Day 11 - Northbound to Ethiopia
Trip Start Aug 07, 2007
68Trip End Nov 07, 2007
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Beard: Victoria Beckham
Distance Travelled: 1505km
Frame of Mind: Indiana Jonesish
Day 10 - Sijaondoka Nairobi
Didn't quite make it out of NBO. Instead I ate pizza, botched a repair to my suspension and washed some clothes (I know!).
Day 11 - Did make it! No real idea where I was aiming to get to. My itinerary claimed Thika to do a bit of walking, but I arrived there by 8am so decided to continue. The next on the list was Chogoria, to go up Mt Kenya (or rather a bit of it)
The roads were amazingly good and the scenery in the Central Highland region stunning - great, green and a word beginning with 'g' that means hilly. Arrived Isiolo about 3 after a mammoth lunch (it was cow actually) where I got my 'nusu' and 'robo' confused and ordered enough food to feed a family of four. I ate it of course.
Kenya is growing on me, even though I do still want to get out quick smart. The best thing so far is 'kinyeji', which I am positive is colonial. It is a mound of mashed potato with sweetcorn [corn] and sukuma greens in it. It's brilliant.
Coming down from the highlands to the north of Kenya yielded some stunning views, a hint of what is to come: much less lush, tumulus strewn desert/savannah. But, as always in Africa, BIG. Isiolo has a very interesting feel. Much more Arabian than elsewhere in Kenya (even the East coast where I always felt they were a bit more 'modern' arabic) and with a very frontier feel to it. Every second person is chewing miraa (aka qat/quat/khat - stimulant twigs that it is traditional and very good luck to spit all over your interlocutor during conversation) Was feeling a bit dodgy [sick] so just had the two beers and went to bed. The road ends here. The adventure starts....