Above: Later, I found a dead thing… maybe not such a good omen?

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Above: Descending the usual tracks, letting the BRP run like a train

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Above: Everyone laments the ongoing drought… I can’t help but think maybe there are simply too many people, cows, sheep and goats. Regardless of the meteorological situation, what do we expect will happen?

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Above: Across the Narok road and heading up the Mau… dusty as hell it was. In the past month, I know of 2 guys on Baluga Bikes that were punished by the fesh-fesh… the Pig isn’t laughing at you, she’s laughing with you fellas, but she just roared through it all.

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To be continued...
Title: Borderlands Ride - Day 1 continued
Post by: Osadabwa on April 23, 2019, 08:11:29 pm
Having zipped through our usual backyard terrain, I was keen to explore some little tracks that might drop us past Soysambu and into Gilgil in an interesting and hopefully greener way. I caught sight of a little track and took it up to a pretty little overlook that seemed quite promising. In the distance, paths could plainly be seen going over the hill. We dropped in and scampered up the other side and were rewarded with fantastic views of L. Naivasha below, but the track vanished into fields and the gorge on the other side looked rather imposing, so we looped back and found a bar to quench our thirst for adventure instead. The Pigs had places to be, we couldn’t be farting around all day.

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Above: That track wasn’t on my GPS… why? Probably because I could see it would dead-end

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Above: Panic descends as a donkey cart comes up.

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Above: Somebody parked their boda on the trail… Panic stalled the Pig getting past!

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Above: At the top, not caring we were going to have to abandon ship

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Above: They were lovely views… with less kit I’d be keen to try again

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Above: Panic gets the hell out of Dodge

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Above: Later, crawling through a dusty riverbed where yet more livestock eeked out a pitiful existence, I managed to run right square over a baby goat. RIP little fella, the Pig takes no prisoners.

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Above: Miserably dusty and windy, we found a bar and took a load off.

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Above: The place had the right idea: we’re on holiday man! Relax and enjoy!

From the wee bar, we set off through more and more dust and not many trees. It didn’t seem right considering where we were, fairly high up and not far from Eburru Forest which Wry assures me is quite a nice little place. But it’s back to the numbers: too many people, cattle, sheep and goats. Below is a comparison of LandSat images taken in 2003/4 when I first came through Kenya on a bike, and now. I guess it’s pretty clear the direction we’re heading in. In 2003/4, there were 34-35 million souls, now there are 49 million. It’s the way of the world I guess. I read somewhere that Iowa has only 2% native prarie where it used to be 100%, and England is only about 10% forested… change is inevitable, but in Africa, it’s just happening faster and right under my nose and one never has any faith whatsoever in those in charge at any level to do the right thing. Anyway… on the positive side, desertification is great news for XR riders.

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Above: The track we took overlaid on the formerly green Mau Escarpment vs now. Spot the difference, kids.

We split down toward Gilgil past Soysambu, through more dusty misery where a few camels nibbled between the thorns for a gob full of leaves. To my complete surprise, I stumbled upon a memory from 2004. When I passed through here on my BMW Dakar (gak) back then, I took a pic of a monument to a Mexican Priest who had died in a car crash at that spot in 1974. Lo and behold, there was the monument again! It’s an odd sensation, like stepping back in time. It would turn out that time and our grasp on it during this trip would be decidedly flexible… this was just the first taste.

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Above: Soysambu camels probably faring better than the cattle

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Above: The Mexican Priest’s monument… flashback to 2004 for me

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Above: Lunch stop in Gilgil… pretty damn good eats… made me ponder the meaning of life… or I was just worn out already!

From Gilgil, we tarsmacked it to the Thompson’s Falls Hotel where Neb showed up in time for beers and a hearty dinner. None of us slept worth a damn… to excited for the day to come.

Stay tuned.

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 23, 2019, 08:54:11 pm
Ok, Im tuned. Spoil us  :sip:
Title: Day 2 - Ngurunit via the Milgis Lugga
Post by: Osadabwa on April 24, 2019, 05:47:56 pm
We were keen to get up North as quickly as we could, so after we dinked around at the hotel a bit in the morning and had a full breakfast, we shot up the road to Rumuruti to Mugie and on to Maralal. As riding goes, it’s fairly horrible, and soon the Nairobi super bikers and BMW bandits will be able to test their speedometers there… tarmac cometh. I wonder if it will continue on to Loiyangilani?

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Above: The hotel at Thompson’s Falls

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Above: Stopped for a whiz near the Mugie gate and watched lazy zebras out for a drink.

In Maralal, we did a quick fill-up and turned down the track that falls off the escarpment. It was only a few months ago we were here, but I still got caught out by a deep dip. I’ve done it before and it punished me badly this time: I approach something fast and decide I’d better not hit it full speed (usually a bad idea, but saves you breaking stuff), so I slam the brakes and downshift. On hard-pack, this sometimes stalls the engine and locks the rear wheel. A bike moving at 50-60kph with only one rolling wheel is in deep shit when it hits the obstacle, and when I hit this one, I went flying. Hit hard, smacked my noggin, rolled around a bit, but was absolutely fine (cheer, AGATT warriors!). Not even a bruise, but the lingering sensation that I am doing something dangerously wrong nagged me most of the trip. Public Service Announcement: Cover your clutch folks! I probably don’t have to tell you, but my stupid ass needs reminding.

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Above: See that huge dip? Me either, hence the surprise. Bike melted plastic against the dirt on impact.

On with the show, we scooted down the concrete slabbed road to a nice look-out spot for a picnic that included cheese (thanks Neb! But what, no butter?) and some tasty sardines and bread. From there it was a shot straight to the Milgis on an ever-improving road. The first time through there, it was a challenge to find it. In December, it was twisty and tricky. Now, the motor patrol has made it mostly arrow-straight, if still quite whoop-y in spots. Anyway, in Kenya, a dirt road always tends toward entropy. It’ll be shot in a couple of seasons.

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Above: Neb gets it up

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Above: Descending the valley

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Above: Our lookout lunch spot

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Above: Troglodytes at table, and remnants of a child’s game on the stones

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Above: Post-prandial braaping - it’s quick going from the hills to the riverbed

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Above: Those two guys, I’m thinking, are not right in the head.

The Milgis was sandy and dry and we were gagging to get tracing. In December, we rode the riverbed to the top of the Mathew’s range, this time we’d be taking her all the way to Ngurunit, 80km away. On the pigs, that was accomplished in very short order, even with stops to admire the scenery. It was quick, and loud, and very, very enjoyable as always.

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Above: Panic comes around the rocks a bit askew, as you do

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Above: The Milgis. It’s a blur

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Above: My weapon of choice

To be continued...
Title: To Ngurunit via Milgis Lugga... continued
Post by: Osadabwa on April 24, 2019, 05:54:59 pm

Two thirds of the way down the Milgis, past the turn to the Mathews is the riverbed’s only impassable feature. The stone barrier several meters high must be an impressive waterfall when there’s rain. It forces you out of the riverbed under a nice shady tree where you can watch the goings on below. We rested for an hour watching herd after herd of livestock walk slowly up the hill and around behind us. Herders were interested but mostly left us be. One guy had a modern rifle, another carried a tanned cow hide in a roll. The heat was pretty serious, being early afternoon, so watching the moving matinee was just the thing to do.

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Above: Panic and I under the sit and wait tree

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Above: Samburu fellas watching the wazungu watch the riverbed

Dropping back into the riverbed for the last half-hour of blasting, we were treated to great views of the Ndotos in the background, and some big, soft, white sections of sand interspersed with the more common brown, cracked clay from above. In a couple of spots, there were fairly high drop-offs where a cross current had cut a channel in the sand that caught us all by surprise, but the solution was throttle open, lean back and launch. So much fun. On our return trip, we’d find out that the Milgis isn’t always so forgiving…

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Above: Neb drops back in for the rest of the ride

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Above: The Ndoto mountains are spectacular things

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Above: The Milgis is so wide in places you can lose track of the other riders

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Above: That soft, white sand is fantastic

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Above: Out of the riverbed for the 10km clip into Ngurunit. A very lovely way to end the day.

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Above: Ngurunit town entrance

We arrived to our usual spot, the container shade camp. It’s great because you don’t have to fiddle with your tent, you just put your sleeping mat down and they provide a mosquito net. Neb skipped that step as well and just tossed his mat on the ground. We lighted up Panic’s East German Jewel stove and hammered a huge pasta dinner Neb organized while sipping fancy infused vodka some ex girlfriend had gifted him. It was a pretty cosmopolitan night, and would kind of set the standard for what to expect, even as we ventured farther and farther into the remote north.

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Above: Ngurunit container camp

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Above: Warm beers and crusty bikers… can’t guess why we weren’t swarmed by the local ladies while we were there. I guess, unlike our wives, they have high standards.

It's probably worth watching the re-cap video... it was certainly fun to make.



Tomorrow: Chalbi Desert

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Sheepman on April 24, 2019, 06:46:20 pm
Cool report and vid  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 24, 2019, 09:50:47 pm
Alright, you have my attention.  For my next sabbatical I may need to plan a ride up there for a month or three.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Good exploratory DS riding is very difficult to come by here in Southern Africa (though I just found and explored a local Simpson desert that for some reason none of the locals know about, even if I told them about it already few years back myself - will do write up on that later on), so a trip up to your village where the exploration possibilities still look alive and kicking may be in order. Just keep at least some of that forrest going till I come - a break from all the dust will be most welcome.

Anyway, carry on, I'm watching with great interest  :thumleft:
Title: Xpat
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 06:20:49 am
Hey Xpat, karibu sana. Come on up!

I have a million places I'd like to go, but sometimes get deterred by tribal bullshit or extreme weather (heat, mostly, but also rains... we dodged a flood by 2 days this trip). There are big sections of excellent territory that most sensible people won't go to because they're afraid of being caught up in a gun battle. The US Embassy et.al. are on the extreme end of the spectrum, saying you can't even visit the places I've just returned from, which is silly, but it's hard to filter the truth in the unnecessary fear mongering.

Anyway, the writeups are done, so let me just dump them all in here and have it over with!

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Title: Day 3 - The Kaisut, Koroli and Chalbi Deserts
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 06:42:09 am
We slept soundly despite the heat and were up at dawn to a cacophony of bird song. Quick coffees, ablutions, some bites and we were on the road again, blasting toward Korr and Kargi gutting the Kaisut desert on the way to the Chalbi and Kalacha beyond.

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Above: Monkeys above and monkeys below, leaving the Ndotos behind

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Above: Leaving Ngurunit is always fast and beautiful

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Above: Near the junction to Ilaut, camels, camels everywhere.

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Above: Quick going in the early morning – check out the Kori Bustard in the lower left… largest flying bird.

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Above: Through an open, flat plain, we arrived to Korr where a line of Rendille igloos hunkered behind a beautiful riverine tree.

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Above: Korr – Yes – O K. Wheelie Neb!

It was only about half an hour from Korr to Kargi, but it was good fun. The road kind of spluttered and vanished at times and we were left to braap over dunes til we found it again, and then there was a large, empty reservoir which afforded a great opportunity to do some track racing. In hindsight, I think we should have had a 3 way race. Next time, boys.

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Above: The guys bundu bashing

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Above: Me in the reservoir

In Kargi, it was noon somewhere, so we rousted around for a cold one. Failing that, we settled for a warm one at the absolutely fantastic Makuti Bar. Why was it fantastic? Because it was far away from the town centre, there were no kids or mentally ill around, and the clientele were fascinating. I spent an hour chatting with an old fellow who had been a peace keeper in Yugoslavia in the 90’s, had fallen in love with and American bird, but alas the cultural/political/passport issues separating a mzungu from Minnesota and a Rendille peacekeeper from Kargi proved insurmountable. So there he was, sharing a beer with his Christian friend (he was Muslim), and his bag of Khat with me (mild stimulant, no big deal). It was the best bush beer I’ve ever had.

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Above: Ta-daaaah! The Makuti Bar in Kargi! Come one, come all!

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Above: The boys and I and the wazee.

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Above: Me with my Khat leaves, the Muslim mzee Sandap from the Peace Keepers (he was also a paratrooper) and his Christian mate, and former Chief of Kargi, Mr. Wambile. Take note, world. This is how you do it. I took their numbers for the next time I pass by, and we bought a round before saying adios.

The beers made us peckish, and it was still hotter than the hammers of Hell, so we asked the wazee where we could grind some goat. Sandap whips out his phone and calls up one of his wives and directs us to the Bismallah Hotel, a place we would definitely not have taken seriously otherwise… it looked a bit like a goat shed. We chowed some delicious mbuzi stew with potatoes, fresh chapos and cabbage, had a cup of pre-sweetened, smokey tea and were geared up to head out into the unknown. I had planned an off-piste section to get us to the Chalbi Desert that would be, possibly, kind of interesting.

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Above: The Bismallah in Kargi

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Above: Happily chowing down

The track out of Kargi started out very clear. It was a big, dusty double-track that led through the fesh to a black stone-covered island in the middle of the Koroli Desert that borders the bone-dry and flat Chalbi. My track petered out at the stones, so I followed the compass north to find where we were headed. The Koroli is white-sand with little dried flat-spots in between. It all winds through thorn bushes that leave just enough space between for a bike, but you still need to watch out for thorns if you’re running tubes. I loved it, the oppressive heat notwithstanding. It was fun to wind your way through the soft stuff, hit the pans and open it up, slam it back down into a dune… magic. Not sure the others liked it as much as I did.

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Above: The black stones start, Koroli is on its way… yes that rim is as bent as it looks

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Above: Primates make extensive use of body language to communicate: Panic, the largest gorilla on the trip, is displaying clear body language in the photo above. My years of riding with him tell me he is conveying a particular message to me. It says: If I get a puncture, I’ll have your nuts.

To be continued...



Title: Day 3 - Borderlands braap continued
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 06:48:21 am
It was hot, so it felt like forever, but quickly we were on the white sand dune that borders the southern edge of the Chalbi, that empty lake-bed maybe 20km wide and 100km long that has long fascinated, and sometimes swallowed visitors. From the dune we could see what at first looked like black stones shimmering in the distance, but Panic’s eagle eye said: that’s green… there is an oasis there. Sure enough, it was. As we approached you could make out the daum palms eeking out an existence in the salty soil. Four or five wells had been dug, each about as big around as a really big hot-tub. Two were dry, but with mud just below the surface, one was full of brown murky water, and the last was full of beautiful, clear green water. The green pool was the most appealing, but very salty. We ladled a bit out just to cool our necks, enjoyed the weirdness of the place and pressed on. I wanted to bee-line it for Kalacha, but Panic has seen what the middle of the desert can hide: mud just below the surface, so we stuck close to a pre-existing doubletrack and flew.

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Above: From the white border dune, looking out to the Chalbi

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Above: Neb approaches the Chalbi, the oasis a black dash-dot-dash in the distance

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Above: Panic drops in

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Above: At the oasis, a muddy pool

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Above: The sense of space here is surreal… you couldn’t be more exposed. And it was oven hot, set on convect with a steady wind. According to Butterball, our three turkeys should have been cooked in 4 ½ hours or so, basting with the juices every 30 minutes to keep moist.

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Above: Left – I stepped into one of the “dry” holes only to sink to my ankles in mud. This is what Panic predicted we’d find in the centre of the lakebed

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Above: The green pool. Obviously at some time in the year people water animals here, but the water was very brackish when we visited. I badly wanted to swim in it too, but the idea of diving in there kind of gave me the heebie-jeebies… it looks like a porthole to another dimension, and I imagined myself crawling out covered in clay I had no way of washing off.

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Above: Crystal clear jade water, salty, but good for a splash bath.

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Above: This is the iconic Chalbi… cracked clay as far as the eye can see.

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Above: Try to take a pic of guys riding and they just vanish into the heat-shimmering distance

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Above: Turning toward Kalacha, we stuck to the double-track and flew. Neb hit 148kph just because

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Above: Most of the time in the North, a wicked wind blew constantly, like an industrial hair dryer on you all day. The only positive side: the dust was usually blown laterally out of the way of the next rider.

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In Kalacha we found suitable digs run by a nice chap near the now very run-down AIC camp that used to have a pool which is now dried up. The place had a solar fridge that they switched on only when we arrived, but it was full of beer and water, so it won our hearts (also, it was the only option). They made good grub and the huts were breezy enough. There was plenty of water in the showers for a periodic cool-down too. Soon there will be a place near the entrance of town among the palms that has a pool, but also boasts a hearty pong of cattle and camel shit, since it’s right next to a massive watering hole, and it no doubt buzzes with mozzies. If I’m honest, I’d give Kalacha a miss next time, knowing what I know now.

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Above: Our digs. Comfortable enough to be sure. We slept like the dead, despite it being on the main road.

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Above: The AIC church wire fence makes beautiful modern art in the evening light… that’s me trying to spin the fact that there was garbage everywhere

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Above: We were in Gabra country now, but the cloth, cardboard and plastic igloos remain unchanged.

It was another fantastic, rip-snorting day... see the vid for a sense of the space out there:


Next up: The mysterious Huri Hills...
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Title: Day 4 - Huri Hills and the Stone Racetrack
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 07:15:49 am
We crawled out of our huts at dawn and right away Neb noticed an issue with his bike: one of the puny ass 6mm bolts holding his rack and 25kg of kit had snapped. Panic, I’m not positive, but I think I remember suggesting Neb replace those with larger, 8mm bolts last time we were with him? Or? Or? Or? Anyway, we knew this would delay us, but because Kalacha had options for help, it wouldn’t end the ride.  Neb zipped off to the Catholic church to pray for redemption and forgiveness. While he was there, he met a German priest who had a massive workshop and opened it for our use. He said “I’m here to save souls, but I probably save mostly travellers! The Chalbi breaks everything.”

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Above: Me, doing my best visual representation of schadenfreude… Neb, look it up

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Above: The workshop in Kalacha is as big as the church, and very well stocked. Many thanks for opening your doors for our little brother!

Neb drilled out his 6mm bolts and tapped in 8mm ones (finally) and we were on our way. It was approaching noon when we left, but we didn’t have too far to go. The plan was to ride through the Huri Hills to Forolle at the Ethiopian border, then cut west to Dukana where we would stay at a mission station manned by Neb’s friends. It was 100% new territory for all of us, and it turned out to be a fantastic day.

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Above: Neb admiring a bit of volcanic art

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Above: At first I thought these little towers of stone were grave markers, but later I saw them put to use as mini baby goat corrals. Clever.

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Above: The approach to the Huri Hills was all loose stone, very rideable, but treacherously sprinkled with those rim-bending, bar-wrenching embedded buggars that for some reason you can never see until it’s too late. Probably a good idea to slow down a bit, but we didn’t.

The higher into the Hills we rode, the cooler it got. Coming from the blast furnace of Kalacha, it was absolute heaven. The place was serene. Bright, dry, yellow grass carpeted the scene. Big, funky trees huddled in groups along ridge lines, and the breeze was almost what you’d call cool. We were sight-seeing properly here, toodling along and taking it in. In future, I’ll fuel up in Kalacha and ride up here to camp.

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Above: Panic! You forgot to turn on your beauty filter… and the enigmatic Huri Hills

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Above: We parked under a tree for a noonish nibble

To be continued...
Title: Day 4 of Borderlands Braap continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 07:21:25 am
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Above: These trees all had white bands around their trunks and had signs indicating they were protected. Now that’s a crazy assed idea in Kenya. Think of all the charcoal you could make instead!

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Above: I’d happily return to the Huri’s to figure out more about the sacred landscape. For whatever reason, it was really endearing. Probably because it was a little island of cool air above all that Northern Frontier District heat

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Above: Neb believes he can flyyy!

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Above:  These purple flowers were a nice break from the bleakness around.

