The day started with a monumental event for the tour.. crossing the equator! We all rode out there togetherand took way too many photos,and then continued on down to the southern latitudes. The ride was beautiful, with rolling hills and expansive views of the incresingly lush landscape. What a world away from the drought-ridden region just a couple hundred kilometers to the north. We also encountered an increasing volume of traffic as we begin to draw closer to Nairobi and towns appear much more often. Most drivers are relatively considerate, but dealing with the notoriously brazen passing of one car by another, heading in our direction, can be a bit hair raising. Still, it was a lovely 105km day on the bike, and I enjoyed sharing it with fellow TDA riders from Ethiopia, South Africa, Trinidad, Norway, and Boston.
We were treated to another amazing campsite, this one at the Mike Savage Camp, run by a British white water kayaker. Set right on a river and with soft green lawns, in stark contrast to the dusty dry sites that had become the norm in past weeks. Just sitting by a small waterfall and wading in to explore the life of the stream with Kendra and Jorg was a pleasure. And I couldn’t help checking out the mini hydro system in place on site. Jorg and I also borrowed some kayaks to paddle upstream a bit,I wanted to run the rapids but some locals had set up a fishing line across using wire floated with empty soda bottles. Later, Kendra lead her daily yoga class, much to the enjoyment of both her regular participants and the camp owner’s dog who joined in with his own Downward Facing Dog!
Tomorrow we head down to Nairobi, where we will be met by my Aunt Judy and Unle Tony – I can’t wait!