Northern Kenyan Roads!!
Trip Start May 31, 2006
68Trip End Oct 14, 2006
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The 6th was a long day's drive up to Isiolo which is pretty much directly north of Nairobi and that town is pretty much the end of paved road...at one point just outside the town we went round tar layers...but they aren't going hugely far in that direction as they don't really care about good roads connecting them to Ethiopia! We camped at a really nice place called forest lodge just outside Isiolo, and there they had a bar with an open fire, so we used theirs rather than setting up our own. Peter (our driver) had ordered himself some goat which Tracey and I tucked into with him as we were sat chatting to him (it was our day off dinner duty) and the others were panicing as dinner was still frozen - i quietly suggested baked potatoes on the fire and calmness resumed as this got organised and i sat enjoying my sprite, until Peter decided that i should drink some alcohol so arranged a round so that i would have to have 4...so Peter, Greg, Ronnie and I started our round and with Tracey passed a very pleasant evening...and i left the evening with a promise from Peter of a Cup of Tea in the morning to help me wake up in 5 hours time (as we had to be on the road at 7am incase anything happens you want to be ahead of other trucks)
In the morning we set off on our way to Moyale...a day's drive away. We had an armed policeman in the back with us and one in the cab with Peter and Ronnie, plus a family of Ethiopians that we had agreed to give a lift to. Two women and 3 children. Late morning we had a tyre blow, in the middle of nowhere and as it had almost also lost it's tread we had to stop there and change it so with Tribes people watching us, they changed the tyre and we had makeshift honey/peanut butter sani's for brekkie. Then with all our spares used we continued on ...can you guess where this is going yet? A little while later yes we had another tyre go, but that was fine as you have two on the back of each...but then we had another go....this was bad news...that left us with 3 working tyres ...and we're no robin reliant...we need 4 tyres...so peter went ahead to see if he could get to moyale and sort something out (as luckily a car came along shortly after this blow out) and Ronnie was left to limp us on the rims to the next nearest area of habitation about 10kms away
The next morning we packed all up and with our two makeshift tyres we headed the 70ks to the border post...part way along we blew a front tyre...so with a reshuffle, we were back to 4 so we kept going...then with about 20ks left to go...we blew one more...so rims were back in action and we just kept going till the border. When we got there they had no tyres that fit our truck so we actually drove through into Ethiopia on 3 tyres and a rim! Amazingly they let us in (i don't think i would have...we looked a sorry sight), and we rimmed it up the now tarred roads (as Ethiopia do want to do business with Kenya) to our campsite at Moyale...to work out what we do next...!