Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tour D'Afrique 2010

I met with Michael Coo, the Tour d'Afrique office re presenter from Ontario Canada in the evening of march 14th at Maasai camp. He introduced to me our driver Eddy a.k.a trust the guide. In the next morning we left Arusha driving towards west of town for our new route scouting, before the sun sink to the west we set up our bush camp on the hills of Mbulu highlands. Next day we drove to Singida town, visit market, hotel which could be used and so on. We continue with our driving few stop for marking point on GPS for place such Cake stops, Chai stops, bush camp and much more. In the evening we set up our bush camp on the calm and tranquilly miombo woodlands of Rugwa game reserve. Made our dinner followed by cup of coffee then each hide in the tents listen for monotonous calling before interrupted by rain. We left our lovely bush camp in the morning driving to Mbeya stopped on the way for lunch of Maandazi (sort of donate or fat cake as people of southern Africa called them). The day highlight was driving through highest point of tare roads in Tanzania interns of elevation. In this Mbeya Range the road went up to 25000m.a.s.l, I'm worry next year TDA riders will fly on the descend to Mbeya town.

We left Mbeya and drove to Iringa where Eddy our fun friend ever dropped us, from Iringa we board bus which my colleague Mike called "Chicken Bus" to Dodoma town. Here we met the historical continental tour, TDA riders and Staffs.

I spent six days with tour frankly to say dream come true, I anticipated to work with this amazing company on their wonderful cross Africa bicycle race and expedition. I cycled and help with different task as well all these enrich and enlighten me with different operation tasks.

Thanks to all TDA staffs for their generosity and unmeasurable kindness towards me during my short train with the tour. Tanzania Cycling Tour Packages

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kenya

We arrived here, in northern Kenya, The caravan had to left me here as they continue to with their round trip. I was wonder how should I thank them to make sure they appreciate my feeling but they where before me as they said “never mind, you are welcome any time”. I hitch hike from Turukana’s people land after heard the rumours that these ferocious nilots people who massacre lot of people in the recently post election clashes may confuse me with what called "GEMA community". GEMA community is he community which include Ge-Kuyu, Kamba, etcetera who are Bantu from central Kenya, seemed to be among of the well developed people therefore sized lot of opportunity within the country hence tribalism. The country political have characterized with such ethnics aspect hence recent post election clashes which took about 200 hundred people’s life and left others become internal refugees.

I arrived at Malaba town where I stamp my passport. I took bus to Nairobi after deep experienced chest/heart pain whenever I tried to cycle for more than 40kms.
In the busy city of Nairobi I stayed at Nairobi Polytechnics University where I stay with friend I met on the bus. A friend and others who I met there were very helpful for my stay in Nairobi. Visited different places of this city strengthened with tourist industry and growing number of manufacture and service which made the it as commercial centre of East Africa. There is slightly different with other Africa cities I have been, much of the different may be owe it origin from colonial era and the country good contact with western contrary to the neighbour Tanzania whose become fond to socialist during the post independent time. In the general view all east Africa countries nevertheless escape the fact that they share much in common rather than differences. ordinary folks, with their slight different of culture, tradition and customs bond together by natural environment and evolutions.

I’ll cycle back to Arusha about 300kms after met the doctor who said the pain may be caused by cold.

Bicycle tours are an excellent and intimate way for the intrepid traveller to truly discover a nation and its people: freed from the physical and cultural constraints of motorized transport, one is able to experience the reality of a place.These were very last though as I cycle back to civilized life.