Going Nowhere In Nairobi
It's still raining here, so I'm still biding my time.
And have found that it's quite a lot of work trying to organise and back-up all my photos, in addition to the ones that Caroline left with me and others received from fellow overlanders.
So here's a few of those, just to make use of them.
And some recent photos of the English weather here at Jungle Junction.
Now the flood has receded from the driveway, I can almost reach my bike.
No tents in the camping areas now.
Funnily enough, the only unflooded area in the whole compound is where customers' bikes are kept, awaiting work in the garage.
(And the area around the office annex behind).
A wet scene on the busy driveway.
And a lone rider heads out onto the Nairobi roads.
And some photos from previous journey highlights in Egypt.
At the summit of Mount Sinai. Caroline particularly wrapped up against the cold.
A Sinai coastal road.
Entrance to Ras Mohammad National Park on the southern tip of Sinai.
Setting up the kitchen at our Ras Mohammad campsite.
Another sunset, at 'Hidden Bay' on the southern tip of the park.
Strange mist effect on the way to Suez.
Pretty big ship on the canal passes pretty small bikes in the security zone (just before police moved us on).
Caroline and Beau and bikes at the Saqqara pyramids south of Giza.
Caroline and Beau and bikes at the Dashur pyramid south of Saqqara.
A break in the White Desert, part of The Western Desert.
Back here in Nairobi the rain has changed somewhat, from overwhelming short and sudden deluges (overwhelming for the camping and parking areas, that is) to the steady day-long rain that makes it feel like I'm back home.
The newspapers are carrying stories of serious flooding in various parts of the country with many fatalities. But also, an excellent tea harvest is expected.
So it looks as though the rainy season is bringing sufficient this year.
Travellers arriving here from the north have brought stories of trials and tribulations on the Moyale to Isiolo road, parts of which have been washed away, and other parts turned into big mud holes.
Motorbikes, fairly ordinary and heavy ones, still continue to arrive here though, with not too much drama.
Most of the travellers' trucks that stop here are fitted with heavy winches, and the drivers tell stories of the number of Kenyan goods lorries they've winched out of mud holes.
And of a few enterprising villagers. Who, finding a section of the road completely washed away, gatherered and transported huge quantities of branches and stones to make a long by-pass road, charging twenty dollars per car to use it, maybe twice or three times as much for goods vehicles.
Electricity and water go on and off irregularly as you'd expect and African life goes on.
So I must get ready to continue soon, particularly as almost everyone who was here when I arrived has departed. (Although not to western Uganda).
Today has been dry so far, but lots of power cuts, so maybe lots of rain not far away.
A young family in a Land Rover arrived a few days ago, also plannning to go round the west side of Lake Victoria. They are biding their time here too. It seems certain that whatever rain there is here, there's a lot more there.
....... a few days later....... the rain seems to be easing off the last couple of days. Lots of sunshine followed by rain in the evening and night. This morning looked as though my departure west may only be a day or so away - plenty of African sunshine and blue skies. But now, the power's off, the rain's started. So we'll see.
More news when internet availability coincides with something to report.
PS. It's not only necessary for the power and internet to be on to send emails and updates.
I've discovered that it's necessary for no one to be watching films online either, otherwise it would be quicker to write the email on a piece of paper, stuff it in a tin can and wait for it to squeeze down the piece of string to reach the pea can at the other end.
I'm sure, if I look hard enough around here, I'll see a cyber cafe called "Fiddler's Elbow Internet."
If not, maybe I'll open one.
Posted by Ken Thomas at May 15, 2010 07:04 PM GMT