There was a young pilot at a restraunt couple of weeks ago. He had walked by himself from Engaruka to Arusha. I told him he should come biking with us.
It is raining everyday.
I went to bed early for a planned 330 rising and leaving at 4am. I woke up about 11pm and felt aching all over and a bad sore throat. I lay in bed being miserable for about an hour and then gargled and took aspirin and then slept.
I didnt feel too bad at 330 so I started to get ready. I move slow and then i had to get Ezra's bike ready. I can't believe it took until 445 before we started off in a heavy drizzle. it was pretty slick to get the the highway.
Our destination was vague but figured with mud that riding towards Mfereji was a good bet.
My 02 Rainshield jacket worked well and I was dry.
Only one vehicle passed us on the hours ride on the highway. that was pretty nice. We could ride side by side and talk.
We reached the Lengijave plains and stopped for a drink and I took this picture. I guess it was still raining at that time. the slog, the boring highway part was over and now we had the short grass plains before us. We swooped down to the edge and then bounced on rough grass down a steep ridge.
It was mostly downhill for the next hour or so. Everything was green but notmuddy. we got on a small foot trail and that led along hte edge of Oldebesi valley. We say some thomson gazelles and zebra and a hawk here and there. mellow ride.
the trail led us into the sand river so we crossed it and came to a boma half way up the other side. Paulo discussed our optins and then recomended riding straight for the old track on the far side of the valley. Ezra surrendered his bike to a masai who wanted to try.
We rode across clumps of grass for awhile and got ot the hard smooth road and went on down the valley.
Paulo suggested we crest a hill and stop at a boma for chai. while swatting flies in the boma Paulo asked for some chai. the man of the boma was castrating sheep that day. They sent a young girl to borrow some sugar from the boma 400 meters away. Paulo talked and eEzrra and i got to know each other better. Turns out one woman in this boma had been to our compound in Arusha, and stayed two weeks waiting treatment.
chai was good and we sat inside a hut.
They showed us a good trail back and we were oon tracks the whole way back.
Turning around it was now slightly uphilll all the way and into the wind and we were more tired. We moved at about 10-15kmph until it became steep and stopped for another breakfast. We lay on the grass drinking chai and sandwiches from home.
Now there was 30 minutes of a steep track up to the lengijave plains.
people changed from masai to waarusha. we met some people who knew Ezra.
up on the plains the speed picked up and by 1230 we were at the highway. Now it was a coast home. I was tired .
78km total time was 8 hours, riding time was 5 1/2 approzximately