Life ganged up on my adventurous bike rides for awhile. Sunday I didn't so much plan it but it turned into a long one with lots of new stuff.
I woke up early enough but was 45 minutes late getting off to meet John and Amanda (white biker chick) at their house in Usa River. I should of known it was going to be a good day as despite being on the busiest highway around it was a gas of a ride. I held off a couple of guys who thought they could hold onto my slip stream.
I left home with thermos of tea (good idea), litre of juice in tetra pack (bad idea), 2 water bottles, a p&b sandwich, apple , and some dates. Was not sure if i would be riding 2 or 4 hours with them.
We rode single track easterly parallelling the main highway through the Usa River water catchment forest. It was great. Then across the momella road and past St Jude Secondary and on trails and roads . Most was flat with a few stream canyons to negotiate and one 1/2 kilometre of completely washed out path.
Then we popped out on the highway at Kikatiti. I figured this side would not be enjoyable but once we passed the high tension wires we were on paths and roads and flying along.
I got hungry and we stopped and drank my tea. The juice packed was punctured and i had juice all over.
These roads were all over, must be remnants of the old sisal plantation roads
.We had lots of fans. Many helpful people and some GPS keeping us in right direction.
Amanda is the most fit woman rider I have ever ridden with. I can't keep up.
We needed to cross the Usa River and somehow found this irrigation weir. I was a bit unnerving .
Instead I stopped and chatted with the Redding family. Bertha Redding was a school teacher trained in colonial times who married a British District officer , and they settled in Arusha. She was headmistress for many years at the famous Arusha School. They had three boys and one lives on the farm with her. John Redding died about 10 years ago. I left at 4pm and was home 545pm. It had turned into a long day, and two stops. I probably rode 100km.