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Above: Sacred to whom? Sacred for what? Qalqach Gandille sounds like something out of DUNE

We were descending the Huri Hills and trundling down to the superheated plains once again. Soon the Forolle Mountain marking the Ethiopia border loomed into view. On the way down, we saw the first of only maybe 3 vehicles on the roads for the entire trip. This place is that remote. High from the riding, we made a plan to find a cold one in Forolle to celebrate. Again we had a great experience at the local bar. The piss warm beers were Harar from Ethiopia, and the drunks were all very pleasant. Neb went inside to chat, and Panic and I held court by the door, joking and laughing with a guy who turned out to be the local police sergeant. I asked why he was pissed on a Wednesday afternoon, but he assured me it was fine because he had sent all the rest of the police to Marsabit for work!

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Above: Neb descends toward Forolle, the border of Ethiopia

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Above: Neb and his drinking buddies in the Forolle bar. Of course we bought the house a round.

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Above: Harar beer and a lady from the Borana tribe that criss-cross the border region

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Above: Right, our friendly police sergeant points accusingly... he was funny

To be continued...
Title: Day 4 of borderlands braap continued again...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 07:27:37 am
We were bouncing from good experience to good experience up there in the North. Just loving it, and so happy the US Embassy keeps telling everyone to stay away for their safety… So after the pit-stop, we were exactly half-way to Dukana and it was getting on in the day. Fortunately, we were on the time machines and keyed up for a trace. The road was a bull-dozer track pushed through endless miles of basket-ball sized basalt boulders, leaving only baby-heads and marbles on the track. We just went for it. Overlapping each other every 10 km or so, we kept everyone together without needing to stop, and it was excellent.

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Above: Leaving Forolle… hope to return again soon!

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Above: In the background, under the tree, you can just make out Neb, nearly going off the track… his ambition exceeding his abilities

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Above: These two knuckleheads picked the exact same spot to nearly ride into oblivion, just by that tree in the distance. I was on the hill waiting to take a pic and saw them both hit the brakes and skitter off the side… hilarious! Full moon was already up… maybe that’s what had gotten into us.

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Above: The rocky track was so much fun, Panic’s leg tried to race him around every corner.

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Above: Neb

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By the time that magic afternoon light had gold-plated everything, we were within view of Dukana. I pulled off to admire Gof Dukana, a big volcanic crater. We organized a selfie and slipped past a really long camel train into Dukana where Neb took us the back-way into the mission over a rockfield and we were warmly greeted. That night, we were invited to either pitch tents on the stony ground, or put mattresses in the church. We chose the latter and it was fantastic. The wind never stops up here, so we cooked inside among the pews and spent the evening watching the moon and stars on the porch. Neb and I put mattresses on the porch and Panic slept inside… I think it was the best sleeping of the whole trip.

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Above: XRRs, happy bikers and Gof Dukana

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Above: Keep your Marlboros. This is Camel Country

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Above: Neb asking for the kanisa

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Above: A kid, his sheep and his igloo

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Above: Arriving at the mission in the stones and wind.

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Above: Panic, our happy chef, whipping up Rat Pack #13, Lamb Rogan Josh… oh man, that is indeed heavenly.

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Above: Clever makeshift stained-glass cross. I love the ingenuity of people in these places.

That was a fantastic day. Have a gander at the moving pictures:


Next time: Ileret

 :snorting:
Title: Day 5 - Ileret and the petrol debacle
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 07:50:13 am
Rested from our night in the church, we kitted up and blasted off early before the church resumed its former duties, but not before this fateful discussion:

Our host: Do you have enough fuel?
Me: [Confidently] Oh yeah, totally. Let’s go.
Panic: [Sotto voce] Maybe we need fuel, or?
Neb: [even more Sotto voce] Yeah, umm, maybe we need fuel, nguys.
Me: [Confident AF] Nah, we’re good. Let’s go.
Panic, Neb: [Shrugging meekly] Sawa…

And just like that, a German Master Mechanic and a mechanical engineer allowed a guy with an arts degree to do the math for our fuel needs. This is how you end up with the Holocaust people! Smart people listening to idiots! Off we braaaaped... Dumb, Dumber and King Doofus.

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Above: Panic counting his bressings.

The ride out of Dukana in the early light was simply splendid. The road is BMW worthy at first and the views are spectacular. The mountains in Ethiopia lord over the scene here, as we skirt the border area. We rode fast and loose for about 50km. At a lovely spot where the road starts to get a bit rocky, Neb says: Um nguys, we shouldn’t be too macho about this fuel situation… once the level ngets down where it is, it ngoes fast. And only then did I realize we weren’t going to make it to Lake Stefanie and on to Ileret, and it was my fault. Shit. Grim faced all around, we decided (again idiotically) to ride to Sabarei police post to see if they have fuel (they didn’t, of course they didn’t) and then on to Ileret in safe mode, rather than turning tail and going back to Dukana then and there. We decided if the levels got too low, I would poach their fuel, leave them in the bush, fill up in Ileret and come back for them. Thankfully, as we got closer, it became clear we’d make it, but only just.

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Above: Early light on parallel with Ethiopian border

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Above: The road cut through a lot more greenery than I thought we could expect up North

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Above: The a-ha moment for me: Neb says we’re screwed, fuel-wise and it finally sinks in.

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Above: Down we go, rather than turning back to Dukana for petrol like clever people would have

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Above: At least the scenery was lovely

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Above: Puttering slower than a 990 through fesh-fesh with a bubbling clutch, we crawled towards Ileret. I felt just like this cow… if the Pigs can’t fly, they make you cry.

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Above: In Ileret, we found the most expensive fuel in Kenya: 200 KES/L, and we were thankful to have it. Panic’s red tank was totally empty as we ploughed through the deep sand.

To be continued...
Title: Day 5 of the Borderlands Braap, continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 07:51:07 am
Thankfully, spirits quickly revived. All of us jointly owned up to being morons for not sorting out the fuel situation in Dukana, and it made me feel a lot better. We found first world digs at the Turkana Basin Institute and were promptly fed a hearty lunch with cold beers to boot. Settling in to a half day rest period, we got into the right frame of mind. After a nice little afternoon nap and several showers (hot, I tell you, hot), we set off in the afternoon for a little recce of the border. The semi-permanent Kenyan researchers we met indicated there may be Ethiopian beers in the villages up the way, so we went for a lookysee.

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Above: TBI makes Ileret a fantastic place to be.

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Above: Views from the dining pavilion over L. Turkana. This place hosts dozens of students and researchers each year, and has a full-time staff that were super organized and accomodating.

In cruising trim, we set off for the lake and the border. A big raincloud was sweeping the area ahead, and the light was amazing. We passed by Lake Turkana, but here there were high reeds that precluded a good view. At some point, I was riding along through a village, looking for a bar, and I hear Neb hoot somewhat insistently and a little testily I thought. I see him roosting back the way we’d come, and quickly realized why: we’d entered Ethiopia by mistake. Amharic writing on signs, Ethiopian flags ripping in the wind… it was time to head back.

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Above: Panic in his day-glo green cruising shirt. This man is a fashion icon.

As usual, I stopped to take a pic of the guys riding by. Neb takes it as his cue to pull a wicked wheelie, and I’m ready to capture the moment it all goes horribly wrong. Braaap! Up goes the nose…. Out come the feet… down goes Neb… here comes his bike! The whole thing happened in slow-motion, but I was pretty sure he was going to take me and my bike out as well. Thankfully, he missed, but he did manage to break his rack (again). After that, we cruised home, got more 200/= fuel and watched the sunset over L. Turkana with some very refreshingly cold beers.

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Above: About as far from home as you can get, Neb sends it and bites the dust.

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Above: Dust still settling, we were happy to see Neb wasn’t hurt despite not wearing his gear (AGATT fanatics, sharpen your pitchforks).

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Above: More extortion at the fuel spot

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Above: I don’t know why, but in Ileret, all the Igloos are made out of corrugated iron sheets! They must literally be like bread ovens in there! This must be proof that the Dasanech are the baddest ass folks in the region…

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Above: Good night, you yellow burning ball of plasma. We’ll meet again.

Tomorrow - Lake Stefanie and the best ride of the trip

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Title: Day 6 - Lake Stefanie and the North Horr surprise
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 08:06:56 am
That night, the heavens opened and a whipping rain pelted down. I had pulled my bed outside on the veranda and it was like sleeping in a hurricane, but the cool air was fantastic. We awoke to clear skies and the makings of a fantastic and surprising day. We’d passed by our ride’s stated objective the day before, but we’d go back and make up for that. The downside was, we’d have to backtrack, and we’d miss out on riding through Sibiloi National Park. Neither issue bothered me too much because a) the riding was fantastic, if you didn’t have to nurse the throttle b) this would give us more time in the extreme north and c) who are we kidding? Sibiloi ain’t all that great… it’s a stony, bushy mess. So lets go!

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Above: Morning pastels over Lake Turkana

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Above: My bike and I had a nice, if windy, night at TBI

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Above: A bit of deepish sand to get the morning going. I remember how sand used to make me tremble. After 5 years in Dar es Salaam and 5 more in Kenya, I've been inoculated.

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Above: Double-take

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Above: Nice to see Neb didn’t get put off by his recent wheelie whoopsie.

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Above: Drifting, blasting and beautiful scenery

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Above: Just out for some rock chucking

In no time we were at the junction leading to Stefanie. We started down it, but realised that there was a perfectly lovely riverbed there, so we took it instead. Since coming to Kenya, I’ve been in a dozen riverbeds, big and small. This one is my favourite. Black sand interspersed with different sizes of embedded river stones made the riding interesting and fun. It was wide enough to choose your own line, but flanked with big green trees, it really felt out there. We rode happily along until the bed began to vanish into the bush, coaxing us back out to the 4x4 track where we quickly found what we were looking for: border post C29 in Lake Stefanie.

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Above: Neb does a bit of driftsplatting

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Above: Very funky geology around here… couldn’t guess what earth-shattering upheaval created this formation

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Above: The mix of sand and stones was really good fun to ride.

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To be continued...
Title: Day 6 of the Borderlands Braap continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 08:09:58 am
The track was hard to spot and farted around in the bush for awhile. Then we spotted a border post, but it was C28. Panic knew C29 was out in an open plain (remember, it was 28 years ago he visited), so we pressed on, ignoring our GPSs which indicated we were straying well into Ethiopia. Carefully crawling around the dry lake shore, trying not to get caught in slippery mud, we spotted it. Standing lonely in the middle of the lake bed, there was C29.

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Above: Mission accomplished! We brought Panic back to C29!

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Above: I guess it’s obvious we think the XR beats everything for this kind of thing…

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Above: Once Panic had had his moment, Neb and I posed with the stone as well

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Above: One tire in Kenya, one in Ethiopia

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Above: Triumphant at the top of the country!

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We stayed awhile at the border post watching the world and the goings on. I made a quick foray out onto the pan to write a message for anyone passing by in an airplane, marking our territory… Then we went fossil hunting along the ancient shore and found a number of unidentifiable marine shell or coral structures and several large, petrified black fish vertebrae. It really put a cap on the feeling of stepping back in time. There was a surprising amount of activity around as well, with huge herds of goats passing by with their herders and families in tow. One very old mzee parked himself near our spot, laid his rifle at his feet and casually greeted us. Neb tried to chat, but there was no common language between them. He showed us a few neat rocks from his pouch, and that was that.

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Above: Our signature written in dirt on the Kenyan side of the border

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Above: Tough guys up here. Borana maybe? Dasanech? An Ethiopian tribe?

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Above: the men pushed the goats, the women walked ahead with gourds. The old Mzee would walk along, sit and wait, and walk along again. We felt like time travelers.

To be continued...
Title: Day 6 of the Borderlands Braap continued again...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 08:14:55 am
Reluctantly, we set off again, heading to Dukana and on to North Horr where who knows what rotten accommodation awaited. Happily though, we could first ride back up the riverbed and the road to Dukana which was pure pleasure.

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Above: Back in the riverbed… sometimes the water comes through here in torrents

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Above: Re-crossing the Sele Gublo pass toward Dukana

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Above: In Dukana we hit gold at the Jaribu Dukana Central duka and hoteli. Awesome mbuzi with njera and decently cold Cokes.

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Above: This time, we didn’t fail to fill up the tanks…

We left Dukana in the blistering, wind-blown heat of afternoon. It was thermonuclear. It was miserable, and the riding was like being stuck in an infinite feedback loop. Once we passed the purple mountain, it was just mile after repetitive mile of straight, rocky, sandy road and mile after mile of brownish yellow sand and dirt and mile after mile of camels and blue skies. Finally, we saw a nice dry riverbed lined with big trees, and I offered to take a break in the shade but the guys just wanted to push on. I kept thinking, “What’s the rush? North Horr will be worse than Kalacha!”, but we kept at it. I swear I passed the same lonely tree with the same overheated camels under it a dozen times.

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As we neared North Horr, the riding improved to sandy tracks. We pulled into town in a flash and a plume of windswept dust and began the hopeless quest to identify a decent place to stay. As a joke, Neb asked the guy where the swimming pool was. I chortled in my helmet, then I heard him reply: “Oh, you head out of town toward Loiyangilani, past the oasis where the water crosses, and turn right. Can’t miss it.” I’ll be damned if he wasn’t dead on!

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Lo and behold, there was a swimming pool! And lo and behold, they had a bar attached with really properly cold beers in it! I felt like we’d hit the jackpot! We stripped the bikes and dove right into the pool. The beers piled up and we laughed and drank well into the night. The creator of the place (the jovial Kenyan Catholic priest from N. Horr!) came by to chat and gave us his blessing to stay. Swimming under a full moon with nobody else around and zero light pollution was fantastic. We put mattresses on the makeshift concrete sunbeds and slept al-fresco with bats clicking around our heads and a hyena giggling the night away just outside the fence. And all this because we were too dumb to fuel up in Dukana the day before. That’s why I say: Osadabwa.

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Above: Three, two, one! Touchdown!

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Above: Happy bikers at the oasis

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Above: Just loving it.

Here's the moving picture for you, folks:


Next time: Mt Kulal

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Title: Day 7 - Up to Gatab on Mt. Kulal
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 08:35:17 am
Dawn hadn’t broken yet but I was up. Bats by the dozens were whipping willy-nilly around my head snapping up a few last dudus before calling it a night. The pool must attract some good grub, but it was so dry that we slept outside unmolested by mozzies. After a quick whiz, I was in the pool again, cooling off from the sweaty night’s sleep. We planned to get to Gatab atop Mt. Kulal where it would be considerably cooler, then decide how best to proceed from there. So, coffee, ablutions, fix something broken on Neb’s bike (chain slider I think) and we were off again.

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Above: Serene morning at the N. Horr Catholic Community pool

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Above: Panic and Neb organize coffee

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Above: The actual N. Horr Oasis… I think I prefer the pool

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Above: N. Horr Petrol Station… you think it’s windy? Check out the reinforcing bars on the awning.

Now years ago, getting from Gas to North Horr was an adventure all to itself. You could easily get lost out there trying to follow a track through the dust that just simply disappeared, as I did back in 2004. Now, though, the mystery is gone. A very wide sand track gets you from point A to point B, so I was happy to ditch it in favour of a little, rocky thing that led down the East side of Mt. Kulal.

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Above: Can’t get lost getting to North Horr anymore!

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Above: The little track was much more our style

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Above: A few rocky/sandy riverbeds…

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Above: Some funky natural stone masonry…

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Above: And spectacular trees made the ride very pleasant

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Amazingly, out there in the middle of nowhere, Panic decided to make a friendly house call to one of his customers, a fellow German doing mission work out in Arapal. We rumbled in, were treated to a wonderful lunch, and then guided a ways down the track to meet a fan, if you can believe it, of these Ride Reports. Moses, running a clinic in the next village, has been following along with us for quite a while now and was keen to see the Pigs up close. Rawlence, he asked about you! I told him he has to check out THIS REPORT (https://advrider.com/f/threads/african-xrs-xtreme-xmas-braaaaap.1356160/) to find out why you were nowhere to be seen.

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Above: In Arapal. Thanks for the lunch you guys!

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Above: Firing up the CRF230… helmet yes, trousers, no. AGATT guys, have at him!

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Above: Down the track a ways, we met Moses and talked bikes a bit.

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Above: Moses astride my little Piggy… I admit it made me nervous, usually people underestimate the clumsiness of a bigger bike, but Moses knew what he was doing.

To be continued...





Title: Day 7 of Borderlands Braap continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 08:47:00 am
Bidding farewell to everyone, we screamed up the hill to Gatab like our lives depended on it. The road had been improved by hand all the way to the next village, so it was like a rubbly hillclimb race, and I loved it. Farther on, we reached the forest and the track became overgrown by large, shady trees. The track fizzled out and we began to wonder if we were on the right track. Stubbornness prevailed, however, and after some log jumping (of various abilities, mine being the weakest) and light enduro work (where again, my skills really shined… see the vid), we made it to Gatab and found our digs at the AIC mission guest house.

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Above: Racing up the backway to Gatab.

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Above: The whole valley behind, views stretched all the way to the Ndotos

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Above: In the trees, feeling the cool air

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Above: Can this place really be so close to that sweltering hole called Loiyangilani?

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Above: At this massive strangler, we had to jump a fallen log to continue down a small path or go back… we don’t like going back.

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Above: We eventually popped out to a wonderful view down on Lake Turkana, but the trials weren’t over yet.

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Above: Neb led me down a mini enduro pitch and was kind enough to film me flailing down it as well. Cheers for that bit, Neb, you enduro stud! How’s your frame?

Arriving at the guest house and settling in, it was early enough that Neb and I went out exploring town. We wanted to see what is meant to be Kenya’s trickiest airstrip, one only a handful of folks (his dad included) are pilot enough to handle. I’m not a pilot, but as a passenger, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. The wind blasts straight down it, which is good, but the thing ends in a drop-off that would pucker your bum on a good day and would kill you straight if you got it wrong. Kudos to the mad AIM pilots who used to service this place. Neb, you ain’t there yet!

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Above: The end of the runway launches into infinity

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Above: You’d best not get it wrong…

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Above: Gatab airport, lounge and hangar

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Above: While hunting for Cokes and mbeers, we ran into an old Mzee who was watching/helping/praying for us to get down that tricky section. We bought a round of Cokes.

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Above: Evening is spectacular in Gatab

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Above: Our digs for the night

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Above: Cool air, a nice view, a couple beers and a few sips of whiskey and we were in heaven.

Enjoy the following video... it'll make you feel good about yourself


Next day: Back to Ngurunit the rocky way

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Title: Day 8 - To Ngurunit the long way
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 08:55:50 am
Curled up under the blankets, I was in no rush to get up, but by 7AM I was awake anyway. The day’s plan was not overly ambitious, so we didn’t rush. By 9AM or so, we were gazing off the top of the mountain down at Nyiro and Lake Turkana below. Then we blasted over to the wind farm for a bit of go-juice (thanks to some help from our friends, we were allowed) and aimed down the superhighway to the turnoff for Tuum. That area is dead boring now that the wind farm is installed. Bring your Burgman Scooters if you wish.

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Above: Looking down on it all from atop Mt. Kulal

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Above: At this time of day, the clouds whip past like airplanes

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Above: going down was lovely, though I did manage to fall on my butt while Neb was filming. Dammit Neb, you knob!

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Above: Some of the canyons on Kulal look like they hold dark secrets.

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Above: The wind farm is now operational. Some 400 turbines are out there soaking up the breeze.

At the turnoff to Tuum from the North side, we were greeted with the very badly bleached “Land of Peace” sign and its AK-47. The parish should really get out there with a lick of paint one of these days. Fortunately for us, the road around the back of Nyiro was really fun. Far rockier and more eroded than I remembered, and stunningly beautiful with views down to the Suguta Valley, my White Whale. I’ll conquer you yet. We stopped in Tuum for a nice bite to eat and a beer before taking the back way to Ngurunit.

