Yesterday we had a short ride (51km) from the Mike Savage Camp to the Blue Post Hotel, on the outskirts of Nairobi, where we gathered to load onto trucks that took us into Nairobi. The TDA staff struggled over how to make a convoy into the city work, but in the end decided it was much too dangerous with all the construction and crazy Nairobi traffic to be worth it. Almost all riders agreed and we were happy to be inside the safety of the trucks rather than fighting the traffic from our bikes.
Once at the Indaba Camp in Karen, we unloaded our gear and relaxed with Tuskers to wait for my aunt and uncle to arrive. As soon as I saw my Uncle Tony pull up I jumped up and ran over to get a huge hug.. it made my heart jump to see familiar faces of beloved family members in the midst of our big adventure! Kendra and I were whisked away to their home, where we were greeted with the traditional afternoon tea. Nothing beats Kenya tea! Then Kendra enjoyed a long bath while I caught up with Judy and Tony. Patrick whipped up an amazing three course meal (pumpkin soup, roast chicken, and a delicious gooey brownie like dessert) and we told stories of our trip over a bottle of wine.
Today after a glorious sleep-in and an eggs and bacon breakfast, Kendra and I went to a local coffee shop take advantage of the free wireless (first time since Addis) and enjoy a cappucino. Kendra wandered into the 24hr Nakomat, comparable to a U.S. Target, and found all sorts of treasures.. including camembert cheese and date rolls she only found in Italy during the holidays. Next on the agenda, the beauty salon, and then we went out to a wonderful lunch at a French restauarant called Ambiance with our co-rider Jorg (Tony picked him up from the camp on his motorcycle) and Barbara, Judy and Tony’s daughter-in-law. What a luxury to enjoy a long lunch, with so many amazing dishes to choose from! Kendra and Jorg returned to the camp to get ready to ride tomorrow, and Judy and I went with Barabara to her house to visit with her two children, Ryan and Camille. How much Ryan has grown and so wonderful to finally meet Camille!
Being here in Nairobi is a perfect interlude to the TDA ride and I feel so lucky to have time with my family and to be absolutley spoiled by them with all the comforts of home. I will miss my fellow TDA riders over the next couple of days and am excited to reunite with them in Arusha. Amazing that this is just about the halfway point for Kendra and the other full tour riders, time is absolutely flying by!!