July 16, 2024

The road with the bad reputation is awesome, so far…

Last night at Laisamis it was unbelievably hot and even more so when we got up this morning. We saw the sun rise for the first time on Crossing Africa at 6h10 this morning, which is rather embarrassing! We might have seen it before, but then we weren’t up yet (like at Bagatelle Lodge in Namibia). We wanted to get on the road before it got any hotter and quickly stopped for water at a small shop at the edge of the village. A couple of colourfully dressed women came over selling bead-works and we bought some bracelets in the Kenyan flag colours. Sadly my wrists are too fat to put mine on. They were very friendly and we regret not taking photos, but there were more than ten spectators in less than a one metre radius. After exiting town through a deserted police barrier the people got less and less until we were completely alone in one of the most beautiful piece of Earth we’ve seen so far.

The road to Marsabit
The road is severely corrugated, but where possible vehicles have created new roads next to the main one for two reasons: Either the corrugations got too harsh or someone got stuck one the main route. This is evident from the deep ruts in dried mud in some places. Wherever possible we took these smaller tracks which remind me of the Makgadigadi Pans.

Winding trough semi-desert
At places they fan out in all directions, but eventually meet up again after a while:

All roads lead to Marsabit
There are not a lot of traffic on this road and at a moving average of 27 km/h we were the fastest (except for one Land Cruiser and one Land Rover racing past at speed), overtaking a few trucks and passing some from the from. There also weren’t a lot of people, but those we saw were dressed in traditional wear and asking for water. The only wildlife was a lone ostrich and a small group of camels:

We got to the Jey Jey Centre in Marsabit before 12h00 where we’ll be staying tonight. We had lunch. Tania had samosa and chips and I had fried meat (which came as stew) and chapatti. Then we read our books (which we bought for the long wait for the ferry at Lake Aswan..) and supper. More samosas and chapatti. Since before we left home all we worried about on this stretch of road was bandits and as we came closer our fears turned to the condition of the road. Being here on the road itself we don’t feel unsafe at all. It was a bit scary seeing some goats-men just outside of town with big (ancient) guns it has to be said, but the waved and we waved back. As for the road, the worst bit is apparently North from here toward Turbi, some 125 km from here. We’ll pack up early again tomorrow and take is slow. Pole pole as they say in Swahili. Riding like this is tiring and it’s necessary to stop every so often to stretch before lamboudia sets in:

The internet connection is pretty weak, so I’ll post this via email again, thus the photos might not come out so good.

6 thoughts on “The road with the bad reputation is awesome, so far…

  1. Ek stem, dit laat my so baie aan die Botswana Kalahari/M’Panne dink.Daai kameel ly aan anorexia of is daar min om te eet vir die diere? Het julle geweet dat bruin kamele is baie duurder as wit kamele…..V1xx

  2. Hi julle! Die paaie in Noord-Kenya lyk amazing. Cool dat julle bietjie local wildlife (of not-so-wild-life) raakloop. Ons het vanmiddag bietjie saam met julle brakkies gaan stap en ek’t ook vanoggend Kaapstad toe gery met die Mini. Sy battery was pap, maar is nou weer gecharge. Dankie Tania 🙂 Lekker (pole pole) ry more…!

  3. Hi Julle Twee! As ek die fotos so kyk, sal ‘n groot KTM darm seker lekker ry op daardie paaie..!
    Ek het vandag ge Pole Pole by die huis – het seker vir amper 18 ure geslaap, en gaan nou weer inkruip..
    Julle moet lekker ry more

  4. Hi Julle
    Cool lyk goed en baie mooi.
    Groete van die Nan Fei’s nou dat ma ook hier is

  5. Hallo Motomiane…ek moet julle etiketeer as goeie abassadeurs vir RSA rerig en met julle adventure tot nou ..wel gedaan..dit wil gedoen wees..volg julle elke dag en ek geniet die trip net soveel as julle…ok laat ons nie tegnies raak nie!!!…Tania met jou Pa en Ma gaan dit goed hier in Sjina en jou Pa smile weer..wens jou Ma kon vir altyd hier bly!Afrika het baie tyd vir die wat tyd maak vir hom en sy mense…ek kom agter julle doen dit..mooi so!Geniet elke oomblik en muni terughou nie!
    Koos uit Sjina

  6. Welgedaan jul doen uitstekend. Sterkte met die los vulkaniese rots noord van Marsibit. Dit is jul laaste groot “challenge” tot Moyale. Wees ook wakker vir die aankomende vragmotors wat baie deffinitief die pad eerste aan hulself toe eien.

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