Agree with Richlees,
I was there in about March or so, couldn't find a convoy or anyone who could tell me about it, so I left on my own to Marsabit in the morning. I saw about 2 trucks along the entire journey down to Marsabit and no traffic between Marsabit and Isiolo. I stayed the night in Moyale just below the Prison Canteen. This canteen is a worthwhile visit for a few
s and some pool games, while meeting lots of locals who can tell you what is really going on. The Prison canteen used to be the actual prison canteen but is now just a drinking spot. I sat at a table with khat-chewing Somali truck drivers who told me all the ins and outs of traveling this route. In summary, the Oromo Liberation Front and their symphathisers do launch attacks ocassionally and sometimes it is just robbery. There is an alternative route via Wajir, closer to the Somali border which is supposedly less corrugated and more sandy, thus probably ideal for cars, maybe less so for motorbikes. I didn't travel this route but found the standard Moyale - Marsabit route quite scenic and straighforward. My luggage rack on the bike obviosuly disagrees with me as it had no welds left by the time I arrived in Archer's Post for that firts cold
. Luggage rack was off and strapped to the seat with rope and wire, chaffing against the tyre. I saw quite a lot of wild animals near Moyale as well (Hyenas, wart hogs, giraffes etc)
Wish I was there still ..
PS. Solid advice from RichLees not to listen to any "local guides"in Moyale and for that matter most other border towns (think Ghana/Togo border). I generally found them more a nuisance than a help and also found their advice generally useless and unnecessarily confusing.