The muslim call to prayer woke us again in the JeyJey Hotel in Marsabit. I’m so used to it by now that I barely heard one of the three announcements before going back to bed to 7am! Then I was so delighted to open my eyes to grey skies and a stiff breeze – a welcome change to the intense sun. It was so nice to roll out of bed, put on a jacket, and walk into a breakfast of eggs and yogurt – two treats that we don’t often get on tour. Thus began our day of eating, shopping, laundry, internet, and bike maintenance – a typical TDA rest day.
The shopping highlights were oranges, gingersnaps (a welcome break from the crap biscuits that most places sell), more yoghurt (refrigeration is optional in these places), date bars, Cadbury’s chocolate, and ice cream (again, refrigeration is questionable). Besides all this food, I managed a bowl of lentils (dengha) and ciapatti (imagine tortillas with more lard – the staple bread item here). Rest days revolve around food and that is how we remember the cities (even though the food is EXCELLENT on tour, it is nice to have the local variety). After the third restaurant, we finally understood that the menu was exactly the same in each place and they didn’t have most of the items. So, it was better to ask what they had then actually try to order what we wanted!
After filling our bellies, we haggled a taxi back to the convent campground. I repaired a flat (#6 – a slow leak from two days ago) with a new tube that had a hole (so now #7) and cleaned the gearing. Then had another trip to the clinic (back on fourth round of antibiotics for a mysterious bite from four days ago that is now infected and swollen) and then a picnic under the trees. I’ll sleep under the stars tonight without the tent – lovely to see the stars and no tent to take down in the morning! KLR