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Above: To Tuum

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Above: The Letuno Butchery and Hotel boasts Tuum's coolest mural

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Above: The boys and their spirit animals. Mine is the He Goat

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Above: A lunch beer makes Panic chatty

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Above: Who's got two thumbs and wants to braaaap? This guy

To be continued...
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Dwerg on April 25, 2019, 08:59:02 am
Brilliant. I've clearly made some terrible life choices.
Title: Day 8 of Borderlands Braaap continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 09:02:55 am
My plan for getting us to Ngurunit was to explore little tracks and to see if there was a way over the Ndotos. On Google, the track looked pretty reasonable, but in real life, the thing was far steeper in places and rock-strewn enough that we decided we’d save it for another time. By this time Neb’s rear tire was almost completely bald… ask him why… and it was the dead heat of the day. We had some friends waiting in Ngurunit who had come up from Nairobi, so we bailed on the goat path and ripped flat out to the camp where cold beers were waiting. That night, we slept on beds under nets under the trees. Fantastic.

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Above: Cool construction technique. Just wedge stones in for walls and plaster them later

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Above: The backsides of the Ndotos are begging to be explored. Maybe ditch the kit in Ngurunit and do a harder day ride out. We always say that and never do it. Truth is, we like to feel the XRs eat up the long days. They're trophy trucks, not rock crawlers after all.

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Above: On the goat path… very beautiful, and rideable too if you’re rested and patient, which we weren’t, and if it were a nice cool morning, which it wasn’t. It was beer-thirty.

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Above: This is where we called it quits

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Above: The scenery alone twists the throttle

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Above: Permission to buzz the tower...

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Above: Now that’s purdy.

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Above: But that ain’t purdy! Believe it or not, Neb broke his frame, the big, thick, aluminium section under the engine… and he managed to blame me in a roundabout way! He says: “I was chasing you after the rocky section, jumped off a lip and landed on a stone.” As far as I’m concerned, I’m not even an accessory to this crime, but lemmings love a scapegoat. I break my own stuff just fine without being implicated in breaking others' thank you velly muchi. Happy welding, Neb!

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Above: At Ngurunit, there was a party waiting. Plenty of beers, a huge meal including sausage, pasta, foie gras on rustic bread and some whisky later, we collapsed under a completely full moon and snored the night away, some of us sleeping peacefully knowing we hadn’t broken our bikes… others, not so much.

Tomorrow, we'd have a new experience...

 :snorting:

Title: Day 9 - The Mighty Milgis bites back
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 09:18:06 am
The state of Neb’s bike cinched it for us: We needed to start heading back home in a rather direct fashion. We’d already had to ditch climbing the Borana escarpment to Timau, but Neb had organized a desirable alternative: a pilot friend finagled a place to crash at the Loisaba Conservancy’s research tents. We had our plan: Bust out of Ngurunit, ride up the Milgis Lugga to the Mathews Range for one last bit of interesting dirt, and zip up to Loisaba. Following day, slab it home. It almost went according to plan…

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Above: Leaving Ngurunit was challenging with all the rush hour traffic

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Above: Ndotos make a great backdrop for any XRR

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Above: In the Milgis again, throttles were opening, but not as much as before. Going upstream meant we’d be hitting sandy lips from below, so we were being fairly cautious

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Above: Stopping to tighten bolts or something on Neb’s bike, we parked up next to fresh elephant prints. I love knowing those creatures are out there.

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Above: The Breakfast Club pose

We really were taking it easy by our own standards, but we got hit by an unexpected turn of events. I was ahead, keeping it around 80kph and was about to exit the riverbed at the big rock waterfall. I stopped to take a pic of Neb roosting his way up. Panic arrived, but Neb was nowhere to be seen. We had just stopped together, so this was odd. Looking back into the sun down the river, we couldn’t see anybody. Then, a tall silhouette appeared, like something out of the Wild West, but sans cowboy hat. Uh oh. Panic went back first and I followed. As I got closer, I could see churned up sand and knew he’d gone down hard.

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Above: Toodling along, singing a song, getting knocked silly.

Neb was up and talking, so I started taking pics and shooting the shit, teasing. After being recorded by him in less than flattering ways in Kulal, I was ready to repay the favour! He pointed to his zig-zagging tracks coming along, where it hit a little sand lip and a bike length later it hit a stick in the sand. Frankly, I couldn’t see why he crashed, and he couldn’t either. He said he just started to lose control, like he’d had a blowout, but it went beyond what he could handle and he bailed. Weird as hell, but it got weirder… He started repeating himself, telling the story again from the beginning. Then he said: “I have this feeling I broke my frame…” as if that wasn’t all we’d talked about in Ngurunit last night. And when he saw it, he said: “How the heck did I do that?” Then, “I don’t remember where we slept last night.” Obviously, he’d hit his head, hard. I looked at his face then, and could see the whites of one eye was bloody. He later reported that seeing me look at his eye was the first thing he remembered after the crash.

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Above: The scene… so innocuous… that little stick took him down? No way. Sand snakes maybe. Knocked his glasses clean off his schnoot.

I shot Panic a glance and he shot me one back. This wasn’t funny. Neb said for the fifth time: “Well, I’m up and I’m talking, so I’m okay.” And repeated again how the biggest bummer for him was breaking his GPS. “I love that GPS”. Then he went through the crash details again, talking about feeling like it was a blowout. I walked out to the zigzagging tracks that were a meter or less off from where Panic and I had ridden (our tracks were straight). I kicked the sand and lo and behold there was the greasiest mud you’ve ever seen hiding just under the surface. Still, it’s not like the tracks broke the surface. Anyway, this mystery would have to wait. We were now worried about Neb. Panic and I decided that I would ride ahead to a nearby camp I knew of to see if I could phone the flying doctors for advice, and he and Neb would find shade and wait. I didn’t want to blow it off and find out it was something really serious, so off I went… not so casually this time.

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Above: Neb’s broken GPS after the big off

I rode 10km up the Milgis, found an exit, and climbed a scrabbly hill to the camp (beautifully situated, by the way… I’ll definitely stop there next time! They even had cold beers!) and found a chap from the Milgis Trust with a radio. Sadly, no cell reception, and his sat phone was not working. He pointed up a valley in front of us and said: Go to that mabati roofed building and look for a guy with a car, I’ll radio him. He will take you to a tree that gets cell coverage. So I did. Fun riding too, if you’re in the mood for it. I wasn’t. I found Moses (another Moses), we climbed in the 4x4, drove down the lugga, and crawled our way up the hillside in the blasting heat to the famed cell phone tree. No bars. By now, I’d been gone an hour and was anxious to check back in with the guys, so I was preparing to go back when the radio crackled to life. Neb and Panic had ridden to the camp and he was feeling better. To quote Panic: “Well, at least he’s not babbling anymore.”

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Above: Some fun exploring to be had, if you’re not worried about your mate’s potential vegetative state.

To be continued...
Title: Day 9 of the Borderlands Braaap continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 09:30:00 am
At the camp, we chilled a while longer, had a Coke in the shade and re-assessed. Neb could almost tell us the places we’d stayed during our trip without messing it up, and he did seem better, which was relative anyway, so we decided we’d get moving. He lamented breaking his GPS a few more times for good measure, though. Given our ordeal, we ditched the Mathews in favour of a more direct route on a very good and scenic all-weather dirt road. In no time we were in Maralal, and the trip was nearing its end.

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Above: Neb was fine, just fine, enjoying the view from the camp

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Above: Scenery on the good road out of the Milgis – looks like somebody done been preachin' my sermon!

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Above: Neb could ride well enough… we’d test his spelling later

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Above: Back in the trees below the Maralal escarpment road

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Above: Last little lick up to Maralal – Panic reminded me to watch out for ditches, and I did

We fuelled up, had a big, late lunch in Maralal and set off for Loisaba. Half way down the long, seemingly endless, flat dirt road, I noticed Neb’s rack was falling apart again. We paused for him to put new bolts in, and I noticed I’d broken one of my tank brackets. Panic saw that his rims were cracking in numerous places as well. I always say Africa’s hard on gear, but it’s the only place in the world I wanna use it.

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Above: A few giraffe, zebra and even an Oryx or two greeted us as we farted around looking for the entrance to Loisaba (bikes are not usually allowed, but we got a special pass… this meant we’d have to come in the servant’s entrance, so it was not exactly well marked).

At the researcher’s camp, we were greeted heartily and shown our lovely safari tents. Neb, rather than lying down and resting his concussion, ran around like a booboo gawking at the SuperCub that was parked in the hangar, which truly is a beauty, while Panic and I sipped whisky on the veranda and rehashed the day like a couple of contemplative old farts.

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Above: the SuperCub… Neb’s real reason for coming to Loisaba

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Above: Safari tents are always awesome

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Above: Me feeling ragged after a long, worrying day…

We had a great meal, a couple of Tuskers, and called it a night (after a nightcap of course). It was dawning on us the trip was over. The following morning, we kitted up and lit out for the tarmac to get us home. On the way, we passed a little trio of elephant as a nice farewell. The tar was awful, but we were all eager to be home at a reasonable hour, and we were. Now its time to repair bikes and start planning the next one!

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Above: Hornbills doing the funky chicken

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Above: Our farewell from Loisaba

Well, that’s all folks! Thanks for following along. Panic and Neb, this one goes down as one of the greats! We know what we’re doing, but we learn something new every ride. Lets fix up the bikes, rest our bones and get back out there soon!

The End
 :snorting:

Epilogue: Here’s what Panic and I think caused Neb’s crash: His steering damper. This little toy is new to Neb, and he was enjoying cranking it up and flying down the riverbed. At the time of the crash, he had it on full… as if he’s a Dakar Racer or something. We reckon, with the damper cranked up, a bald rear tire on 30psi (he’s so stubborn about that… didn’t buy new rubber before the ride and ran it stupidly hard in a half-assed attempt to save tread wear instead…) and that little greasy bit of mud under the sand were a perfect combo. He started weaving, hit the grease, got off balance and because the damper was maxed, he couldn’t make the natural little corrections to save his ass, so he saw it instead. That’s our two bits.

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 25, 2019, 10:25:25 am
Wow, you are a writing machine!  8)

I will  catch up in the evening, but lots of those names like Maralal, Loyangalani and Ileret bring up old memories...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on April 25, 2019, 11:04:59 am
Yet another awesome RR - beautifully written as always - thank you for taking the time!!

 :thumleft:

And how about a list of repairs to be completed before the next ride....?  8)

BTW - what GPS are you using?
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 25, 2019, 11:25:00 am
 One very old mzee parked himself near our spot,

I see Mzee was there too!! ;) :lol8:

How would this area look after/during the rainy season? Lots of grass? IF it rains at all I guess.
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: CUZZY on April 25, 2019, 12:06:14 pm
Bladdy marvellous RR.  Fantastic read and pics. Really well done and thank you.
Title: Not much, for Panic and I...
Post by: Osadabwa on April 25, 2019, 04:22:21 pm
Hey folks, glad you enjoyed!


And how about a list of repairs to be completed before the next ride....?  8)

BTW - what GPS are you using?

So the list of repairs in my case is very short, which is nice. I broke a locally made tank mount which I have removed already and have plans to re-build. The bike needs serviced (valves were checked today and are perfect). Tires are good for some day-rides, but they have taken a real beating. I popped the can open and saw that the packing has been blown through, so I'll deal with that now... Otherwise, it's all good.

Panic broke a spoke and that's it.

Neb broke his frame, his GPS, tore his fork boots, broke his rack... He needs stiffer fork and shock springs and a more thorough sense of self-preservation!

The GPS I use is the Garmin Montana. I am not gaga about it. It's good because you can have a large portion of screen dedicated to the map/tracks while still having 4 big blocks of info on the side. For me and the Pig, that's Speedometer, trip odometer, time and elevation, but there are other options. The touch screen is hyper sensitive with or without gloves, and is a royal pain in the ass. I'd rather have 2 buttons for zooming in and zooming out, but no. If the screen sits in the sun (as you know, in Africa, there is sometimes sun...), the thing will go black for awhile and be unusable. On this trip, the protector I had (another Garmin product) cracked in a million pieces one morning for no apparent reason (probably heat and moisture, not things you'd ever expect in Africa). I find Garmin's software utter garbage. Even the most basic things are a challenge. For a long ride like this, I will have added 100 self-made tracks. To add them to the GPS is fairly easy, even though the Garmin Basecamp software NEVER recognizes my GPS, but once they're on there you must add them to the map ONE AT A TIME. Seriously, no "select all" option? Come on. My Apple IIe had that feature in 1989. My mobile phone can do 100x more things than the Garmin in a smaller package and for similar price. The main reason I use the Montana is because RAM Mounts made a really good mount for it... and because I don't know what other choice I'd use. I see Lyndon Poskitt uses one too, if that matters at all. How's that for unsolicited ranting?

@ChrisL - That area would be amazing to see in the rains. I imagine the Huri Hills would make a spectacular change, however trying to ride up there in the wet poses myriad challenges. Days after we returned home, those stone and sand luggas were flowing heavily with water and I imagine all that dust turning to horrible mud. The Chalbi desert is impassible and you have to drive a stone road around it, etc. Every Easter we take a big gamble going up there right as the rains are supposed to come, but since the weather doesn't follow usual patterns, I've gotten away with it. When I did my cross-Africa trip in 2004, even the main road from Ethiopia to Kenya was a quagmire and only bikes passed (at the time I rode a crappy 650 Dakar with huge panniers, so you can hardly call it riding). Here's how that looked: LINK (https://advrider.com/f/threads/osadabwas-retro-africa-ride-report-2004-2005.1043480/page-8).

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Kortbroek on April 25, 2019, 06:39:30 pm
Another stunning RR Osadabwa. I reckon you guys have exactly the right terrain for those XR's and you'll be hard put to get a better tool than an XRR for this kind of riding. This trip just looked absolutely epic, dual sport/adventure riding doesn't get much better than that.

On the GPS front, you could always look into the Locus maps android app and a smartphone. You can download offline maps onto that, load tracks, load your own maps etc and with powerbanks these days it's easy to keep a phone charged. I also use a Garmin gpsmap 64 which is similar to the gps Neb killed. I find it super easy loading tracks and getting them to display etc.

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on April 25, 2019, 08:54:13 pm
Another fantastic report Osadabwa
Many thanks, have been waiting eagerly for this
Hope Neb is fully recovered, and all good
Well done, great riding, with great spirit & humour

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Bokveld on April 25, 2019, 09:31:44 pm
   You made it look so easy. A well written RR with fantastic photography.  I can now see why your mates dump all the pictures on you. :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 25, 2019, 10:38:39 pm
I found it! ... and what a great read!

Sure makes Namibia hot seem like Norway in winter.

Thanks for the excellent photos!

 :thumleft: 8)
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on April 26, 2019, 08:32:03 am
Excellent Report Thanks you
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: RobLH on April 26, 2019, 10:48:15 am
Amazing, as always, thank you
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: >>Thump°C on April 26, 2019, 12:06:55 pm
great posts, thank you
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 26, 2019, 08:06:33 pm
Well I was ready for the usual dig at you with few smarty panty ironic jabs, but alas you shut me up! You did hurt my feelings though when you spoke unkindly about Sibioli NP, where I almost died (that's the story I'm saying anyway), but the rest of the report made me forgive you graciously.

Now I just have to figure out how to finance my next sabbatical - I have been already slaving away for two months in the 'open space' (sic) office but weirdly enough it somehow doesn't seem to match the scenery in your pictures.

This is a fantastic report, up there with the best ones I have seen  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Give us the retro-report
Post by: Osadabwa on April 26, 2019, 10:01:08 pm
Well I was ready for the usual dig at you with few smarty panty ironic jabs, but alas you shut me up! You did hurt my feelings though when you spoke unkindly about Sibioli NP, where I almost died (that's the story I'm saying anyway), but the rest of the report made me forgive you graciously.

Now I just have to figure out how to finance my next sabbatical - I have been already slaving away for two months in the 'open space' (sic) office but weirdly enough it somehow doesn't seem to match the scenery in your pictures.

This is a fantastic report, up there with the best ones I have seen  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:



Xpat, cheers! Sorry I hurt your feelings, but from all I've seen, Sibiloi NP is just a long stretch of shitty, rolling rock tracks. I was keen to do that on the XR, but it sounds like the riding is shit and the scenery is uninspiring, so I was more than happy to substitute the legitimately fantastic Stefanie and that unexpected swimming pool in N. Horr. if you come up and I am free, we'll go relive you're glory in Sibiloi plus a couple of other things I have in mind.

You say you nearly died in Sibiloi... that must have been when you were just a young lass on a big GS, no? I for one would like to see pics of that... you on a bloated, stupidly heavy Beluga battling through the shit, making wry comments to nobody in particular. Please do a retro-report for us! Everyone would love it!

Otherwise, I thought for sure you would tease me for not being hard-core enough on this ride. We didn't challenge ourselves technically very much, which I kind of lament (I'd put in some stupid tracks, but we voted them down, and then Neb had his bald tire, broken frame and concussion... the wanker)... but then again, not really. You have your highly-developed gastro-tourist side, I have my I'd-rather-be-riding-like-a-hooligan side... I'm happy to eat goat and njera and sleep in my tent, but I'd like to have gotten there slipping sideways on the Pig through sand or over rubble.

Anyway. I'm home now, resting, bored already, trying to find work to finance tyre replacement and prepping the bike for some mild ripping in the local Rift Valley. if you do manage to sort your shit out, please do come up. Don't know how you will swing it to bring your own bike, but if you fail I may be able to help a local tour group to make you a bespoke route (on 450 EXCs), and if all goes well, I'd join as well.

Until then... keep beach bumming and climbing stupid things in Lesotho.

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 26, 2019, 10:18:33 pm
Well my sorry Sibiloi story - including few pics of the real PIG on those shitty rolling rocks tracks - has been already documented somewhere in this unfinished epos: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=160735.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=160735.0)

And yes, I was a young lass alright then... O0
Title: Hot and heavy
Post by: Osadabwa on April 27, 2019, 01:38:17 pm
Well my sorry Sibiloi story - including few pics of the real PIG on those shitty rolling rocks tracks - has been already documented somewhere in this unfinished epos: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=160735.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=160735.0)

And yes, I was a young lass alright then... O0

You'd have a much nicer time on your new wheels! Still, that was an awesome ride you did!
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: WheelieDog on April 28, 2019, 07:16:42 am
An exceptional report  Osadabwa.

The pictures are great and your writing style I found hugely entertaining.

Thanks for posting :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on April 28, 2019, 08:02:45 am
Once again a great trip and excellent report, thank you for taking us with!
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: JonW on April 28, 2019, 09:29:23 am
Fantastic report chaps, well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: evansv on April 28, 2019, 12:09:43 pm
Great reading thanks!

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: RrP on April 28, 2019, 04:11:45 pm
Thank you for great ride/read. Your pictures and writing style take one on the journey with you!!

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on April 28, 2019, 07:01:00 pm
Good call Jon  :thumleft:
Title: Too soon?
Post by: Osadabwa on April 29, 2019, 06:27:46 am
Fantastic report chaps, well done  :thumleft:

Hey Jon, thanks for shifting this RR up to the Roll of Honor!

However, I wonder if it's too soon... this is an on-going RR that I'll add to through 2019, which is to say it's not over yet, and hopefully there is more good stuff to come. The Honor Roll page is kind of supposed to be an archive, more than an active place, no?  Anyway, my two cents.

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: JonW on April 29, 2019, 01:29:05 pm
Not too soon at all.

Your Borderlands Braaaap trip on it's own deserves to be in the Roll of Honour section, but that doesn't mean you can't add to it as and when you feel like, no reason this section can't be active.

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: 0012 on April 29, 2019, 03:23:46 pm
Really enjoyed, thank you!

