Blog entry date: 26.02.17
Distance: A difficult 35km
Odometer: 7 062km
Avg speed: 11.8km/hr
Time on bike: 2h59min
Flat tyre counter: 3
Max speed of tour : 66.8km/hr (Day 88)
Longest day: 215km (Day 48)
Camping at Kisima farm. Not an official camp site, but we found it through the “iOverlander” app. There is a farm shop and they are super friendly. They immediately allowed us to camp on the grass next to the shop, at no cost. They also serve chips and good coffee.
This was a roller-coaster day for various reasons.
We started in Meru at 1600m and we camp tonight at 2550m, on the lower slopes of Mt Kenya.
Eva was not feeling too good, but still managed the tough hills. The plan was to go to Nanyuki, but we decided to make it a short day and camp at Kisima.
Upon arrival we were feeling a bit down, but then things started to change. Just as we arrived, a complete stranger walks up to us and orders us each a large plate of chips and cold water. A german who did a few weeks tour in Australia, he immediately understood what we are going through. He left shortly afterwards without introducing himself better, just pure kindness to strangers, awesome!
The farm shop was also a great surprise with many interesting curios for sale, Eva was very happy 👍😁.
We were just about to setup camp when a woman arrives and started talking to us about their visit to a rhino sanctuary. I’m aware that at some point the very last Northern White Rhinos were located to a sanctuary in Kenya.
This is a sub-specie of the southern white rhino and there are literally only a handful (it might only be 2 or 3) of them left in the world due to poaching. The book by Anthony Lawrence (of Thula-Thula in KZN), “The last rhinos’s” tells the story of his attempt to save the last Northern Whites living in the wild at the time, in north-east DRC. A fascinating story. His brave attempt largely failed due to complex reasons that involve the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) active in that area, at the time.
Sadly, now there are none of them left in the wild. In a last desparate attempt to try and save the gene pool the very last Northern Whites were relocated from a zoo in the Czech Republic to a location in Kenya. Reason being they rarely breed in captivity and have a better chance to reproduce in their natural environment. Needless to say, they are under 24/7 guard by heavily armed security.
I was trying to understand if they had the privilege to visit this sanctuary. She shouted to her husband asking the question. To our amazement, there stands Charley Boorman, the famous British presenter, known to us through a video production called “Long way down“. This documents his and Ewan McGregor’s motorbike journey from Scotland to Cape Town. In fact we watched this as part of our own preparation for the tour. A really nice guy who was just chatting to us as if the most normal thing in the world. We really enjoyed this chance meeting.
A day of ups and down, full of surprises, fortunately many of them good ones.
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Willem & Eva
The road today was beautiful with less traffic and few villages. Unfortunately Eva was not feeling too good.
Beautiful canola fields.
Beautiful wheat fields.
Meeting Charley Boorman. A very friendly encounter. They also took some interest in our tour.
Our camp site at Kisima farm.