(Day 19) Arusha to Nairobi – 18 April 2011
Distance for the day – 295 km Odometer – 7 109 km
Hours on the Bike – 04:34
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R 77 327.00
We left Arusha at first light, but first stopped at the famous Clock Tower in town that is the halfway mark between Cairo and Cape Town.
It was a cool morning and it looked like rain. The surrounding mountains around Arusha were all embedded in low cloud, which was a pitty. It did not give us too many photo opportunities and Richard was driven with a force to get to Nairobi. He had enough of his “see-saw” back shock and had all his hopes on an old school friend Gareth Jones, who happens to live in Nairobi and has offered help.
The landscape was uneven with more open grassland than what we have experienced until now. We passed close to Mount Meru, which is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres west of Mount Kilimanjaro. At a height of 4,566 metres (14,980 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the tenth highest mountain in Africa. Mt Kilimanjaro we unfortunately could not see, because of clouds.
The road was good, except for stretches where there were roadworks. The detours on dirt could sometimes be a few kilometres long.
Traffic on the roads was faster than in Tanzania and the Kenyans definitely drive different to the Tanzanians – you need to be wide awake. This really became evident when we entered Nairobi. It is absolute chaos, with huge traffic congestions, all rules broken and it seems that everybody is going to the same destination. However there is very little shouting and hooting heard and drivers seem to be very tolerant.
We booked in at Jungle Junction, which is Backpackers Accommodation. It is also the place to service our bikes and do necessary repairs for the road up ahead.
Soon after we stopped, we zipped out Richard’s shock and made plans to get it fixed.
Tomorrow it is a rest day and bike maintenance is at the top of the priority list.