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Maverick on April 30, 2019, 03:05:49 pm
What a great report and made me realise there are places I should of seen in this lifetime but will have to in the next one for sure - bucket list stuff  :thumleft:  8)
Title: Day out with Lyndon Poskitt
Post by: Osadabwa on May 01, 2019, 06:34:43 pm
Lyndon Poskitt, 3-time Dakar Malle Moto competitor, Races-to-Places (https://lyndonposkittracing.com/races-to-places) world traveller and all around swell guy has been crashing in my “friend” Wry’s guest cottage on and off for a while in Nairobi. He busted his hand in Tanzania, after a blowout in volcanic babyheads a couple of months back, so he’s been recouping and flew to the States for a talkshow tour (as you do). He got back to Kenya last week to complete his ride home and I volunteered myself to help him sort out a sweet route to the Ethiopian border (roughly following the Borderlands Braaap ride I just completed), then further invited myself to ride out with him from Nairobi. So, this morning, a few of us met at Wry’s and I led the group down into the Rift Valley to Naivasha for lunch.

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Above: The famous Basil Bike, all loaded and ready to roll. Lyndon rides that thing like it’s a child’s toy.

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Above: I reckon it’s a good omen that we saw the Ngong giraffes as we entered the valley.

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Above: Lyndon and I wait for the others after a long section of fesh-fesh and ruts. All that bouncing and jouncing must have felt fantastic on the recently broken wrist! Sorry Lyndon! Hii ni Kenya!

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Above: It was eye-opening and humbling at times to hear some of Lyndon’s stories. It would have been amazing to see him rip through this terrain, but in full travel-mode and with the bum wrist, it was a much more chill endeavour… plus, I was leading so he was stuck with middle-aged amateur speeds.

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Above: Basil Bike and my XR650R. Lyndon’s setup is about as trick as it gets, but I love my old Piggy.

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Above: We were late for lunch in Naivasha, so we didn’t stop much or take many riding pics.

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Above: Left: Me and LP joining the tar for a couple of kms to Suswa. Right: Rockin’ Roland on his pimped-out travel-ready Husky 701. Big tanks, totally re-vamped suspension, and a tidy little navigation tower made that 701 pretty sweet. Roland is in the middle of a Netherlands-Cape Town solo journey and was very keen to come along for the day. Before he leaves, I promised I’d send him some equally fun, dusty tracks to get him down to TZ.

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Above: LP coming up the lower Mau Escarpment

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Above: The cool air is always a refreshing change from the Valley

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Above: Wry at my apparently poorly-chosen Lake-Naivasha-Lookout-Spot… off the road and through a ditch, it led Roland to drop the 701. That was when I knew Lyndon was a normal guy… we see Roland fall and LP says: "Quick get the camera!"

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Above: Wry, LP, Me and Roland

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Above: The world travelers with matching dusty smiles.

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Above: The lineup: Husky 701, Three Little Kenyan Piggies and Basil Bike

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Above: A wonderful lunch at the Ranch House Bistro on South Lake Road. No idea why I’m wearing una cara mala ostia.

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Above: Better group shots were taken, but this one is mine. Lyndon, Roland, Panic, Wry and me.

It was a great day out, boys! Lyndon and Roland, enjoy the rest of what Kenya has to offer. I promise I've picked you some good tracks. And have a safe journey onward and homeward!

 :snorting:

(This will be the test to see if anyone sees the RR now that it's been moved to Roll of Honor...)

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on May 01, 2019, 06:42:38 pm
Sure I can see it, stop worrying like a baby  :pot:

Carry on - you are doing fine.  :thumleft:

Edit: And if you are worried about people missing it (I think they will not as most people watch the 'Newest post' function or whatever it is called, just start another one. I think this one should remain here.  :thumleft:
Title: Ok ok ok
Post by: Osadabwa on May 01, 2019, 07:56:24 pm
 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: M3X3Z3 on May 03, 2019, 04:24:02 pm
Hey Osadabs

Your RR's and pics sure are  :drif: :drif: :drif:

Having owned a XR650R for a spell it sure is great to see them in their natural habitat. 8)

I am looking forward to more "Big Red Pigs in Kenya" :sip:

By the way, muchos gracias for the time and effort that you put into RR,s  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: White Rhino on May 08, 2019, 04:37:39 am
Really great Adventure expedition in parts of Africa that we don't get to see. A nice mix of terrain to keep it interesting. Good skills show-off's and sharing the OMG moments.  You portrayed this through a fantastic RR - congrats!!.  :laughing4: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Dustman on May 11, 2019, 06:16:36 pm
Doing great. One of the best reads. Keep it up.
Title: 2019 05 - Breaking Rad...
Post by: Osadabwa on May 13, 2019, 03:29:01 pm
Couldn’t sit still. Had to go ride. Over the weekend, I got replacement body armour for my slowly disintegrating, but trusty, Alpine Stars armadillo thing. This one is a shiny, white Leatt and I wanted to see how it felt… I already knew it made me look like a Stormtrooper. I left early and struggled to get into the rhythm. On the way out of Nairobi it was sketchy as hell with wet red clay on the tar roads where dump trucks had spilled it. Like riding on ice, particularly with a quite bald rear tire and a falling-apart front. It put me in a cautious mood as I started into the valley along the new railroad.

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Above: Everything’s better on the dirt. I spent some time adjusting clickers and enjoying a cooler, greener, less-dusty valley.

There are so many new roads now that service the railroad. I followed the main one awhile and ended up in a huge, barren area where they’d mined soil and stones for backfill. A little track led out of it, and, though I could see it was rocky and steep, I was warmed up and keen to give it a go. My enduro skills let me down, and I stalled in a large stone section from which a bit of off-bike manoeuvring to extricate myself was required, but I managed and was feeling good. I often end up doing more technical stuff alone. I try to make sure it’s nothing that I can’t handle one way or the other.

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Above: A new road down into the valley servicing the new high-tension lines and the railroad

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Above: My rocky ascent from the quarry… another day I’d have cleared this spot, but today I needed to do some pushing and pulling to get out once I’d dug myself in. A nearly bald rear tire didn’t help matters, but it’s my lack of skill that cinched it.

Having successfully broken a sweat, I kept up the exploration and dropped off the big dirt onto a rocky path leading to a quarry in the distance below. I don’t know what the stuff is useful for, but it was gleaming white in the morning sun and quite a funky spot to explore.

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Above: Back off the main roads in search of littler tracks

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Above: Red bike down in the white mine

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Above: I imagine all of that stuff was spewed out of Mt. Suswa or Longonot a few hundred thousand years ago in a hot, toxic ashcloud

Having reconnected to one of the usual tracks, I sped into Ewaso Kedong for a Coke and the worst mandazi I’ve had in a good long while. It would have made a better roofing shingle, frisbee or floor tile than a food item, but I was hungry so it went down anyway. From there over to Najile on what has become a truly abysmal road full of ruts and stones, and even more annoyingly: bodabodas. There’s so much more activity down there than only a few years back.

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Above: Having turned toward home, I paused under a lovely shade tree to tinker with the clickers again and explored off-piste where I had a great view of the rift. Nice pics I took too, but they died with my phone a little later on…

I’m always looking for little tracks that crisscross the valley, hoping to open up new riding possibilities in a place I sometimes think I’ve explored to death. To my surprise, today I found some, and even though they didn’t connect anywhere really, it was fun to see a new place and it somehow highlighted just how rugged and beautiful this place is (despite the charcoal burners). Again, better pics went to digital heaven along with my Samsung.

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Above: Looking down on a school in the distance… I think the teachers just gave up and let the kids go on recess when they saw me… the kids were kind of distracted by me and the bike. The many bluffs of the valley become more obvious from up above. It’s a rough place to eek out a living.

I zipped back home on the usual track beneath the Ngong Hills, but I don’t think you can really call anything “usual” anymore. This time, there were washouts from previous rains that made me pucker and a few new culverts that startled the hell out of me because they looked like huge holes (black soil being used, not wisely, to cover them up). The amount of effort being put into trying to keep this road alive is silly. They won’t succeed. The forest that used to climb the shoulder of the Ngongs is going going gone… now when the big rains come, water rockets down the slope like a freight train.

Then, just like that, I crashed.  Hard. I was within a few kilometres of the tar on a bit of track I know like the back of my hand. Just coming down the hill to where the pipeline crosses, I hit something and was on the ground crashing over embedded stones in an instant, the bike making an awful racket as it left metal and plastic bits everywhere. Turns out my new protector is the bee’s knees… didn’t feel a thing where the pads were… badly sprained my wrist, but that’s cause I still haven’t learned to fall right.

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Above: Beats the hell out of me why, but here’s where I went down. I actually think it was a front wheel wash out… I have a shagged tire and a tired mousse up there and I think I just came in to the rocky part off-centre and maybe a little bit relaxed and lost the front. I’ll be ditching that setup post-haste.

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Above: Unfortunately for me, I cracked my radiator… again… and it was leaking pretty heavily. I tried in vain to fix it with JB Weld, but just ended up making a horrible mess. Lots of people came by to offer help. One lady offered to let me leave the bike at her place while I organized a pickup etc. Considering how we ride through this place sometimes, engines screaming, dust flying, spooking the animals and kids… I was humbled by how empathetic they were to me and my plight. In the end, I just started the bike and took off for home, sprained wrist screaming over the last km of recently deposited stones to the tar. I stopped every so often to top up the radiator at petrol stations and made it home with no problem.

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Above: Well, almost no problem… I killed my phone. Body armour worked though. Thumbs up for Leatt!

My new phone has been delivered to my house already (3 hours after getting home… sometimes Nairobi’s service industry blows me away). Now to place an order for replacement radiators… Oh the joys of off-road motorbiking!

 :snorting:

Title: Rad's fixed... wish my wrist were...
Post by: Osadabwa on May 16, 2019, 02:11:16 pm
This afternoon, the radiator came back from the shop. Initially I was told they would block off four channels, but they ended up soldering it up instead. The guy said he didn't want to reduce my flow to 60% which I appreciated. He also threw in a couple emergency rations of cooling system Stop Leak which I may take along in future (pending a bit of research... not sure how it works yet).

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Above: On the left is my road-side repair attempt plus a bit of faffing Panic and I did at his place before wisely sending it off. The middle is the rad out of the bike, so shiny after it's acid bath or whatever they do. No traces of that crappy JB Weld left and soldered and straightened (a bit). I don't mind at all that it's a gloppy job... I'd rather have 100% certainty against leaks than something purdy. On the far Right, the radiator is installed, this time with a brace for the big IMS tank I'll install soon. The brace is a copy of something the Acerbis guys include with their tanks (IMS does not... crap design all around), so I'm having it fabricated. I'm off by an inch with this latest iteration on one side.

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Above: As I was refilling the radiators, this guy rocked up and challenged me to a race. I backed off, making excuses about my sore wrist... I know an ass-kicking when I see one.

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 16, 2019, 06:08:28 pm
 for a Coke and the worst mandazi I’ve had in a good long while. It would have made a better roofing shingle, frisbee or floor tile than a food item, but I was hungry so it went down anyway.

 :laughing4: :lol8: :imaposer:
Hope your wrist heals quickly. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: 2019 05 - Up where the bamboo (should) grow
Post by: Osadabwa on May 26, 2019, 10:55:10 am
Still nursing my swollen and bruised wrist, I had no intention of getting on a bike for a while. Then Bwana called and invited me up to his forest retreat to go ride in the muddy, overgrown ferns and forest on his XR650Ls, and I gave in. 

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Above: The pair of XRL’s. I am an XRR lover through and through, but for slower speed, all-around riding, the XRL is okay in my book. I wouldn’t enjoy it in the desert though…

The ride had a purpose. We wanted to go see how much illegal farming was going on in areas that are meant to be protected. Needless to say, we found a lot. This is important because recently an African Golden Cat was found near this area. This is a cat so rare that the National Museum of Kenya didn’t even have a taxidermy example of one after 100 years of stuffing and studying Kenya’s wildlife. If farms bisect all the traversable habitat, and farmers make permanent camps in protected areas, the cats (and wild forest hog, and elephant, and antelope of various types) will lose out.

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Above: That red clay is amazing. Soooo slick! If you lose momentum, you’re going to have a hell of a time getting it back again!

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Above: Amateur remote sensing before-and-after work. On the Left is imagery from Google Earth taken in September, 2014, on the Right, the most recent from February, 2017. It’s pretty clear how much land has been taken over by illegal farming in that time. If you look closely, you can also see a decent chunk of dark green is missing from the bottom centre of the 2017 pic, this was old plantation forest and was meant to be harvested. The lower left of the 2017 pic shows more green, which was supposed to have been eucalyptus plantation, but it’s so poorly planted you can’t tell… What’s clear is, things are changing quickly, and if it’s like elsewhere in Kenya, it’s changing without any plan, or worse, with outright politically motivated, tribal maliciousness.

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Above: Some areas of planted forest and a bunch of ferny scrub

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Above: The tracks were slick and interesting. We climbed around past poorly planted plantation forest and potatoes… neither are meant to be here. It should all be bamboo.

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Above: Down in the valleys, people have largely left the bamboo and wild foliage reign. I suspect this is because the areas are difficult to cultivate, not because they want to retain a watershed or create wildlife corridors.

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Above: On the motorbiking front, this swamp was lovely and challenging to cross… once you got to the other side, your wet tires made escaping up the hill a proper mission!

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Above: Ferns and bamboo… that’s what’s supposed to be there. Given time, the bamboo will crawl its way up and over the rises.

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Above: Potato fields and burned out bamboo. I have to say, blankets of green are always appealing, but it’s tempered by the knowledge that it’s eating into protected land.

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Above: Potato blossoms are purple and beautiful this time of year

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Above: The dead-zone underneath the canopy of cypress plantation. Nothing lives here. You don’t hear a peep of a bird or see a single antelope track. Again, it should be repopulated with native bamboo which thrived here naturally in colonial days. All manner of wildlife live in bamboo, which doesn’t completely cut out the light to the floor, making it a much better alternative to plantation trees (and can be used as highly efficient wood fuel, if permitted to be sustainably harvested).

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Above: Two types of plantation trees separated by a nice, muddy track we assiduously avoided.

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Above: The plantation’s edge, looking down into another natural, bamboo and fern-filled gully.

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Above: Along a section of new potato fields. To the left is native bamboo. In the far distance is Aberdares National Park

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Above: Potato harvest at the far end of the road. As recently as 2017, this was not cultivated land (see below).

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Above: The far right is where the potato sack photo was taken. Neither Google Earth’s 2014 nor the 2017 imagery shows fields. This means they are brand new encroachments. Interestingly, the black cypress forest we rode through is also newish… in the top pic, you can see the trees were immature, whereas in 2017 the canopy had closed up. Now in 2019, it’s a dark, cavernous dead zone.

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Above: Back at Bwana’s in the late afternoon. We’d gone only 40km or so, but I was worn out. My weak wrist made a convincing argument for not riding a second day as we’d planned, so we settled in with some beers and whiskey and chilled the evening away.

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Title: Re: 2019 05 - Up where the bamboo (should) grow
Post by: Dustman on May 30, 2019, 10:25:58 am
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Above: The dead-zone underneath the canopy of cypress plantation. Nothing lives here. You don’t hear a peep of a bird or see a single antelope track. Again, it should be repopulated with native bamboo which thrived here naturally in colonial days. All manner of wildlife live in bamboo, which doesn’t completely cut out the light to the floor, making it a much better alternative to plantation trees (and can be used as highly efficient wood fuel, if permitted to be sustainably harvested).


I once camped in such a plantation. It is so quiet in there the absence of sound is deafening. You hear your own heart beat and the blood wizzing in your ears at night.
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Mooch on May 30, 2019, 10:45:57 am
Sub. I still need to read this from the beginning...
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: sidetrack on May 30, 2019, 11:31:00 am
Great stuff, Xpat you will have a ball on your 500 there
Title: 2019 06 - Caldera and cool water ride
Post by: Osadabwa on June 10, 2019, 04:23:40 pm

It rained all week. Tired memes about rain flooded the WhatsApp groups. Last minute queries kept coming through: “Are we still going?” “You carrying a snorkel? A wetsuit?” But when the time came to saddle up on Friday afternoon, the gunmetal gray sky held her water and we were off for a 2-night camping ride to perennial favourite destinations, Mt. Suswa, the dormant volcano, and the Ewaso Nyiro river near Ngurumani.

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Above: First day’s destination, Jurassic Park

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Above: Second day’s destination: Jungle Safari

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Above: The riders: 3 XR650Rs and 1 DRZ400

Right off the bat, I saw my ass. It was rather more annoying than that, actually. Having waited an hour for Wry to get his act together, we finally set off to fuel up. Waiting to cross the busy Ngong Road, my bike conked out. I kicked and kicked but couldn’t get the bastard going. Usually (always) draining the carb will do the trick, so I pushed across the street to where the others were waiting. Stupidly, I thought: “I’ll just hop on and see if I can bump start her…” while rolling into the petrol station. Instead, I bumbled a couple of steps forward, tossed my heavy boot up like a dog pissing on a tree, kicked the luggage (oh yeah, forgot that was there), lost my balance, and ended up head down in the freaking flowerbed. Wry and Puddles busted a gut laughing (cheers fellas) as did many on-lookers and matatu riders. Always happy to get stupid shit out of the way early, I ignored their goading, drained the carb and we were off.

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Above: Having recovered from his laughing fit, Wry manages to ride without incident down along the new Railway that has properly altered the state of the valley. Tunnels are one thing, but there’s a bloody train station down there in the middle of nowhere… are Masai supposed to take their goats to greener pastures on the SGR?

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Above: Puddles, the only thing wet in the whole valley

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Above: Quick beer stop at Ewaso Kedong. Late afternoon coming on and not far to go to the campsite. Puddles finds a like-minded individual.

While the three of us were enjoying a cold one in Ewaso Kedong, Neb, coming from Naivasha, was playing enduro champion on goat paths at Suswa’s foot. Having destroyed his GPS in a crash on our long trip north in January (along with some of his memory, a few dirty words in French, and ability to do long division), he was riding by instinct. A natural navigator, is our Neb.

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Above: Neb’s alternate route to Suswa

From the bar, we rode in brilliant late afternoon sunshine all the way to the top of Suswa in one push. Recent rains had knocked out all the fesh-fesh and the going was easy peasy. Arriving on the crater’s inner rim is always stunning. Despite having grown up in Kenya, Wry had never been to this amazing camp site. What a tosser.

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Above: Wry enjoying the view

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Above: Camp set, time to get a fire going and relax

At dusk, we heard a rumbling in the distance. Neb arrived in a blaze of Day-Glo yellow with stories of misadventure written all over himself. His Hi-Viz jacket was shredded from the detour through the thorns and his hands were bloody because he was too lazy to put on gloves. Silly Neb. We quickly stopped teasing him, however, when he pulled a cold six-pack of White Cap out of his bags. Clever Neb! We, too had been clever and asked a boda guy to head down to Suswa for a few brews as well. Our boda man showed up just as we were wondering if we’d been duped. How’s that for 5-star service? The night was long and raucous. At 11 or so, our beers were done, as was Wry’s contribution to the whiskey fund and a steady drizzle had settled in, closing the bar before things got out of hand.

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Above: Left: Neb’s arrival. Right… I know I’m just talking about motorbiking… I don’t have any idea what Puddles is on about

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Above: Evening scenes

Tomorrow, to the river...
 :snorting:



Title: Caldera to cool water continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on June 10, 2019, 04:32:19 pm
Conscience nagging him no doubt, Wry was up before dawn stoking the fire and taking in the spectacular view. The inner crater wakes up to the echo of distant birdsong, fogged with steam from dozens of geothermal vents. One by one, the rest of us clawed our way to life, chewed down our instant coffees, replied to Nature’s call, and packed our bikes. Wry, the sly guy of the group, also brought a little surprise with him. Somehow, he ended up with a dozen stickers that say “Team Wanker” on them, with a chubby version of the iconic Trucker Babe silhouette in the middle colored in with a rippling American Flag. Unbeknownst to me, this lovely adhesive art piece had been applied to my bike, and throughout the ride, the stickers would find themselves affixed to one or another of our faithful steeds. Classic Wry. What a tosser.

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Above: Suswa is surreal in the morning

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Above: Wry on the edge. Don’t do it mate!  Be the best version of you.

