Yesterday’s events sparked a range of mixed emotions for ourselves and for all the riders and staff, but early on this much was clear – we would continue the ride as planned. We had signed up to ride Africa and we had many more killometers ahead of us. Even if Kendra has to stay off the bike for a few weeks, she is excited to stick with the tour, taking time to see it all from a different perspective. And I was finally recovered from a stomach bug that had laid me out for a few days, so I was rearing to reunite with my trusty metal steed and hit the road again. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous, but I was energized by the desire to not let a bad encounter keep us from riding as we had before, seeing all the amazing landscapes laid out before us and saying «Jambo» and waving to all the wonderful people wesee along the way.
The first 20 km of the day were tough, a long climb on rough tarmac with a headwimd. «Brutal»was thhe word I heard most from fellow riders at the morning Coke stop. Heading back out, the climbing continued butit was accompanied by smooth roads and amazing views of the plains below and the wheat fiels on either side. we were starting to make our way around Mt Kenya, and we were rewarded with magnificent views of its jagged peak. After lunch the ride was a dream.. almost all downhill and smooth, with equally stunning views, we were at our fimish line at the Sportsman Arms Hotel in Nanyuki in no time!
The afternoon at the hotel was like paradise for us, and for several hours I really felt like I was on a proper holiday! I spent much of the time lounging by the pool, swimming, ordering chocolate milkshakes and a cheeseburger (I need to replace some pounds I lost while sick), drinking Tusker and just relaxing. Kendra had the brilliant idea of a massage so I followed her great example. Wonderful! We finished the day with hot (!) showers and falling asleep in a real bed, we felt spoiled!