May 07, 2010 GMT
The Trans East-African Highway

When we first arrived in Nairobi a few weeks ago, Bodo and Sabine, and Kathy and Jonathan were also here in their trucks, so we had a session of comparing and swapping photographs.
Mainly photos of the Trans East-African Highway, the Moyale to Isiolo 'most-discussed road in all Africa'.
So here's a selection of their photos:

Huila and Eva service their bicycles in the campsite in Addis Ababa before the long trek to the Kenyan border, and THAT road.

Kathy and Jonathan's Volvo truck gets going on the dirt and stones.

The first of very many rest stops.
L-R: Beau, Caroline, Jonathan, Sabine, Kathy, Ken. Bodo behind the camera.

Three motorbikes head off into the distance, the route blocked by a dense cloud of dust behind a speeding bus.

"What do you think of it so far??"



That's better!

Stopping for our second overnight wild camp.

Tiny roadside village the next day.

The first camel traffic-jam.

Kathy tries Caroline's Serow for size at another rest break.

Beau comes steaming around the bend .....

...... hurrying to another rest stop.

And another.

And gets away third behind Bodo on Caroline's bike in first place followed by Ken.

And quickly makes up the distance.

"How many overlanders does it take to change a fuel filter?"
Caroline's needs changing at another rest stop.

Bodo and Jonathan let them get on with it.

Second camel traffic-jam.

Another roadside village.

Taking photos of local tribal peoples isn't really a welcomed activity. But from inside a large truck it can be done discreetly.
Here, three motorbikes have just passed by - another trio of crazy Europeans.

There they go......

Smallholding near the village of Laisamis where .......

....... we spent our fourth night on the road.

Our fifth day. Next stop - Isiolo.

Local police move the tyre-shredder out of the way at another village.
Unfortunately, the different tribes in Northern Kenya don't always get on very well.
It doesn't affect us tourists though. We are always welcomed.

The road narrows and changes its character slightly as we are diverted off of the main track a few miles before reaching the start of the tarmac and the approach to Isiolo.

Colobus monkeys are quite common in Northern Kenya, especially near tents where food is likely to be found.
This one's counting the motorbikes in and out.

Posted by Ken Thomas at May 07, 2010 01:27 PM GMT

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