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Above: The first victim of the Team Wanker vandal… after my flowerbed incident, I reckon I earned it.

The ride out of the crater and down the slope of the mountain was cool, beautiful and a little bit tricky. It was not easy to tell where the dirt was friendly, tacky and dust-free and where it was evil, slick and treacherous. Puddles underestimated one spot and saw his ass, and there were several close calls for the rest of us. Before long, though, the little tracks we were following connected to the big dirt road to Mosiro. The dry murram was welcomed, but I of course managed to get a pinch flat against the edge of the bead lock on my XRR. That pissed me off. Happens all too often. Solution: chuck the bead lock and keep high pressures. I’ll run the risk of ripping the valve stem.

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Above: Boys in the mud and Puddles’ mishap… no biggie, it’s not like he’d recently had knee surgery or anything… oh wait.

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Above: Wry takes a break from updating his Grinder profile (he swears it’s Christian Tingle, but we know better) long enough to say a prayer for the Big Red Pigs

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Above: Crossing a sand riverbed

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Above: Puddles (d)ripping up the road

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Above: A lone giraffe and a solo DRZ400

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Above: Mosiro fuel stop… highly disappointing

To be continued...
Title: Caldera to cool water continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on June 10, 2019, 04:32:59 pm
Out the south end of Mosiro with full tanks, we were surprised at the state of the road. It was in good nick, apart from the fact that every culvert had washed away, it was quick going. And even further down, where many kilometres of large, loose rocks usually lie in wait to trip you up, recent heavy equipment work had smoothed things considerably. It made the riding a breeze, and I had a twinge of regret about that. I suspect soon it will be a proper road, which means more people, more junk and fewer trees. It’s the reality in a country the size of Texas whose population is growing at 1 million people per year and is ruled by thieves.

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Above: A quick lunch-stop under a wide acacia.  Neb brought cheese and bread and Wry had tins of chicken with rice cakes. Not a bad combo.

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Above: Weaver birds were busy making their nests

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Above: Neb rides the new-and-improved road… a shadow of its former arm-pumping self

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Above: Closer to Ngurumani, the sand and pebbles appear, inspiring hooliganism

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Above: Through the weird plain dotted with hundreds of 2-meter-tall termite mounds

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Above: Waiting for Puddles

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Above: Muscleman Neb, the hairy-armed spider monkey

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Above: At Ngurumani at last, we stopped by the bar for a quick beer before continuing on to our campsite on the riverbed

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Above: I made a friend in the meantime. Considered wringing her neck for the evening’s vittles but she was nothing but skin and bones. Reminded Neb of an old girlfriend of his.

With a few to-go beers and waters packed up, we made our way down to the Ewaso Nyiro. The approach to the river was a nice, hard path down to the sandy horseshoe bend and nobody was stupid enough to try riding across the river to the other side (Rawlence!). Tents up, boots off, beers open and to the water. We lounged around in that flowing mud for an hour then stoked the fire and settled in with beers, British ration packs and biltong. Puddles called it quits by 8PM, but the rest of us continued on until the last drop of whiskey had burned somebody’s gullet.

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Above: Camp on the river's edge

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Above: A very muddy Ewaso… Neb didn’t even get in, saying it’s cleaner to stay out!

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Above: Barefoot, beer in hand, fire going, pig resting, middle of Africa… I win life.

Tomorrow, the long way home...

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Title: Caldera to cool water continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on June 10, 2019, 04:41:19 pm
The call of nature had me out of the tent at dawn, and we were out of there in short order despite lumping, feckless Wry trying his revo best to hold up the show. After Neb and I returned the bottles, we moved down through the vacant Shompole Conservancy and the Ewaso Ngiro plains. There were a few zebras and sign of elephant dung, but the wildlife were vastly outnumbered by cattle, sheep and goats. The riding was lazy and beautiful though, with stretches through the short grass and down sandy double-tracks. Shortly, we were on the vast flood plain beneath Mt. Shompole.

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Above: Neb can’t help himself… has to do some early morning donuts. Cold engine be damned!

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Above: On the far right corner, you can make out the defunct Shompole Lodge. Rumoured to have once been one of the best in Kenya, the community and the mzungu owners couldn’t play nice so it now sits in ruin. There’s a moral there somewhere…

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Above: Mt. Shompole in the background, on the Tanzania border

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Above: A couple of real cool fellas

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Above: Puddles splashes through the dust

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Above: The HMS WryGuy nearly sees his ass on the other side of this crossing

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Above: My lovely Piggy

I have a track that goes around Mt. Shompole to the edge of Lake Natron. I’ve never used it because it cuts into Tanzania, and the last thing I want is to get myself into an international incident with one of the most useless governments in Africa over a harmless 10km toodle through a deserted part of their territory. However, I have always wanted to ride down near the lake just to have a look, so I led the guys down keeping a close eye on my GPS to make sure we didn’t stray (too far) into Tanzania.

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Above: Wry riding to the border

Neb and I were on a nice vantage point looking at the lake when Wry and Puddles go trundling past, oblivious, out across the border (not that there’s an indication of a border, mind you, but I can see it on the GPS). I give chase, and turned Puddles back quickly but Wry just kept riding. Finally, he realizes he’s gone too far and we head back together to the village. When we get back, the others are gone and I knew we had a problem. I see a man on his mobile staring fixedly at me. A bit later, there’s a guy on a boda-boda trying to block the road with a line of rocks (silly man, I’m on a Pig). Not interested to discuss where the arbitrarily drawn line of national demarcation between nations is, or whether I may or may not be in a wholly unmarked “conservation area” with some plain-clothes guy in the bush, we ignored it and kept riding. Later on, we encountered another roadblock where a couple of guys had piled a bunch of sticks across the road, but it, too was easily bypassed and we pressed on.

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Above: Wry may or may not be slightly inside Tanzanian territory, but we were both once residents so I’m sure we’re all good… certainly anyone who lives anywhere near this border can come and go as they please, so why not us?

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Above: Looking back up the trail… too bad we can’t just ride the whole loop

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Above: Neb showing how he crosses home-made roadblocks

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Above: Past Oloika, off the main road, we stop for a rest… Wry is a handsome devil...

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Above: Puddles had chewed a fair amount of fesh-fesh in a low-speed oopsie and I’d acquired the Team Wanker sticker again…

To be continued...
Title: Caldera to cool water... concluded.
Post by: Osadabwa on June 10, 2019, 04:41:57 pm

Once we started up the volcano to Torosei, I forgot the unpleasantries with the roadblock nonsense and got into the rhythm for the first time all weekend. Up to now, I’d felt sluggish and off-balance, but the tight, rocky track flipped a switch and kicked my ass into high gear. I raced Neb up the mountain, through the villages to Torosei for a lunch and beer stop before the long, fast stretch home.

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Above: Coming up the volcano track

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Above: Here’s looking at you, Wry… I had to fix a loose bolt in my carrier… of course. In a nice twist, the place was serving Tanzanian beers!

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Above: Puddles got Team Wankered, Neb talks shop with purple cat boy

From Torosei through Mile 46 and all the way to Olepolos for kuku choma, it was business as usual. Twist, splat, growl, pop-pop-pop blaaaap! After lunch we should have been only 30 minutes from home, but you are never home til you’re home and Mother Nature had a trick up her knickers. It had been raining steadily all day at the higher elevations and we found our usual exit spot very slick with slimy red clay on shiny black rocks. I skittered very gingerly past a place I’d previously dropped the bike and damaged my radiator and was very pleased to get away scot-free. I was even more pleased to see Wry lose half his bike in a hole! Ah sweet schadenfreude!

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Above: I was really enjoying the ride by this point…

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Above: Wry, you right tosser!

Once we extricated Wry from his predicament, it was just a matter of sliding sideways up the hill to the Pipeline road and the Southern Bypass where we splashed through the black gunk on Nairobi’s wet tar thoroughfares with the freaks and idiots. Almost totally fed up, I was granted a bit of comic relief as, in heavy traffic, I spotted a weak little 800cc Suzuki Alto with a huge sticker on the rear window proclaiming “Real men drive stick!” If you say so, Chuck Norris.

Great ride fellas!

Until next time.

 :snorting:


Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: RrP on June 15, 2019, 07:13:39 am
Thank you for another good larf n ride!!

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Title: 5 hour solo ride - New tracks
Post by: Osadabwa on June 28, 2019, 11:57:03 am
It doesn’t seem possible, but I keep finding new tracks. I’ve been waiting impatiently for a bit of sunshine to take my beloved Pig out to the Valley. Finally a small crack in the impenetrable cloud cover let through a few rays and I was off. Being only 15 minutes from dirt means a guy doesn’t have to plan much, and that was the plan for the day: No plan.

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Above: Don’t you just hate evangelists? Always trying to get you to convert to their way of thinking. Why don’t they just shut up and go back to their FB bike-specific circle jerks forums?

The last trip I took, I was off. Just didn’t feel one with the bike. I was loaded with fuel and camping gear, but I don’t think that was the only factor. Sometimes, the weight makes the Pig more planted, but I felt nervous and didn’t trust myself. I think I just needed some distance between myself and a recent tumble that shook me up and bruised the hell out of my (still aching) wrist.

That feeling is gone. As soon as my tires hit dirt I was back in my happy place. The setup felt stellar (minimal gear…), the grip was spot-on, and I had all of the horses at my disposal. The dry ground helped, too, I suspect. Anyway, I went blasting in search of a track I remembered from several years ago. Didn’t find it, but spent several good hours on new stuff.

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Above: Yes, the bike will be in every photo. She loves the hard-packed sand…

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Above: …and the marbles and stones.

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Above: I remember this little valley from 2014. Surprised to see the trees are still there!

After playing around on new tracks, it was still early so I set out for Baby-Head Hill to practice my rolling rock riding. A plan has been hatched to attack an area of Kenya I’ve had my eyes on for years… Suguta Valley… and I’ll need to get my rock-riding legs under me for it. Early August… stay tuned.

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Above: Some valleys got more rain than others, clearly

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Above: Such a nice area, sliding off the Rift

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Above: Baby-Head Hill is only an approximation of the loose rock stuff up North, in terms of looseness, steepness and length … Even though I ride it all the time, I need more practice

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Above: Amazingly, I bumped into a herd of 20 giraffe, some zebras and a small flock of Ostrich right after Baby-Head

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Above: Having had a good 5 hours on the rocks, I decided to head back. On the way, my stomach started growling so I stopped for some ugali and a beer at Drips Point. Look rather glum in the shot, but I was happy as a pig in mud.

Riding solo always makes me happy. I love making decisions on a whim, not hesitating, turning back, going the wrong way, stopping or not stopping as I please. Many of the best riding is uncovered solo too… you don’t just wonder where that track goes, you actually go explore it.

Cheers

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 28, 2019, 04:45:47 pm
Stunning area you have to ride/play in!! :deal: :thumleft:
Title: More rock and roll
Post by: Osadabwa on July 03, 2019, 06:28:29 am
Invigorated by my solo day out, and by the re-emergence of steady sunshine, it was time to grab Panic and go for another rip. I wanted to show him some of the tracks I found the week before and to continue practicing the loose rocks. I forgot to load the right track but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we re-discovered an old gem and a connecting route down-valley to the Magadi Road. From there, we ripped through the sandy flats near Olegorsaile, spooking gerenuk, giraffe, ostrich and gazelle and hit Oltepesi for a quick Coke break before launching through the white chalk and rocks, capping it off with a bottom-to-top ride up the New Valley.

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Above: Our usual entry point to the valley has been left with no trees and a hole in the ground, but the view of the Ngongs from atop the denuded hill is nice

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Above: On a track I discovered in 2014 but haven’t ridden since. Pretty valleys and hills and the rocky, overgrown 4x4 trail leads down to the Magadi tar road.

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Above: Descending a pretty long stretch of loose and embedded rocks. Nice way to get the blood pumping.

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Above: Out in the flats on sandy, drifty track separated by rocky outcrops. The less travelled path is the more enjoyable at this junction.

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Above: Climbing over a rocky outcrop and emerging into a little valley oasis full of giraffe and gazelle

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Above: A wild desert hog takes a short break

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Above: We practiced a few pivot turns on this forgiving sand and gravel plain before ripping back to Oltepesi for Cokes

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Above: Starting up the New Valley track and pausing for a splash at the broken water pipe

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Above: Looking up valley

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Above: Side-tracked by an opportunity, we followed the riverbed but it fizzled out

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Above: At the end of a couple kms of rolling rocks, great practice in the mid-day heat

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Above: Always stop to smell the flowers

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Above: Panic rests, roadside in the New Valley

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Above: We popped out of the rocky section and flew on the fast dirt. 200km of rocks and sand had worked up quite an appetite. Off to the Drip for a beer and some chicken and chips.

Probably won't be back until August for the trip to Suguta... cross fingers for us on that one.

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: XT JOE on July 28, 2019, 05:31:45 pm
 Pain in the ass not finding this thread for 2 months and then catching up when you do find it, sweet. Good reading and pics as always thanks. How did the new Leatt survive your wipe out- rocks look gnarly, assuming wrist as good as can be. Xr is lookin real good
Title: Leaving tomorrow. If I don't come back, tell my wife I love her.
Post by: Osadabwa on August 05, 2019, 06:25:50 pm
Well, it's finally arrived. I got two guys to agree to head to the Suguta Valley with me. 5 years ago when I arrived here, I started scouring Google Earth for riding areas and found a place that looked positively unimaginable. It was a valley surrounded by volcanic flows and craters with a sand dune field in the middle of it and a black volcanic cone plopped right in the center of it all. Suguta has been my White Whale. Every time I want to go there, it's too dangerous (Samburu and Turkana slaughtering each other) or too hot (in Easter when I have my long ride, the place is running 50C every day). The only people who go in there are helicopter safaris, military and bandits. This time Thursday, it'll be helicopter safaris, military, bandits and XR650Rs.

Here's what I'm talking about:

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Above: An areal view of the Black Cone. I want to ride the bikes up to that sonofabitch and take a photo.

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Above: From the Black Cone down... I doubt I'll be keen to climb it in MX boots... rather ride! And the cone is only one of the crazy features down there that I want to explore. If we're up to it, we'll try to ride out the North end of the valley past Lake Logipi, where I nearly left my ass a few years ago.

I can't wait.

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 05, 2019, 11:43:10 pm
Sub!! :thumleft: :drif:
Title: 2019 08 - Suguta Teaser Vid
Post by: Osadabwa on August 12, 2019, 07:10:30 am


Full report coming soon...
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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: pietas on August 12, 2019, 08:36:42 am
Going upmarket with the reports  O0
Cool tunes  :thumleft:
Title: 2019 08 - Suguta Ride day 1 to Baragoi
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 07:57:21 am
Wouldn’t you know it would rain. Nairobi was chilly when I left the house and the tar road out of town was a sloppy mess overrun with the usual poorly-behaved muppets in their wheeled cages. The plan was to meet up with Wry and Neb at the Shell station, fuel up, and just burn it to Maralal on tar. It’s a long way up there and we wanted to be as close to the Suguta as we could be for an early start the following day.

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Above: The petrol station. My prophesy: It’ll rain and be cold all the way past Nyahururu. The actual situation: sunshine around the first corner. Panic would have approved.

We kept the throttles on past Nyahururu until Neb’s little belly started grumbling. He’s our canary in the coal mine when it comes to eating. Wry and I would probably just keep going until we dropped, but Neb, being a spring chicken, needs to eat regularly to maintain all that youthful piss and vinegar of his. It’s usually good though, and our breakfast in Rumuruti hit the spot indeed. Afterwards, we legged it for Maralal, stopping only to say hi to a friend of Wry’s along the way.

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Above: Rumuruti Choma Zone for a chapati/egg breakfast burrito and some fuel.

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Above: Meeting up with Wry’s friend roadside somewhere. Cheers again for the beers and snacks, mate!

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Above: Maralal again. I’ve been up here 3 times in half a year. It’s the crossroads for Northern adventures.

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Above: Neb seeks clarity and Wry and I bargain for some crumbled leaf tobacco at the Maralal herbalists and healers market. Turkana love to chew and snort the stuff, so we were keen to have some on hand to help us ingratiate ourselves if need be. At 20/- ($0.20) a bag, we took 10 and hit the road again. The straight road to Baragoi is a well-known bandit corridor, so we took our preferred route off the back of the mountain to Barsaloi, pausing to have lunch at the overlook we found last ride.

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Above: Neb and Wry heading out of Maralal

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Above: Runch at the rookout

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Above: Neb on the descent

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Above: We detoured into the small riverbed at the base of the hill to get a little sand practice in and to mix it up a little. It was a nice detour.

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Above: Won’t be the last bit of sand this trip

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Above: The riverbed narrowed and kicked us out on the road to Barsaloi.


To be continued...
Title: Suguta Ride Day 1 continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 08:01:45 am

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Above: Wry on the road to Barsaloi

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Above: The start of the Milgis Lugga… in Easter we took this 80km riverbed to Ngurunit and on the way home, Neb crashed in there so hard he forgot what day it was… and still doesn’t know.

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Above: Barsaloi Catholic Church’s reminder that Peace is something desirable. You don’t have signs like that unless peace is hard to come by… Painting depicts a Turkana and Samburu with their cattle, an ever-present source of excitement.

Whipping past Barsaloi, wide were the road, the throttles and the grins. There we maxed our speeds, rushing toward the evening and keen to be so close to the end of the day. By the time we arrived in Baragoi and had fuelled and found a guest house, it was 450km later and many hours in the saddle. We celebrated the very good accommodation and brilliant, almost cool weather with four too many beers and a couple drams of Scotch we could have missed as well. All in all, for a day that was only meant to be getting from A to B, it was a lot of fun. We hit the hay early and slept hard. Tomorrow we’d see about Suguta.

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Above: Wry giving it some on the Baragoi Road

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Above: Samburuland is lovely. Ndoto mountains on the horizon.

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Above: Neb and the happy clouds

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Above: A quick break at the famous: “War: The Banquet of the Hyenas” sign on the Baragoi road

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Above: Barsaloi really playing up that "cleanest town" business... it's like bragging about having perfect attendance. Get over yourselves, nerds!

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Above: I don't know if I'm coming or going...

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Above: Pulling into the guest house in Baragoi. I was very pleased with the state of this place; though the proximity to a bar could have made it noisy on a Friday night, it was peaceful as could be on a Wednesday.

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Above: San Antonio was my bougainvillea-bedecked abode for the night

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Above: Neb and I on the White Caps, sending selfies to all the suckers who couldn’t make it on the ride

See you at 5:45 AM

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Xpat on August 13, 2019, 10:51:59 am
Very cool ride - even Honda cannot take away from it... :pot: :thumleft:
Title: Xpat...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 11:33:45 am
Just wait... it gets so much better.

You can stir the shit all you want, I know the  :snorting: is king of the desert!
Title: Day 2 - To Suguta Valley
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 02:06:35 pm
5:45 AM

We were planning to be up with the dawn anyway, but it was a very rude awakening indeed to have what sounded like the Devil himself shouting “HALLELUIAH!” via loud speaker and going on about real live saints returned from heaven to earth to tell YOU all about it today in Nakuru, just a small donation requested and your salvation is GUARANTEED! Who wakes up and thinks it’d be OK to start his amps at dawn to blast the Good News from his doorstep to everyone within a 2-kilometer radius. WWJD? I bet he’d wear headphones, but I can’t be sure. I’d ask him, but I think he left Kenya last week after saving loads of folks in Kitengela and Ongata Rongai. LINK (https://www.foxnews.com/faith-values/us-pastor-accused-of-being-jesus-imposter-after-visit-to-africa-goes-viral)Amen.

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Above: A peaceful shop getting on with it in Baragoi, despite the shouts of the self-espoused healers on the neighbour’s amp.

