04 September 2017

Northern Arusha City Bikers weekend trip #1 : Around Mnt Meru

Two different ecological zones on the weekend trip.

I have long belonged to Arusha Cycling Club.  Northern Arusha Bikers is an informal subset that live on the "other side" of town than most members.  Sune organised a ride around Mnt Meru for the weekend.  This is the group that showed up.

Sammy prepares by checking  his bike out.
 Sune getting supplies ready.  you get an idea of what happens at camp.

First section was on old Moshi road.  Then we hit the construction for the new bypass road just before Usa river.

Up to the Arusha National Park gate and then we followed a gps track supplied by John from the Usa River riders.

 Great track in an out of forests and occasionally a farm.

 First food stop mid morning near Kingori.  Basically we have been riding around Ngurdoto crater.

Then we reach the Momella lakes

now rolling hills for an hour into Ngarenyuki.

Waiting for the last riders in the shade.

Sune was smitten.

We reach Mkuru camp before 5pm.  

Showers and a drink or two

 Reading some while ......
 ....waiting for the roast goat.

Sun downer with Max

Second day some rode directly back the 5 hours and some took a detour to below Mkuru peak.  A steep rocky jeep trail turned into a steep rocky cattle track.  i found it easier to carry

 On top was a plateau.  Reminds me of pictures of Mongolia

It was very windy.
Down the other side on small tracks.  The punctures begin.  We stopped about ten times during the rest of the trip.

Off the tracks and onto big roads and punctures continue.  Home about 5 pm.  Was a bit dehydrated.

Great trip.!

10 July 2017

Various rides

Great ride out west of Wes's place with Wes and Thomas.
 Alone up into clouds on Monduli
 What kind of bird of prey is this?

Short trips while on holiday with family

Went to mto wa Mbu for the weekend a month ago with bro and wife.

Went across the highway this time and tried a good gravel  road.
road through farms, and then the road stopped and a trail led through bananas plantation.  A very extensive one.  don and nashesha turned around to meet the mom's for breakfast.  I had gotten up earlier and had breakfast

 I met a guy and he said he didnt recommend continuing as it was rocky.  I carried the bike a fair amount. going up on rocky hill and got this view of a swamp.
 This was when the trail was good.
 I came through that forest

And eventually came to a road on the other side.

 It came out onto the plains going towards Engaruka.  I took cattle and foot paths and motored into the morning sun on fast tracks.
 Got back into a forest and saw some impala.
Road for another hour after getting on the gravel road.  Went back all the way on the main gravel road just in time for lunch.