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Old 31 Jul 2005
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HI

Sorry for the delay in reply, Ive emailed you Stephans address.
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Er ok i havent emailed you because i cant see your address... Ok heres Stephans email, but dont tell anyone

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PS By the sounds of it the route on your GPS map is the one i took, I rode N from Illoret (this is the name everyone locally knows Fort Banya as- nobody knows F Banya) for about 60 km crossing a big dry river bed and eventually hitting a major dirt road, which was in Ethiop, I turned Left and rode about 50km to Omorate where i spent night in local hotel. Cheap friendly and good food. remember to carry a good load of water with you on this road and petrol is VERY scarce. You must cross a Nat park in Kenya before Illoret, this is not officially allowed on a bike, but when you get there they will let you through. Costs US20. Camping in park is crazy expensive so i camped illegally which was fun. Also rememebr that this area CANNOT be crossed in the rain season, by what ive heard this doesnt means difficult muddy riding it means literally impossible. And finally, remember to call me when you hit CT for a .

One more thing. I dont think the Moyale route is really all that dangerous now, tribal conflict does not usually translate into danger for travellers. That area (and the Turkana area) have always had trouble from time to time, but people cross moyale daily and the vast majority are fine. Turkana is wild and extremely isolated and you will see many gun wielding tribesmen there. Im not saying its dangerous Im just saying its Africa. Turkana on you own is the real deal, it blew my mind... but in a good way.

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Great! Thanks so much for brief but "plentiful" explanation.
I'll be entering Kenya (and Turkana NP) from N and following the GPS track after Omorate. Hope, I find my route or will be catastrophe. Is the river bed suitable for LR110?

The reason that prefer this route is not only the potential risk/danger of Moyale-Marsabit route but to see Turkana NP as well. I plan to visit both Omo Valley and Turkana, then, to use Moyale cross is senseless.

I'll be there around Christmas and it seems that end of December is the driest season in that area.

Be sure that I'll call you for a "cold" when I arrive at CT (around end of March '06), I'll need it.

Thanks again.

Ali


QUOTE]Originally posted by jim:
Er ok i havent emailed you because i cant see your address... Ok heres Stephans email, but dont tell anyone stephanepolo@hotmail.com

Jim

PS By the sounds of it the route on your GPS map is the one i took, I rode N from Illoret (this is the name everyone locally knows Fort Banya as- nobody knows F Banya) for about 60 km crossing a big dry river bed and eventually hitting a major dirt road, which was in Ethiop, I turned Left and rode about 50km to Omorate where i spent night in local hotel. Cheap friendly and good food. remember to carry a good load of water with you on this road and petrol is VERY scarce. You must cross a Nat park in Kenya before Illoret, this is not officially allowed on a bike, but when you get there they will let you through. Costs US20. Camping in park is crazy expensive so i camped illegally which was fun. Also rememebr that this area CANNOT be crossed in the rain season, by what ive heard this doesnt means difficult muddy riding it means literally impossible. And finally, remember to call me when you hit CT for a .

One more thing. I dont think the Moyale route is really all that dangerous now, tribal conflict does not usually translate into danger for travellers. That area (and the Turkana area) have always had trouble from time to time, but people cross moyale daily and the vast majority are fine. Turkana is wild and extremely isolated and you will see many gun wielding tribesmen there. Im not saying its dangerous Im just saying its Africa. Turkana on you own is the real deal, it blew my mind... but in a good way.

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