We easily found the road out of town along the plateau’s green back. The early morning light was a treat, and the going was easy. Cool air and the play of light through the clouds crowding Nyiro over towards Tuum was fantastic. Soon the road dropped off the edge and began winding its way toward the valley floor. Rockier, but recently maintained and very rideable, we rode it easily, drinking in the new scenery and getting geared up for the Valley proper. At some point we paused to let a man move his herd of stubborn camels walk down the road a piece. As we waited, I noticed Neb had a broken spoke. No shock there since he’d been riding like mad on a dead mousse and detonated tire. While we waited for him to tune the spokes, a 4x4 came by, crowded with armed escorts for a pair of wazungu in the back seat. When I asked if all was well down below, they said “hivi-hivi” and gave me a doubtful shrug. “Hivi-hivi’s good enough for us,” I said. It’ll never be perfect.

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Above: Along the way, there’s a campsite we didn’t explore. I imagine it’s pretty basic, but it might be out of earshot of the 5AM sermon.

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Above: The Southern end of Nyiro was roiling with morning cloud and the air was cool.

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Above: Neb and Wry coming down through the cool greenery

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Above: I spooked this man’s camels twice and finally asked if we could go ahead. He said we should wait so he could move them off the track, so we did. I still think I got in hot water with the Parkati Turkana for stressing their camels a couple years back, so I gave the man some space.

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Above: This gave Neb some time to do reactive “maintenance”

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Above: This Desert Rose was easily over 2 meters tall.

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Above: Enjoy that slash fellas, there won’t be many more for the rest of the day…

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Above: Getting closer to the bottom, but still no sign of the Valley floor

Finally, we saw it. We crested a rise and the Suguta Valley spread out below. We could see the dunes and the Black Cone, Aruba Rock, and far in the distance the shimmer of Lake Logipi where we’d once tried to ride and were turned back by the heat LINK. It was very colourful, with beautiful dry grass yellows, volcanic grays, rusts and blacks, and also far more green than I expected. The brown stretch of the Suguta River twisted its way down the centre of it all, flanked by daum palms on both sides. We were elated. Now it was becoming real. After a minute or two, we kicked the bikes and got rolling, it was time to do get in there.

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To be continued...
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 13, 2019, 02:11:26 pm
That little town even seems to have electricity!! :thumleft:
Title: Suguta Valley continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 02:11:55 pm
Once in the valley floor, we had a choice to follow the new road to the South where a bridge had reportedly been built, or we could ford the Suguta River and bee-line it for the dunes. We picked the latter. It was a much shorter route if it was possible, and we were on a recce mission, so finding out what works and what doesn’t was the whole point. We retraced an old 4x4 track through a dry riverbed until it vanished in the grass-tufted flats and then steered toward the dunes. The first place we tried to cross the river, the silt was quick-sand and I got bogged down in it before abandoning ship. Later on, though, we found a workable spot and made our way to the other side.

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Above: Crossing the sand and rock-covered plains

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Above: The Suguta River that flows North in to saline Lake Logipi where it dead ends and swelters in the heat

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Above: Our first potential crossing point turned out to be a bit too sticky

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Above: Scouting for a likely crossing point. There are no people here, so there are not the usual cattle and goat paths in and out of the river. It was completely uninhabited. Pristine.

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Above: Neb took one for the team and walked the river. Having declared it good to go, I blasted through with no problems and the others followed.

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Above: Neb crossing the Suguta River in style

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Above: A lot of style!

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Above: Dammit Neb, don’t kill the cameraman!


Above: Video coming down the mountain and through the river

To be continued...
Title: Suguta Valley continued
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 02:17:48 pm
Successfully across the river, excitement was building. The tufted grassy expanse before us was no obstacle at all with the dunes waiting patiently in the near distance. The wind was whipping and the day was still cool as we approached our goal. Soon enough we rode up the first of the dunes and left the grass behind. Wry went ahead, scouting a path to the Black Cone while I waited for Neb to do something or other. Eventually unable to wait any longer, I set out after Wry who had vanished in the distance immediately and whose tracks were already being erased by the wind. Soon we were all together, exploring routes through the sand, taking it easy and not going crazy. The goal for the trip was reconnaissance: We wanted to ride the dunes, climb the Black Cone and acquire intel about the other features and potential routes to Lake Logipi and beyond.

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Above: Much of the Valley is covered in this tufted grass interspersed with sand or compacted soil. It’s not difficult to ride (when it’s dry), but it hides numerous treacherous gullies, some of which are deep and steep enough to give you a bad time.

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Above: Wry aims for a gap in the last of the palms, the Black Cone awaits in the distance

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Above: Everything in the Suguta Valley is hardy, harsh and beautiful

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Above: On the first of the dunes! Elated.

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Above: Wry sets off for the Cone

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Above: Lovely texture, hard packed mostly, but don’t let your guard down

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Above: Wry approaches through a field of ripples and sand-snakes

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Above: Distances are utterly impossible to gauge, and with the wind erasing tracks almost as quickly as they’re made, it would be easy to get separated. Fortunately, the dune field isn’t so huge and there are many landmarks to navigate by. It gave me a sense of what the Sahara might be like and it gave me the willies.

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Above: Neb enjoying the dunes a little

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Above: It’s an endless playground we shall return to explore.

At some point, Wry, who has a lot of dune experience (I have none) showed me how NOT to descend a seemingly inoffensive slope. Cruising past me, he immediately went ass over teakettle in the much softer sand of the lee-side slope (captured on video, below). Helping him (after photographing him in his shame of course) was the first time in the trip I noticed the hidden challenge of the dunes. Just walking in the deep sand was a chore, and righting and pulling the bike back down to where Wry could walk it out was equally tough. Alone, maybe impossible. Of course, the XR adds the third challenge: kickstarting a flooded bike, which we took turns doing and eventually required Neb’s help too. By the time I climbed back up to retrieve my bike, I was feeling sapped of energy. That was just the beninging.

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Above: You have to admit, Wry picked a beautiful place to dump the bike

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Above: Neb’s view of Wry’s goof

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Above: Us extricating Wry’s bike from her sandy hole. I felt just like an ant in an Antbear trap

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Above: Neb, far above us, taking pics and laughing at our misfortune

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Above: Beautiful shot from Neb’s lookout… in the distance, you can see I’m already starting to feel it

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Above: This is the photo we all came here to take. Beauty.

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Above: Neb surfs Suguta Valley


Above: From the Suguta River to the Suguta sand dunes and the Black Cone
Title: Suguta Valley continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 02:24:07 pm
We rolled up to the Black Cone’s base and doffed as much kit as we could to begin the ascent. The whole feature is composed of large basalt boulders, so climbing was like playing on a jungle gym. At the top, the wind roared and we took an hour admiring the view and just taking it all in. We’d made it to our destination. It was hard for me to process. I’d been planning it for years, and here I was. Neb phoned his dad on our borrowed Satellite Phone. We are very far from help if something goes wrong, so we made an extra effort to have a backup plan. With the Sat-Phone we could call one of Wry’s mates who owns a helicopter and had agreed to be our life-line if needed. It was nice piece of mind. This place is no joke, a fact that became clearer with every passing hour.

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Above: Wry climbs to the Eastern edge

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Above: Me and the boys. Cheers fellas, we made it!

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Above: Wry and Neb studying the dunes

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Above: From the other side of the Cone, the bikes look like toys. From there, I could just make out that somebody’s helmet had fallen in the sand! Ha ha ha… shit. It was mine.

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Above: In the Cone’s “dimple” Wry and I play the fool

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Above: Back down again, a little less energetic, but totally fulfilled.

We agreed that for this first foray into the Valley, we wanted to explore Aruba Rock, the castle-like tan volcanic core jutting from the ground some kilometres away, and see if we could get to Lake Logipi. So,rather than play the day away in the dunes, we had to get moving. Right away, I delayed our plans by getting myself stuck… twice. The first time, I missed the line and ended up off the lee side of a dune in the soft sand. I managed to extricate myself from there, but as I ground my way around the bowl of the dune, I got trapped right where Wry had churned up the sand earlier on. Neb had to come give me a hand or I wasn’t going anywhere. That battle wore me out further, I was beginning to see where this was going...

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Above: Me, well and truly dug in.

Once I was out, we made our way to new territory out the North end of the dunes near Aruba Rock. Before long, Neb rode ahead of me and parked on a dune top and I could see spots in the sky ahead. Helicopters. Twice a day, two high-end tour operators take clients on helicopter rides over Kenya’s desert highlights, including Aruba Rock and the Black Cone. I rushed to where Neb was, and almost went over backwards as a fist full of throttle in soft sand caught hold and the wheel lifted up well past my comfort zone! I was parked and settled by the time the first bird thumped a circle around us, and we watched as the third and fourth, both four-seaters, descended to eye-level in the distance and charged directly at us and over our heads, waving. A very cool salute from colleagues of Wry’s friend.

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Above: Spread out aiming for Aruba Rock

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Above: Our helicopter fly-by. Also in the video below.

Once the choppers were specks in the southern sky, we continued toward Aruba Rock. Soon, we could see that the black skirt surrounding the Rock was composed of large volcanic rubble, impassable on a bike, at least from the South. By this time, Neb, the food alarm, was getting hungry and we all agreed it was time to park up somewhere shady, chew some vittles, down some water and ORS and maybe wait out the heat of the day before pushing North. At this point, we were considering camping in the valley overnight. There was no sign of anyone anywhere for miles. It would be breath-taking to see dusk and dawn in that place. But given our water situation (6L each, half of it gone already), it could have also been daft and dangerous.

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Above: Aruba Rock flanked by her skirt of black stones… another time, I will approach from another angle where it looks like dunes reach the base. I’d love to see that thing under a full moon.

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Above: The riding was spectacular. We tracked off-piste through stones, bush and deep sand.

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Above: A lone dune on the backside of one of the Valley’s crescent volcano mouths. Distance and size are deceptive in the desert. That dune is several storeys high and 300M along the spine.

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Above: We carved a place out from beneath a palm and tucked in. Neb cut up his signature chili chives Brown’s cheddar, and we all shared tins of chicken and fish.

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Above: We decided to let the clouds come in if they were going to, and let the heat of the day move along a spell. We crashed out under the palm’s shade and tried to ignore the sweat flies for an hour with mixed results. Wry managed to snore a bit, but I felt like a baked potato. It was 38C/100F in the shade and the breeze was giving out.

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Above: This was the best we could do for shade…

To be continued...



Title: Suguta Valley continued...
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 02:33:07 pm
After an hour’s rest, we kitted back up and pressed onwards. The rest had done me a world of good and I took off, keen to find the passage to L. Logipi. The Valley narrows where a wide tongue of black rubble spills out of a gaping ancient volcano on the West, squeezing the Suguta River’s meandering track. I wasn’t exactly sure which route to pursue, but I wanted to see that black tongue up close and was not keen to cross the river so I aimed northwest. Riding directly across the grass was much slower and laborious than earlier on thanks to the many deep ravines with wet clay in them crisscrossing the path. Finally along the edge, we were able to follow the volcanic spill, but were diverted by a rivulet back to the centre of the Valley where Neb eventually got bogged down in head-high grass. At this point, I was already out of energy again and when Neb finally extricated himself from the grass he said “I think this place is slowly trying to kill me”. We decided it was time to head out, and sharpish. Water was low, people were starting to get weak and we were a long way from a road. So of course, only 100M later, Wry bogged himself down in a mud hole that took all three of us to get him out of. Cheers Wry.

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Above: Neb makes our Northern-most tracks before calling it quits for this recce

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Above: Wry, buried up to the axel in the mud.
After a short conference, we decided to retrace our steps past the dunes and bee-line it off-piste over unknown terrain for the southern road that would take us out to Lokori. I had an old GPS track, but I gathered, correctly it turned out, that it went off-piste, so when we got there, we just had to start making our way however we could. The dead heat of the day had taken hold, and no matter what I did I couldn’t stay hydrated. I hadn’t taken a piss all day, and I felt numb, like every muscle had been aggressively massaged. My helmet made me claustrophobic even with the visor up. The dunes were easy enough to ride, but once they stopped, we only had a stretch of sandy riverbed before we were manhandling the Pigs over the lumpy, uneven flats. We stopped again under a shady palm and I guessed we had 13km to go over the uneven, grass-clumpy, stony, sandy flats to the road we hoped would be there. By now the Mercury was closer to 41C/105F in the shade.

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Above: The last shade palms and 41C heat

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Above: Easy enough going in the sandy stretches

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Above: The grassy tufts, however, disguised any number of traps

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Above: Eventually, we rolled out onto eroded, rock-strewn hills that were actually preferable to the grass

At last, we reached the road, right at a village we didn’t at all expect to find. It had taken us three hours to ride 30km in oppressive heat. That’s a lot of slow moving and manhandling the bike. The Turkana elders there directed us to the only duka where we bought half pints of hot Grape Fanta and pounded them like they were ice cold White Caps. The whole group was friendly, but guarded, and only when Wry pulled out the tobacco balls we’d bought in Maralal did their faces relax. With more sugar and liquids in our bodies, and late afternoon well underway, we hit the Lokori road flying. I was gunning it, hoping to get to Lokori before the sugar rush of the Fanta faded to black. The road was good and we were charging, but my body was telling me I’d overone it. My fingers refused to release the handlebars and my hamstrings and groin muscles took turns cramping and spasming all the way there. Still, the evening light on the trees, rocks and short green grass was a sight to see.

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Above: Parting shots from Suguta Valley on the Lokori Road

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Above: Thumbs up, but probably just because my hand had cramped in that position! Such a beautiful evening for a rip.

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Above: Neb crushes over the embedded stones to Lokori

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Above: Wry hammers a deep fesh-fesh field… it was a brilliant track

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Above: Bikes and bikers both, ready to rest

Lokori, like Baragoi had decent accommodation and attentive staff and we were quickly out of our kit, washed up and sat around a table of hot food. I drank 2 more litres of water and ORS plus a beer before I finally managed to piss. At night I hallucinated my way through the darkness, still riding Suguta Valley in my dehydrated dreams.


Above: And my dreams looked something like this...



Title: Day 3 - Lokori to Iten via S. Turkana National Reserve
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 03:03:13 pm
I felt like a dog’s chew toy in the morning. Every fibre of my body felt like moosh. We were in no rush to climb back on the bikes, so we took in the morning scene around the guest house (lots of guys with AK-47s hopping in 4x4s as security), drank more fluids and chewed our surprisingly savoury breakfasts at our leisure. I’d promised the boys a (relatively) easy 200km jaunt over to Iten where we could spoil ourselves with good food, a nice bed and a cold climate for a change.

So, after an annoying fuel stop where kids kept getting their bare feet under my MX boots and the muppet at the pump couldn’t understand the concept of “fill ‘er up”, we set off through the South Turkana National Reserve. It was a fantastic double track through unspoiled Kenyan bush with 3 meter anthills spiking through the acacias and knee-high yellow-green grass everywhere. At the time, we didn’t know it was a reserve and it felt properly spooky… where there is pasture but no pastoralists, perhaps its because it’s a contested zone. Gave us the heebie jeebies for sure, but what a beautiful place.

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Above: Starting off from Lokori

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Above: In S. Turkana Reserve… the deep grass and lack of humanity was otherworldy

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Above: There wasn’t so much as a truck track on this old 4x4 road, despite it being a numbered road on my GPS

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Above: Of course I got a puncture. Of course it was a pinch flat on the front. I actually suspect I had lost pressure from a thorn pinhole and didn’t notice it, but it didn’t change the fact that I was again sweating in the sun. At least the bike crutch I built worked perfectly.

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Above: Neb has energy enough to lift the wheel

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Above: Picture postcard worthy place

As we continued on, I kept coming across cattle with no signs of herders. I didn’t like that. It meant whoever was tending the animals skeedaddled when they heard us coming, implying that perhaps they were somewhere they shouldn’t be. Fortunately, the first humans we saw after an hour of silence were kids and they didn’t have guns, so we breathed a sigh of relief. The road widened and headed straight for the other side of the Rift Valley where we stopped for a bite and a rest.

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Above: Neb salutes the cool air that awaits us atop the escarpment

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Above: Lunch stop under a cool shade tree in Pokot territory

I was struck again by the beauty of the Pokot area under the escarpment. So many tall trees and so lush. The road was nice, but had no flow. You couldn’t get any rhythm due to the many turns and variety of life on the roads, from people to sheep, so we just pressed on past Tot and picked one of the three switchbacked roads up the escarpment face I’d plotted in the GPS. It was really fun riding, having been abandoned by cars long ago, it was scrambly on the tight switchbacks but rideable all the way. We paused for a look down into the Rift Valley and licked it on up to Iten for a night at the Kerio View Hotel

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Above: The Pokot area of the upper Kerio River Valley is lovely

To be continued...
Title: Day 3 - Lokori to Iten continued
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 03:03:56 pm


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Above: Climbing up the switchbacked track to Iten, our previous track in the distance getting hammered by rain

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Above: Bare stone and rolling rocks kept the climb interesting

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Above: A brief snack break to admire the scenery

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Above: Turning away from the steep edge into the agricultural zone

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Above: Maize covered hillsides as far as the eye could see

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Above: Triumphant beer and Kerio View Hotel’s fantastic view

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Above: Monkeys

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Above: The place is colourful, that’s for certain.

I was still running on half power from the day before and we all had a very early night. The cool air and nice rooms were just what the doctor ordered. We’d feel 100% in the morning.

 :snorting:

Title: Day 4 - Down the Valley and back up again: Iten to Nyahururu
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 04:33:20 pm
Up to a heavy fog that obliterated the Kerio View, we dallied over our breakfast not keen to put on damp kit in the cold. I had a long chat with the owner, Jean Paul who had recently been to the Suguta Valley as well, during his 70ish year of life, with a pair of mates and two 4x4s that were perpetually stuck in the mud. Some people never stop exploring. We were out of there by 10, passing by Runners Point, a shop owned by some of the fastest long distance runners on Earth. Wry knows them, so we stopped to say howdy before enjoying the beautiful, twisty tarmac down to the valley floor.

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Above: Piggies in the mist

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Above: Runners Point boys with Wry

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Above: I don’t know if that’s very hygenic

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Above: Neb bids Iten farewell the only way he knows how

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Above: Handsome devils freezing their fingers off

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Above: Descending from Iten

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Above: If you’ve got to make tar roads, make them like this

Down in the Kerio Valley again, we slid pas the Flurspar mine and headed East. The roads were rolling and quick and we made really good time. Again I was struck by how nice it is down there. Eventually the road began to climb out the other side of the valley and it got rockier and twistier. This inspired hooliganism. I saw Wry up ahead turn to see where I was and just went for him. He could hear me coming so he started twisting it on. We were locked in a nice battle for several km, blasting over loose stones with no care for rims or wreckage. Fantastic. Having crested the hill, we then pulled down the tar for a few km and jumped back off onto a nice track shortcutting over to the Baringo – Nakuru road to an old bridge solely used by charcoal burners where we stopped for lunch.

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Above: River crossing at the Flurspar Mine

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Above: Kerio Valley

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Above: Starting the ascent and the race zone. Not too many photos as a result, but it was sweet.

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Above: Heading down to the bridge

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Above: Nice place, lazy river

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Above: One of Kenya’s most successful tribes: Illegal Charcoal Burners. Nice helmet, Kevin.

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Above: Runch
Title: To Nyahururu continued
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 04:37:13 pm
We caught the Baragoi – Nakuru road for a bit to link us to the dirt heading up to Nyahururu. The lowlands are always sweltering and muddy in spots, but in no time we were climbing up the Rift Valley Escarpment’s East flank yet again. I had finally fully recovered from my dehydration bout so it was go go go all the way. Lovely views down to Lake Baringo appeared, and we leapfrogged happily up the hillside, throwing stones all the way.

