21 April 2015

What do you think about while driving to work ?

Yesterday daughter Nashesha informs me that I have to drive her and her artwork to school, as it won't fit on the bicycle.  So should i drive back home and then ride bike or just drive to work.  I drive to work.  It turns out of be about 30 minutes driving, 20 of it alone.

It struck me how it is kind of non productive.  Stop and go, paying attention to the chaotic jam into town.  How do you put up with this day in and day out?  Listen to podcast? music? plan your day?  The only thing i could come up with was to put this on my blog.

Henri rode past me on his bike commuting to work, never to be seen again.  I find that my thoughts are more constructive bike commuting.

16 April 2015

Drivers, what can we barter with for removing tinted glass windows?

Again I apologise to all drivers that I have ever made wait for me to slowly cross in front of them, or they had to slow to wait to overtake me, or any inconvenience my cycling caused them.

OK is that enough to barter ?

Tinted glass in the front side windows and windshield makes my commute slightly less comfortable.  Granted tinted windshields are illegal even here but they still exist, and the side windows tinting is reaching majority now.  When there is a car with tinted windows waiting to come into the road I have to slow and put my hands over the brakes.  I have no idea if they have seen me.

So what if we remove tinted side windows and I go behind you sometimes?

04 April 2015

Crosses to bear on Good Friday

This cross I find bearable.

The above picture is from Philippe's camera phone.  I have to take the cover off my phone and then still the picture is like this below.  This cross of a lousy phone i find hard to bear.


A few years ago I would measure a good ride was when I saw wild animals.  Today we saw thompson gazelle and as added treat a herd of 50 zebra.  The dust is from zebra.

After a few years I changed the metric to riding far enough until I found non  Kiswahili speakers.  Met some boys claiming they could not speak kiswahili.    

Then last year I started measuring by the quality of interactions with people I met  on the ride.  Talked to some people today.

But today I think I should change it to the WHOA factor.  The whoa factor is when the view, animals, interactions, food break make one say "WHOA".  That was happened over and over until we came to the view in the opening picture above.  Then it was a collective WHOOOOA and a selfie session.

More pics during the "whoa" period.

 I wasn't warned about picture taken and forgot to suck in the stomach.

We rode around Lengijave mtn and down the open grasslands, being pushed by the wind and pulled by the slope.  I was surprised that in a short while we came to the steep escarpment.  It was short because of the wind and the slope.

After stopping at the escarpment we still had some energy so we carried our bikes up a hill on the edge of the escarpment.

Different methods of carrying.

Lots of talk about crosses to bear.

At the top was an old foundation and this view.  Note the boma middle right.  about 280m below.  It was not vertical but steep.

As the day wore on it got hot and there was no shade for stopping under.

Heri of team B+ hunkering down in the wind.  After turning around we had a strong wind all the way back.

Three of us rode around a hill instead of going up and down a hill.  Philippe walked up the hill and rode down and beat us around.  You can make out three riders accross the middle.

I thought these erosion gulley's on the side of the canyon looked beautiful.

and maybe some more random pictures.