How to ride 300km


You do it hard! Because there is no other way to do it. But I go ahead of myself or is it putting the cart before the horse.

So yesterday, the usual suspect and I left Nairobi at first light to go to Namanga (for those reading from elsewhere- majority of my readers), that’s the border with Tanzania, 102.5 miles. The plan is to have brunch halfway point- that is at Namanga so we can start our journey back.

Did I mention that most of our roads are not well lit? Now i have. So in this semidarkness, the usual suspect hit a stone, and had a flat. He gets a 10 for preparedness. There was no time to check for the puncture, he quickly replaced the clincher and off we were at a steady pace before we could release the brakes and go full throttle. Which we did for hundred of kilometers until we got to Bisil from where we battled crosswinds and headwinds for 57km! I have ridden in bad weather, in hilly terrain but not in wind that’s unrelenting.

The good news is we got to Namanga in one piece.

The winds were not as bad as the onward trip but I think after having had a good brunch, we must have been heavier on the bike because we didn’t ride as hard. Eventually we decided to do the rest of the 30km to home in a cab as it was also late, and you don’t want to be out on an unlit road on a bike with 9pm curfew quickly approaching.

Since this a boring story. No, I know, I will post photos to make for the lack of a good story and I hope they speak 4K words that I have failed to do. This time there was no video. Still no sports cam, you see ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

32 thoughts on “How to ride 300km

  1. jim- says:

    Amazing, really. Nice work sir.

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  2. judyt54 says:

    I suspect that was a trip you took ‘just because you could’. I love the scenery, and once I realized you MEANT bike as in bicycle and not bike as in motorcycle, I was really impressed…

    what would have happened if you hadn’t made the curfew?

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    • makagutu says:

      what would have happened if you hadnโ€™t made the curfew?

      book a place to sleep and go home in the morning coz I don’t like negotiating with cops.

      Thanks Judy.

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  3. Quixie says:

    That’s quite a distance – I’m impressed!

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  4. How safe is it to bike on the roads there? Earlier today I had to give way to an oncoming car because it refused to respect the right of way of a cyclist on the road.

    Then again, we all die of something, so maybe I should take up biking.

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    • makagutu says:

      Within the city, it is an extreme sport. Once out of the city and busy streets, you can actually just ride apace. Traffic becomes quite thin. We could ride a few km before meeting a car

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  5. basenjibrian says:

    Sirius: All the electronic toys make people even less aware than normal! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Plus, the movement toward touch screens in modern cars means even more distraction. And you always get a few people who are just entitled a$$h&&^%es who are somehow enraged by you delaying them for 20 seconds. Not to politicize everything, but it is usually the militantly maskless.

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    • makagutu says:

      And you always get a few people who are just entitled a$$h&&^%es who are somehow enraged by you delaying them for 20 seconds

      I never understand such assholes.

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  6. basenjibrian says:

    Maka: This is amazing . Kenya appears to be a dry climate like California. Do you have wildfires there? I know Southern France, Portugal, and Spain do.

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  7. Arkenaten says:

    Cycling’s for sissies. Try running it next time.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. basenjibrian says:

    I bet in your rides you do not run into Bladed Bum Battles By The Berkeley Bayfront. Must have been 15 police trucks parked right past the bicycle path

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