Watching the final days of Team Oracle v’s Team NZ or biking the Heaphy Track? It was a big call for keen yachtsmen; but they tore themselves away and bravely entered the technology free remote parts of Kahurangi National Park to bike the Heaphy Track. Even if the weather gods in San Fransisco couldn’t help the Kiwi boat they were looking down on us as we biked up to Perry Saddle on Tuesday morning and kept the pending rain at bay.
We've just had a fantastic last trip of the 2013 season in Kenya and Tanzania with a great group of bikers and new mates!! I can't enthuse enough how much we enjoyed experiencing so much over the last couple of weeks with Jan, Bill, Mark, Sue, Jamie, Bill, Nic & Ed. Gem and I are going to miss East Africa over the next nine months; roll on 2014!! We want to thank all the bikers who we had such good fun riding through the savannah, scrubland, animals and tracks the last three months; also Joseph for everything he does to make these cycle trips work like magic; and especially Mandy and John - you guys rock for setting up such an incredible unique bike tour, been an awesome experience we'll never forget!!! Cheers for all your support and work to make this happen (-:
Honey and Rosemary basted BBQ goat with arrowroot mash for dinner last night after an awesome day visiting Mkuzi School in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania. Our bikers are out chilling for the afternoon after their efforts dancing with the local kids! Joseph our driver/lawyer/mechanic/chef on top form!!
We'll try and send some pics from Arusha City.
Sunrise lighting the acacia and clearing the landscape around Mt Kilimanjaro this morning. In the 10 minutes after leaving camp we've met the calmest big old bull elephant contemplating his food, and turned around to see an early rising giraffe wondering what we're up to... you think he'd never seen muzungu bikers before!! That just the short drive from camp into Amboseli National Park.
500 odd meandering km through the red carpet of baobab and acacia trees from Dar es Salaam back to Nairobi again, to the now familiar luxury of the Wildebeest Eco Lodge - but it's a bit quiet and less laughter around the camp now our bikers Andrew, Paul, Odi, Jill, Stefan and Babu have left to travel on home.
Our first eleven bikers crossed the Kigimboni Ferry on Dar es Salaam Harbour on Saturday afternoon. We pedalled down the coast, through Kipepeo Village and down to the white sanded beach plunging into the palm-fringed Indian Ocean. After two weeks of biking tracks, bush and mountains, were stoked to arrive at the Haven of Peace - Dar es Salaam.... tired but very, very happy! Watch this space for photos.
Our first group of excited bikers have arrived safely in Nairobi! We kicked off with a lovely first dinner altogether last night, and this morning the wet season ended as if on cue for the start of the trip. We are all looking forward to getting on our bikes and heading out into Africa.
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