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Above: Down in the valley where the deep mud hides

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Above: Rocketing up above Lake Baringo

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Above: Neb’s got rocket wrist

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Above: Yes, Wry, I am Number 1

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Above: Just keeps climbing, mile after mile

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Above: Geez, not sure about this one, but at least I’m peeing again

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Above: At the top of the world, Wry puts on his best 007 impression

As luck would have it, we were nailed by rain just 30 minutes from Nyahururu. Upon arrival, we got a fire going in the room and began the process of drying out our kit. Neb took control of this while Wry and I drank beers, but he was about as good at that as he is reading a GPS and when we got back to the room the whole place was clouded in smoke. We had several beers and moved into the scotch, happily tottering off to sleep at last after another big day on the Pigs.

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Above: Arrival in the rain and a sip of scotch while drying kit

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Above: Neb the fire warden… the smoke’s supposed to go up the chimney, Neb

We slept like dogs in the manyatta.

 :snorting:
Title: Day 5 - The cold road home
Post by: Osadabwa on August 13, 2019, 04:40:26 pm
It was time to head home. We all agreed that after Suguta, it didn’t matter how great the riding was, we were already satisfied. Still, you can’t just slab it home, so we detoured out of Nyahururu on the escarpment rim, descending into Happy Valley where all sorts of White Mischief took place back in the early 1900’s and beat ourselves to death on the excessively bumpy roads. We were searching for old colonial houses and paused at a couple workers cabins when Neb realised he’d broken his rack. Again. So we paused for a bit and listened to the sheep bells while he farted around.

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Above: View down to Ol Bolosat

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Above: Just tell Neb a naughty joke to get a genuine smile out of him. He's simple, our Neb.

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Above: Nice descent

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Above: It was probably 10C here… quite a contrast from our Suguta Valley day

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Above: Some old cottages at the base of the Aberdares road

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Above: Neb repairs his rack while I inspect the damage to his rim and tire… well done, muppet

Soon we were on the Njabini tar and gunning for home. We paused to fuel up and spend the rest of the kitty next to a very important meeting of the fluorescent order of the church of who knows what and nobody knows why. The road home was hectic as ever and cold, but we zigzagged through the traffic back to the safety of home. Neb and I grabbed a bite and swapped out photos. So boys, when do we go back?

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Above: The Fabulous Flourescent Order and their Day-Glo Bishops

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Above: Home sweet home… Tuzi the doggo missed me.

Boys, change your drawers and your tires, fix your broken bits and pack your bags. Let's go back!

 :snorting:

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: RobLH on August 13, 2019, 06:58:32 pm
Brilliant, thank you.
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on August 13, 2019, 08:28:09 pm
Aah, I have been looking forward to this!
Another excellent ride, & great report..
Much appreciate the effort, & share..
Well done, and thanks
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Sheepman on August 14, 2019, 11:39:36 am
Brilliant  :thumleft: Can't wait for the next chapter  ;)
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Dustman on August 16, 2019, 01:24:04 pm
This is like popcorn, once started you can't stop.  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: XT JOE on August 16, 2019, 10:10:17 pm
Excellent as always thanks for sharing
Title: Meow....
Post by: Osadabwa on August 18, 2019, 09:09:11 am
So Wry shares the RR with some non bikers who asked him if he saw the lions... to which he replies: "Lions?"

The story goes that a heli safari to Suguta had landed in the valley when they spotted lions nearby that showed too much interest so they took off. Landing several KM away to climb on foot to a viewpoint, they got a shock when they spotted the lions running full tilt to their position. It was a race to the chopper and the bipedal group only just made it, with the lions jumping after them trying to catch a ski...

Now I don't know if that's true or not... we didn't see a hell of a lot of game to support crazy assed lions... but it would have made our little siesta under the palms less relaxing if I'd heard the story before the ride!

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ROOI on August 19, 2019, 12:54:47 pm
 Great report  :drif: thanks for sharing .
Title: Re: Meow....
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 19, 2019, 01:08:07 pm
So Wry shares the RR with some non bikers who asked him if he saw the lions... to which he replies: "Lions?"

The story goes that a heli safari to Suguta had landed in the valley when they spotted lions nearby that showed too much interest so they took off. Landing several KM away to climb on foot to a viewpoint, they got a shock when they spotted the lions running full tilt to their position. It was a race to the chopper and the bipedal group only just made it, with the lions jumping after them trying to catch a ski...

Now I don't know if that's true or not... we didn't see a hell of a lot of game to support crazy assed lions... but it would have made our little siesta under the palms less relaxing if I'd heard the story before the ride!

 :snorting:

 :laughing4:

Thats hillarious!!

Back in 1994 - yeah, a while ago, RR to follow at some point, my cousin @Roadcat and I were travelling from Iringa to Dar-es-Salaam on the A7, the national road through southern Tanzania, riding a pair of XT500's.
The road actually travels through the very north of the Mukumi Nature Reserve, so there is wildlife around (Well, there was, no idea about now....)
Well, at some point I pulled over to check a big male elephant standing tummy deep in a bog eating the grass (wet season) on the right of the road, about 60-80m away, I was casually sitting on the bike, which happened to be running & in gear....  :o
My cousin rides past at a reasonably slow speed, and points to my left, behind me according to my view of the elephant, I turned and there, sitting quietly, all upright in a row, was a small pride of 5 Lionesses - you have no idea how close I came to have to go shopping for new jocks.....  :imaposer: Revved up, quick-chop, pulled away, checked back and I swear they looked dissapointed.....
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on August 19, 2019, 08:31:42 pm
 :laughing4:

We kickstarter only bikers know how handy it is to keep her idling!

Another time I was with the Dar Bikers lost in the hunting blocks down in the Kilombero Valley south of Iringa. Ajax and I were looking for the way while a pair of muppets farted around with a puncture and we ran into a huge herd of Cape Buffalo. I killed the motor on the XR400 and was about to take a photo when Ajax revs his 450EXC in an attempt to shoo the bests away. Unfortunately for us it got their attention and they started running TOWARDS us! I've never kicked so quick I'm my life. Burned a quick U and got the hell out of there!
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 20, 2019, 07:28:38 am
Just reminded me - same trip - a few days later - I was trying to find a road up the coast from Dar to Bagamoyo - we were running low on fuel, so I drained both bikes into my tank and headed up the coast - got hopelessly lost and stumbled onto a poachers camp - they were unhappy with the Mzungu disturbing them cleaning ruffles, AK's etc...... I explained in my broken Portuguese that I was looking for petrol - they were then happy to sell me diesel.....  :imaposer:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Dacquiri on September 06, 2019, 06:20:14 pm
Magic RR Osadabwa!  What an adventure! You are lucky to have such a variety of off-road riding options right on your doorstep. Thanks for sharing it and looking forward to many more misadventures with the muppets!!
Title: 2019 09 - Magadi all day long
Post by: Osadabwa on September 18, 2019, 06:52:56 am
Today was a great day.

I haven’t been on the XRR since Suguta Valley, and haven’t ridden with Panic for longer. After Suguta, I had the frame re-welded (extra beefy this time), changed chain and sprockets, dropped the oil and did a service. Sometimes after being off the bike awhile, I can feel like a giraffe on roller-skates, but this time it was like putting on my own skin. The bike felt invisible and I was in the mood to give her a proper thrashing. Normally day rides are short, often ending up at Olepolos for kuku choma and home by 2, but today I had in mind a bit longer one. We ended up doing 350km over 8 hours, riding from the Rift Valley Rim at 2050m to Lake Magadi at 600m and back. All but 40km were dirt, rocks, sand and salt-pan. With just the two of us, matched perfectly in terms of pace, we hauled ass. Every time I looked back, Panic was right there, egging me on. As a result, I basically decided to leave the camera in its pouch and enjoy the ride without the burden of endless documentation. Just got enough shots to remind me of the day.

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Above: At one of very few rest stops, the bikes still squeaky clean. The start of the ride took us past the chaos of the new Chinese railroad and now what looks like a tarmac road going to Suswa from Ngong. That area has been irreparably changed for the worse. Met a nice Masai guy who knew a family I stayed with down there in ’98 and suggested I get back in touch so I can help them out. It was depressing… He says “You know so and so has 5 kids...”, to which I reply “That was their choice, not mine.”

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Above: Down towards Butt Brothers’ Farm road, we found the first of what would be three groups of masai giraffe enjoying the day. The track here has such great flow. Fast the whole way, mostly sandy with a few rock outcroppings to cross.

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Above: Past Butt Brother’s Farm on the back-way to Magadi via Sigiriani. The first half of this leg was beautiful, fast double track drifting. It didn’t last though and we were abused by the endless loose stones later. I was impatient and refused to follow a detour I’d found previously and we paid for it, trying to bee-line it through scrub brush over the top of the loose baby-heads.

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Above: Panic gets wrecked by a dust-devil... in Zambia they say if one of these puppies crosses your path, something bad is going to happen to you or your family. Very prophetic this time around... later Panic eats it!

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Above: After half an hour trying to ride directly over loose rocks without a trail, we gave up and hit the railroad tracks. The railroad here only serves the TATA factory at Magadi, so the chances of finding a train were very slim and we only had 5km to go. I got between the rails and blasted it, keeping a steady 80 – 90kph (faster than the train, I reasoned). In places, the sleepers had no stones in between them which was quite jarring, and it was nerve-wracking going around the one blind corner but we made it.

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Above: Dropping down into the salt flats behind L. Magadi. This road was in great nick, so I’m sure there must be a link to it that could keep us out of the railway.

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Above: At Magadi, we stopped at the sports club for a nice beef stew lunch and a couple of cold ones. The temperature was beautiful, only 30 C which is pretty rare, being at the bottom of the Valley.

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Above: After lunch, we explored a new track that heads to Torosei without needing to skirt the Lake or climb through the volcano (both fun things to do, but new tracks are always fantastic, and this way we don’t get bothered by Masai insisting we pay “conservation fees”). The going was very fast and dusty as hell. Panic was up my tailpipe, so he was riding blind. Sometimes he would ride off the side of the track in order to avoid the dust plume, but this time he picked a bad spot for it. He hammered this massive tree trunk, doing a nice headplant on the other side. See, Panic, you need to watch out for those dust-devils! Happily, there was no harm done, and we ripped on.

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Above: One very looong loop. The XRR is a time machine. We compressed what people often do in a weekend into one day out. To be fair, we were very quick partly because the two of us have ridden these tracks a million times, so sightseeing was minimal and the joy of braaaping was put to the forefront. I like it like that sometimes. Riding for riding’s sake.

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 18, 2019, 09:44:30 am
You are spoilt rotten, thanks for posting :thumleft:
Did not know Kenya had a TATA factory.
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Grunder on September 18, 2019, 09:53:18 am
You are spoilt rotten, thanks for posting :thumleft:
Did not know Kenya had a TATA factory.

Agree!

Always nice reading about your expeditions   :thumleft:
Title: Clarification...
Post by: Osadabwa on September 18, 2019, 12:13:54 pm
Chris L - The TATA plant is not building trucks if that's what you're thinking, it's TATA chemicals producing soda ash. LINK (https://www.tatachemicals.com/Operations/Magadi/About-us-Magadi/Company-profile-Magadi)

Next ride I do will again be down to Magadi, but this time for the Kenyan Distinguished Gentleman's ride on my XT. There will be several properly vintage bikes on the ride as well. It's quite different from my usual thing, which is maybe why I like it.

Cheers

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Title: Re: Clarification...
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 18, 2019, 12:16:14 pm
Chris L - The TATA plant is not building trucks if that's what you're thinking, it's TATA chemicals producing soda ash. LINK (https://www.tatachemicals.com/Operations/Magadi/About-us-Magadi/Company-profile-Magadi)

Next ride I do will again be down to Magadi, but this time for the Kenyan Distinguished Gentleman's ride on my XT. There will be several properly vintage bikes on the ride as well. It's quite different from my usual thing, which is maybe why I like it.

Cheers

 :snorting:
I looked it up and saw that. Also looked up Butt Brothers farm but could not find info.
Title: Butt Brothers' Farm
Post by: Osadabwa on September 18, 2019, 05:21:52 pm
ChrisL - I have to provide info on Butt Brothers' farm or else folks are going to talk...  ;D

Here are some pics from that place. Google Earth's last update was in 2018, but it already shows the irrigation system up and running etc. Here's a LINK (https://goo.gl/maps/Fjwz1Y629i6NEjBT8)to the areal photos. As farms go, it's probably not noteworthy, but as farms go in this part of the Rift Valley, it's immense. Clearly they haven't planted out completely yet, but they have already planted citrus trees in one area.

And as to the name: I didn't make it up, but it may not be the name of the farm either. Butt is a sir name in Kenya's Indian community (I found out, meeting someone in my son's class with that name), so it's not meant to be funny, but, well, I'm a juvenile at heart.

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Above: In 2016, we discovered the farm before they'd done much. There was a farm house and a few pieces of machinery with the name on it... giggle giggle

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Above: I'd like to know what kind of machine that is. The drawings indicate cotton, and if so that's interesting... Kenya doesn't grow much cotton.

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Above: Just an idea of the area... flat, dusty... almost a flood plain but without much flooding. This was like my 2nd ride on the XRR and I felt like I needed to pay tribute...

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Above: Sure is a fun place to test your bike's speed limit though!

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 18, 2019, 06:03:53 pm
Sure looks like fertile soil :thumleft:

Found this clip about wheat farming in Kenya.

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: RobLH on September 18, 2019, 06:21:23 pm
Butt Farming in the Kamberg valley in the KZN midlands is a massive pig farming operation. Just a bit of useless info as I doubt they are related.

Thanks for the updates to your ongoing trip report Osadabwa, always appreciated with a twinge of jealousy.
Title: 2019 Kenya DGR
Post by: Osadabwa on October 02, 2019, 11:18:25 am
Now for something a bit different...

It was time again to don spiffy duds, fire up the vintage bikes and participate in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Of course, in Kenya, nothing works like it does in the rest of the world. It’s part of what makes it so maddening and magical. So, as per our tradition, rather than saddle up on Sunday like the rest of the planet’s DGR riders to putter carefully from café to café, we like to head out on Saturday, ride 100km into one of Kenya’s hottest places, stay the night and return the following day. It’s always a great weekend, and this year we had 13 bikes (in admittedly varying states of vintageness) plus three support cars. Quite the convoy.

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Above: The crew on DGR day

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Above: My favourite of the old bikes: the BSA Golden Flash. Plenty of real-world patina on this baby.

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Above: The most pristine of the vintage bikes: a lovely old Yamaha XV750. She’s been pampered, showed off in bike shows for years, and now she’s back on the road getting some dust on those cooling fins.

 Leaving Nairobi is always a mess. Traffic is horrible, and with so many bikes all trying to lane split and overtake, somebody always gets confused. It’s also the best time to find out which bikes are giving issues. This time, it was the black Honda who decided to loose oil, but Famous Rick sorted it out in a trice. As for getting lost, we had five guys ride past the pre-determined checkpoints and only notice it about half way down the valley… It’s all par for the Nairobi DGR.

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Above: My XT on Ngong Road, the five bikers who can’t follow instructions, Famous Rick sorting our first issue

Past Cona Baridi, we slid quickly down the shoulder of the Ngong Hills to have some refreshment at the Jordan Breeze. This gave us time to figure out where the others were and to check all was in order. One of the Enfields was acting up, and bad fuel was to blame… maybe so. We pressed on.

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Above: Coming round Cona Baridi

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Above: My ’81 XT500 Nairobi Special looking the business among the acacias

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Above: Checkpoint Jordan Breeze

We set off for our perennial lunch spot under one of very few roadside trees large enough to offer a bit of shade. Lunches emerged from the vehicles and the five eager beavers returned from the valley to join us at last. The grub was excellent and there were special refreshments to quench our thirst in the steadily rising heat.

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Above: Lunch spot and shade tree

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Above: Obligatory "modern vintage" Triumph promotional photo… Triumph being a sponsor of the DGR

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Above: Draining the Enfield’s fuel… it seemed to make things better, and better’s good enough. Ugy and I helping from afar via telepathy.

Off like a herd of turtles, we roared over the wavering sun-baked tarmac past Oltepesi and Olegorsaile toward Magadi, our oven-hot destination. I zipped ahead to set up a few photos while the line of bikes steadily disintegrated. First the big Harley Davidson’s battery connections rattled loose, then a new Enfield 500 lost her battery cover. I sat in the shade enjoying the quiet while the rest tinkered and fussed. Shortly though, everyone roared past down the road to Magadi.

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Above: Leaving Oltepesi

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Above: The Golden Flash climbs toward the GSU Camp, Olegorsaile in the background

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Above: Me chilling in the shade, bikes being fixed, jokes being shared

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Above: At the Magadi TATA Soda Factory gate

To be continued...
Title: 2019 Kenya DGR continued
Post by: Osadabwa on October 02, 2019, 11:21:33 am
We soon found ourselves beers in hand soaking in the nice pool at the Sports Club, but for some of us, the riding was not yet over. It’s become a side-tradition for some of us to set out into Magadi’s surreal landscape to get some dirt on our wheels. The first time I led the group, two of the guys were just starting high school. Now, nearly graduates, they handle their bikes with a lot more muscle and it was a blast to see them chewing up the dirt.

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Above: An Enfield in the Magadi pans

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Above: Hooliganism ensues

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Above: The XR600 throwing roost

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Above: Weird landscapes are what Magadi is best known for… and mid-day heat

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Above: XT and a pair of Enfields

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Above: Above the golden plains below

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Above: Shiny new Enfield out on her first long voyage

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Above: Enfields showing this scrabbly hill who’s boss

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Above: Back on the lake shore, heading for the sundowner spot

At the sundown spot, we met up with one of the vehicles who happened to be carrying a refreshing pitcher of margaritas and a restaurant-sized bag of chips with salsa to boot. It was dark before we knew it and the boys led the way back to Magadi at a pretty decent clip, headlights bobbing down the road. I kept well back, running as I was on my XT’s weak excuse for a headlamp. Back at the club, dinner was served and we chowed contentedly this year before heading back for a night cap to close out a good day.
Title: 2019 Kenya DGR
Post by: Osadabwa on October 02, 2019, 11:27:01 am
Sunday is the actual start of the DGR, and for us it doesn’t officially start until half way back to Nairobi where in theory others could, but never do, join us. So, having broken the fast, we headed over to the petrol station to add go-juice to our steeds and get a group photo in our glad rags.

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Above: Ugy and his Golden Flash looking flashy

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Above: The whole crew, ready to roll

The morning was lovely. Cool and inviting. I again split ahead to snap pics of riders zipping past. At some point, riders stopped zipping past. I waited and waited, then finally checked our group chat. A Triumph had a puncture (and was now riding in the pickup) and one of our crew had come off going too hot around a bend. With that news in hand, I promptly started the bike and raced… ahead to grab a beer with the few who had gone before me. It sounded like all was well in hand behind.

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Above: Wasn't easy getting that big girl in the pickup I bet...

At Oltepesi, the official Nairobi DGR starting point, we rested under the trees and had a cold one while we waited to see how bad the damage was to the fallen rider. Happily, everyone arrived in good spirits, and with a bit of bodge-wire work from Famous Rick, the injured bike was good as new. All together again, we set off for the city.

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Above: The scene in Oltepesi

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Above: Waiting for the laggards

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Above: The local bar… relax everyone, Mnazi means coconut tree

Back in a group once again, we set off. Most of the crew aimed for home and some of us continued on to represent people who actually ride bikes at the annual Concourse de Elegance car and bike show at the racetrack. All in all, it was another successful Kenya DGR. Hope to see everyone again next year!

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Above: We joined one Enfield Cafe Racer... all told, he put in 200km to be with us!

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Above: Golden Flash hauls golden ass up the valley's steep hills... that old girl still has plenty of punch

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Grunder on October 02, 2019, 11:45:36 am
Random place for DGR to be hosted.

We can't even get Bloemfontein to do a successful run, but Kenya is right up there with the rest, well done.  :thumleft:


That bike of yours is a looker!!
Funny enough I watched a video last night where they talked about the XT.
Hope I'm linking the right clip (no youtube at work to confirm  :biggrin:)

http://www.brake-magazine.com/is-an-old-bike-worth-buying/
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 02, 2019, 02:15:00 pm
I am seriously digging your XT!!

