(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.

Arusha - Halfway between Cape Town and Cairo.

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.

Beautiful scenery outside Arusha.

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.

Mount Meru

The road was good, except for stretches where there were roadworks. The detours on dirt could sometimes be a few kilometres long.

Misty morning

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.

Jungle Junction Workshop.

Soon after we stopped, we zipped out Richard’s shock and made plans to get it fixed.

Rufus and Richard at work to remove a back shock.

Tomorrow it is a rest day and bike maintenance is at the top of the priority list.


5 responses

  1. Nice going guys, wish I was there. Was born in Arusha, I do not approve the use of the clock tower as a advertising board but times times are changing I suppose.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:41

  2. Is bly julle kry darem kans om so bietjie of is dit baie herstelwerk op die fietse te doen. Vat sommer weer ekstra draad en n tang saam vir die tog verder. Rufus jy moet sommer so pak dat plek is vir n welder en moenie die ekstra skroewe en locktight vergeet nie.

    Nee wat ek grap sommer julle doen uitstekend. Wees nou net op die uitkyk vir die ewenaar dat julle nie in hom vasry nie.

    Sterkte en groete vir die manne en veilg ry.

    Arthur,Erna en Melissa

    April 20, 2011 at 08:15

  3. Rufus, Richard, Norman and Stelios,
    Well done again. I just knew that nothing will stop any of you to reach your final destination. With the bikes attended to and the spirits strong, tomorrow you will cross the equator into the northern hemisphere. Be careful but enjoy it.

    Watched your departure on TV yesterday. Since then a lot has happened so that your progress to date is a wonderful and unforgettable story!


    Oom Jan

    April 20, 2011 at 07:51

  4. montyme

    Africa is definitely the mosr beautiful, spectacular and diverse continent – I feel I am qualified to make this statement as I have been to many! Thank you to ‘The Awesome Foursome’ for sharing their experience with us.

    April 20, 2011 at 01:11

  5. Thinking of you Rich…well done so far – you guys are doing an AWESOME job – really inspirational stuff 🙂 x C-A in PA

    April 19, 2011 at 22:53

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