 :thumleft:

And that XT video.......!
I am going to get my XT going again.
Somer tonight.
 :biggrin:
Title: XT video rocks!
Post by: Osadabwa on October 02, 2019, 06:24:31 pm
Man, that was such a cool video, it should be embedded here:



and he knows what he's talking about. I have three bikes, all of them are old, carb kick-start only rides. I love them all. The 2003 XRR is my favorite of course, but the 1981 XT and the 1985 XL600R I have all tick those same boxes (although the XL doesn't always make you feel cool exactly, it hauls ass and is as comfortable as can be and easily holds her own out there).

Anyway. I see XL600Rs for sale in Europe in museum quality nick for like 3000 Euros. For almost any type of riding, I would love to have that. Only downside is that parts are starting to get hard to find. Not so of the XT500, where a cult following keeps the parts flowing fairly well.

XRRs in the US go for $2500 sometimes, but I'd happily pay $5000 for the ones that have been tricked. Or, you can go out and buy an orange robot girlfriend off the shelf and try to convince yourself it's love and that forks are supposed to be that harsh and twitchy and that the rear end is supposed to buck you over the bars in the whoops. Up to you.

 :snorting:
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 03, 2019, 07:32:43 am
I feel obliged to hijack your thread with a couple of pics - first is my XT in 1994 in Harare, on our way back from Kenya.....
Second is my XT currently - I wish I had kept the frames and boxes, the disapeared in the intervening years.....
Third is my XT project bike, sans engine - XT frame, WR450 fromt end, PE175 rear swingarm, all in order to get more suspension travel, Excel rims, KTM525 brakes & sprocket....
Hijack off.....
Title: XTMANIA
Post by: Osadabwa on October 03, 2019, 04:48:15 pm
I tell you, travelling by bike used to be a bit of a mission... look at those boxes!

The XT project looks like trouble alright. Hope you get her put together and go shred some trails. Make sure the petrol station is nearby though... I don't get too far on my stock fuel tank!
Title: Re: XTMANIA
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 04, 2019, 11:53:55 am
I tell you, travelling by bike used to be a bit of a mission... look at those boxes!

All too right - back in 1991/2/3/4 we didnt know there was such a thing as Adventure Riding, and the internet wasnt free for info like now, so we bolted some stuff on a stock XT (we actually had jerry-cans to start off with), climbed on with a passport, and headed north - we didnt know what we didnt know, but somehow we made it back alive....

When is your next RR - we wait with bated breath, your area of riding in Kenya are awesome!!
Title: Just another day in riding paradise...
Post by: Osadabwa on October 04, 2019, 04:34:08 pm
Funny you should ask... just so happens I rode today! So enough of the XT nonsense, she's beautiful, but my heart beats to the rhythm of the XRR  :snorting:.

Been meaning to get out with Mr Brain for some time now, so I was happy he proposed a day ride. I pushed hard for him to buy an XR650L which came up for sale last year, which he did, and he has started the process of making her his own with a big tank with DIY reinforcements, large pegs and risers already installed. Panic and I took him down to Kisimit Valley and beyond.

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Above: Our new first stop spot with views of the Ngong Hills, the new Railroad, the tarmac coming from Ngong town, an open quarry, and a massive new electrical sub-station. Makes me want to cry how quickly one of my favorite places is changing.

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Above: Brain looking the business in his hi-viz vest! Follower of rules is our Brain!

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Above: All the roads in the valley have had makeovers. There is even tarmac snaking down from Ngong town to where we usually turn off. It’s really falling apart fast now. At least a fast dirt road is fun to ride, and there are still a few 4x4 roads that won’t soon be fixed.

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Above: Dropping down, a quick break by one of the few large trees

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Above: Dry dry dry… this time of year is just desolate looking.

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Above: If you can believe it, that abrupt hill in the distance has a private airstrip on top and a house… Brain and Panic debate its merits as a hideout during the Zombie Apocalypse

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Above: Dropping down into the Kisimit Valley, rolling rocks all the way. It’s good practice, and I like to hit something like this on every day ride if I can.

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Above: Panic watches Brain in the Doubletake, no doubt wondering if he’d take a tumble.

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Above: A bit later, he does... and I manage to get a pic of it. (I also dropped my bike, but nobody’s as quick on the draw as I am with a camera, so I usually get away without visuals).

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Above: The valley is one of the prettier parts of this part of the Rift. Still many trees, and surprisingly even a blooming Desert Rose

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Above: That’s one fugly looking Desert Rose, but the flowers are nice

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Above: At the bottom at last, we leave the babyheads behind for the dusty valley floor. There was a trickle of water in the streambed.

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Above: So dusty, Panic makes his exit from one feshy section

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Above: Fesh fesh fesh fesh

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Above: Wondering where the water came from, I walked up a ways with a Masai guy only to find a defunct water tank and some pipes deep in the ground. Guess the source is higher up.

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Above: We extricated ourselves from the valley sans hiccups (apart from Panic dropping his bike in the fesh… pooof!) and ripped to Oltepesi for a day beer in the shade. One drunk/high local guy caught our wrath briefly for being a general dingus, but otherwise the atmosphere was jolly.

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Above: Southeast of the road, the track is drift-tastic. Good quick lines interspersed with fesh and some sand. We saw giraffe, ostrich, zebra and later a few gazelles… all eking out an existence down here somehow. At least 2 decent sized plots in this area have been turned into commercial agriculture since I’ve been riding here, and that doesn’t count Butt Brothers’ huge farm farther down. Wildlife: your days here are numbered.

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Above: Down a ways in the flat pans. Great fun to ride this stuff.

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Above: Brain handles his XRL quite well. Hope to take him with us on some longer overnight trips soon, though given how long it's taken for us to go on this one day ride, I won’t hold my breath!

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 07, 2019, 11:59:46 am
Thank you  - I was having withdrawals,,,,

Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 07, 2019, 12:07:50 pm
Thank you  - I was having withdrawals,,,,
Me too!! :thumleft:

Osadabwa what bikes can be bought new in Kenia, meaning what dealers do you have?
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Grunder on October 07, 2019, 12:09:25 pm
Lekker  :ricky: :headbang:


It s bee a while since I've heard a man use the word pretty  :peepwall:
Title: The K in Kenya stands for KTM
Post by: Osadabwa on October 19, 2019, 08:14:30 am
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS ,

In Kenya, it's KTMs all the way down, but it's not simple. There is one long time KTM shop whose "dealer" is not actually a KTM franchise. For years, everyone assumed he was, but apparently not. In the last couple of years, some enterprising folks have started importing KTM enduro bikes directly from RSA, which causes a bit of drama you can imagine, and a properly branded KTM shop just opened in the city center selling the 390 Dukes along side their Bajaj counterparts (how embarrassing). There's a Beta dealer here, but he's totally taking the piss... Nobody buys from him cause if you had any issues, you'd be screwed. No Hondas or Yamahas can be bought directly here, and the market for older bikes like our XRRs is really thin. Kenya has a restriction on importing and registering vehicles that are more than 8 years old which makes it now impossible to bring in the stalwart BRPs (and doing it the old-fashioned way with sweet talking and moolah is more difficult all the time). There are guys who import used bikes from overseas, but you have to really know your bikes if you pick one of those up... they'll might not be running right off the bat, and may have a million issues, or they'll be great, it's just a crapshoot.

I'm dying to ride again, but it's not looking good. Busy with things in Nairobi and it's started to rain which means I have a hard time getting people to go out with me. But, one good thing about the rain, it makes the valley really pretty, I mean beautiful, gorgeous, splendid, verdant even, eh @Grunder ?

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: Oubones on October 19, 2019, 09:28:07 am
You make me so jealous, I like the your riding areas! :thumleft:
To hijack your thread again a bit.
I know you like the XRR, but I have an SR500 that I have to redo the suspension in any case, so thinking of upgrading it a bit to get more travel and using it for adventure riding.
It already has 12v to power the gps etc and disc brake in front to stop it, so excluding the happy button all I need is there.
Or go for Klr or Dr?
I am light and short so Xr is out, even my old Xl was to high for me.
Your thoughts?
Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 21, 2019, 07:51:55 am
You make me so jealous, I like the your riding areas! :thumleft:
To hijack your thread again a bit.
I know you like the XRR, but I have an SR500 that I have to redo the suspension in any case, so thinking of upgrading it a bit to get more travel and using it for adventure riding.
It already has 12v to power the gps etc and disc brake in front to stop it, so excluding the happy button all I need is there.
Or go for Klr or Dr?
I am light and short so Xr is out, even my old Xl was to high for me.
Your thoughts?

If you are looking at that era of bike - look for a XT500 and import a 12v conversion kit from Rex's Speedshop!
Title: Re: The K in Kenya stands for KTM
Post by: Grunder on October 21, 2019, 08:14:10 am
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS ,

In Kenya, it's KTMs all the way down, but it's not simple. There is one long time KTM shop whose "dealer" is not actually a KTM franchise. For years, everyone assumed he was, but apparently not. In the last couple of years, some enterprising folks have started importing KTM enduro bikes directly from RSA, which causes a bit of drama you can imagine, and a properly branded KTM shop just opened in the city center selling the 390 Dukes along side their Bajaj counterparts (how embarrassing). There's a Beta dealer here, but he's totally taking the piss... Nobody buys from him cause if you had any issues, you'd be screwed. No Hondas or Yamahas can be bought directly here, and the market for older bikes like our XRRs is really thin. Kenya has a restriction on importing and registering vehicles that are more than 8 years old which makes it now impossible to bring in the stalwart BRPs (and doing it the old-fashioned way with sweet talking and moolah is more difficult all the time). There are guys who import used bikes from overseas, but you have to really know your bikes if you pick one of those up... they'll might not be running right off the bat, and may have a million issues, or they'll be great, it's just a crapshoot.

I'm dying to ride again, but it's not looking good. Busy with things in Nairobi and it's started to rain which means I have a hard time getting people to go out with me. But, one good thing about the rain, it makes the valley really pretty, I mean beautiful, gorgeous, splendid, verdant even, eh @Grunder ?

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Title: Longonot and Mayer's Ranch
Post by: Osadabwa on November 09, 2019, 06:43:40 am
Wry and I have hatched a plan for December to ride into Tanzania and climb Oldonyo Lengai, the silliest mountain in East Africa. It’s a semi-active volcano smack-dab in the middle of the plains south of Lake Natron. The sides of this thing are steep dust and scree, there are no switchbacks, and you just basically have to muscle your way up it in the dark and tumble down it again in the heat. For whatever reason, that appeals to us, so it’s planned. In the meantime, I need saddle time and some cross training, so I grabbed Brain (who will also be coming with us) off down the valley to combine a bit of biking and hiking. Of to Mt. Longonot!

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Above: Morning on the XRs with the fog toupee over the Ngongs and the new tar road in the distance.

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Above: We followed the new railway for quite a while before joining the new tarmac road construction dirt superhighway. It’s all different now. The railroad feels like a DMZ, some long, impenetrable thing slicing through what only 5 years ago was empty bush. Giraffes will be trapped on one side or the other permanently.

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Above: After the dirt superhighway where I reached 145kph just because, we played hunt-and-peck to connect ourselves over to Mai-Maheiu, crossing under high-tension wires and wire fences that also weren’t there 5 years back.

After a quick shot up the tarmac, we arrived at the Longonot gate where we changed into walking gear. The four or five guys in olive drab waved us around to park under the shade, which was nice, but the VIP treatment vanished when I got to pay full fare for entrance… I’d grabbed my son’s passport instead of my own that morning and the guy wouldn’t believe I was resident.

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Above: XRs and wildlife bones… both endangered species

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Above: At Longonot Rim. To put things in perspective, Google Earth shows that this hike was 3km long with an average slope of 14% and some concrete steps in places. We handled it well, but Lengai’s hike will be twice as long with an average slope of 35%, and deep sand and scree in place of concrete when the going gets tough. Still, I can’t wait. The day we have planned will be a 100% full moon and the hike begins at midnight after a 300km ride… HERE (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=160735.msg3311409#msg3311409)is a link to Xpat's experience there back when he was just a wee lass.

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Above: Brain enjoying a cold Coke. I definitely want to come back to Longonot a few more times before the trip.

We trotted back down the hill, passing a church group of Kenyans who looked like they were being broiled alive, donned our riding kit again and headed out for Mayer’s Ranch. We’d been invited for lunch and a tour of the Bateleur Brewery. It’s a place carved out of time, full of colonial history and beautifully maintained. A spring runs through the garden and trees teem with Sykes monkeys and song birds. Lunch was fantastic, and the brewery tour was great and ended with a wee tasting session with the Master Brewer.

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Above: The Mayer’s grounds

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Above: Brain soaks his sweaty feet in the spring

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Above: Bateleur Brewery is probably Kenya’s best (and newest) craft breweries.

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Above: Brain in his fancy hat (don’t want to be spreading little curly ginger hairs all over the place) sampling beer straight out of the cooling tanks with the Master Brewer, a lady who really knows good beer.

After our tour, it was time to hit the road. We rattled over the fairly horrible road out of Mayer’s, past a huge stone quarry where men with chisels hand cut foundation stones from the Earth. From Ewaso Kedong, it was a lovely, late afternoon rip up the road to Saikeri where the Friday Masai Market was in full swing - shukas and sheep shining in the sunlight. Finally, we re-connected with the soon-to-be tar road and it hit me hard. If you put a tar road through it, it ceases to be remote. A tar road means progress and people, cars and more litter. It’s inevitable, but hard to accept.

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Above: Stone quarry… the men who work in that puppy are made of tougher stuff than I

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Above: Fun, flowing tracks after the pounding of the stony, dumptruck-clogged road clogged

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Above: I don’t know when that Lutheran school opened (top), but it seems just a bit out of place… for now.

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Above: A perennial favourite escape track. I was relieved to see the new tar road doesn’t come this way.

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Above: Windmills on the Ngongs (with plans for expansion, and rumoured to soon have a 300 person “eco” hotel as well), high- and low-tension power lines, barbed wire fences and tar roads. So it goes.

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 09, 2019, 12:52:04 pm
It looks as if the first rains have started to fall?
Title: Back up again...
Post by: Osadabwa on November 15, 2019, 06:29:21 pm
Yes the rains are making the valley bloom. It's a nice change from the dust.

This morning I took off for Longonot again solo. Plan was to ride the dirt down and back, but I got moving and decided I'd do the 60km of tar in one quick go and spend more time walking the volcano. Tar isn't my favorite, but there are times I'm into it... the Mai Mahieu road is just stupid... big trucks overtaking up blind corners, ProBoxes careening everywhere. For whatever reason, I kind of got into the madness today and didn't get killed in the process. There's a kind of flow to weaving in and out of chaotic Kenyan traffic. Anyway, arriving at Longonot, I ended up doing a couple of loops of the crater rim... took me 4 hours to do about 18km in all, clocking some 1,380m of elevation gain.

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Above: At the rim, still looking pretty fresh

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Above: But steep trails would eventually wear me out...

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Above: By the second loop around to the top, I was pooped

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Above: But one man's poop is another man's treasure...

The legs were killing me when I got back to the bike (bad news, since Lengai is both taller and steeper, and I'll be doing it after 300km of riding and in the dark) but as soon as I was on it, I was drifting out on the dirt. Got to the tar and immediately decided to go back-tracks home. Rode like a striped ape along the pipeline road's endless line of jumps and blasted up the dirt superhighway they're making for the new tar. I think it was just a case of having brand new tires front and rear... so much grip!

Great day. I'm happy the climbing muscles and the riding ones seem to be separate, so after Lengai we'll be able to get up and crush some TZ bush tracks.

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Title: Another Day on Longonot - With Wry
Post by: Osadabwa on December 01, 2019, 06:33:07 pm
So after trying and failing to get the other BRP riders to commit, it will just be Wry and I heading to Lengai in 10 days’ time! We’re properly eager, but it’s been wet in Kenya, to put it mildly. Nairobi is a mud pit and landslides and floods are happening all over the place. Frankly, however, I don’t give a damn. What’s the point of having those knobby tyres if you’re not going to get them muddy now and then? Anyway, that’s the theory. I refuse to let weather dictate my plans.

That said, this morning as I left at 6AM in the rain down the Uhuru Highway’s maddeningly slow construction nightmare zone, nearly losing the bike in a lake that had formed in my lane, I thought “what the fuck am I doing?” What I was in fact doing is heading back to Longonot with Wry to get some more miles on our hiking legs. Pressed for time, we’d just slide down the road, leapfrogging lorries and dodging oncoming assholes, climb the hill and repeat the return journey, but it was great to be on the bike with somebody who doesn’t worry about getting a little bit wet.

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Above: The rainy season has made the mountain green and lush, but has also excavated some serious trenches in the trail

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Above: Fog hugged the northern side of the mountain all morning, making us feel like we were someplace properly exotic. I’ve now climbed Longonot 4 times since going with Brain the first time and it has made a huge difference for my fitness. I no longer have pain. Bring on the Mountain of God.

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Above: Back down at the gate, Wry couldn’t get his bike started (so much for a macho departure). Turns out, while we were hiking, somebody’s busy fingers had found his never-used kill switch and put it to off… muppet.

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Above: No time to return via the sloppy wetness of the valley dirt roads, we screamed up the twisty tar road to the Milano overlook for a cup of milky tea, some long views of the soon-to-be-destroyed valley floor and a friendly mutt.

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Above: Wry with his Kevin Costner's receding hairline in his Lyndon Poskitt jacket at the Milano Overlook

Ten days to go.

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Title: Last ride and climb before Lengai
Post by: Osadabwa on December 05, 2019, 05:11:20 pm
Nairobi is a swimming pool. Well, more like a cesspool, but you get the idea. It’s been raining continuously for a week or more now and chaos reigns on the roads. I left this morning for one last final ride and climb of Longonot in preparation for Lengai, and it was silly. Mud everywhere on the main road which is under perpetual construction. Busses and cars driving all over the place. Drizzle falling from the sky and sick spray coming off everyone’s tires. Going down the Mai Mahieu road, it was clear something was amiss. Trucks were stacked for miles, trapped by one that had broken down in the climbing lane, turning the country’s main transport route into a single lane. What. A. Joke. But, on my Piggy, I just laughed. I ripped around the crawling trucks and squeezed through when they were totally stuck. Took a bit longer than usual to get there, but the mountain wasn’t going anywhere.

It was gray and misty up there. Even rained on me, but this isn’t a hiking blog. I was head-down trudging around the rim and thought I saw a big ass cat track. Farther up the trail, I confirmed it. Pics are hard to make out, but it was as big as my fist. KWS guys reckoned it was a lion. Kind of crazy to imagine a lion up there prowling and me rocking my tunes oblivious… anyway.

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Above: Lion track in the pumice on Mt. Longonot… tough to see, but it was there alright

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Above: The trail has been severely destroyed by the heavy rains. Though, anywhere else in the world would not put the trail straight up the side of a hill. Kenya, oh Kenya.

Lengai in 5 days. Turns out it’s been raining in Northern Tanzania as well, so we may be in for a wet and muddy ride and a gloomy climb, but we’re going! Also, we have booked into a posh tented camp for three nights, so as long as we get there, I guess we'll survive!

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Title: Re: 2019 - Big Red Pigs in Kenya
Post by: halfjob on December 05, 2019, 06:10:30 pm
ok so i land in mombasa on tuesday night and all going well will be based there for the foreseeable future :deal: i bring in containers full of scrap tractors and would like to also bring in some 'scrap' bikes  :laughing4: will be 'commuting' between mombasa and el doret which looks like awesome riding country? give this dog a pointer as to whether its doable to join you okes for a ride if i leave a bike in Nairobi and fly in for a couple days??? if all goes well as said, i will definitely bring in an XR/R and shitloads of bits :biggrin: however i have yet to experience Kenyan bureaucracy save to say that i will make a plan :deal: