After taking a bus from my house at Ngong to Nairobi, we stopped for chai and mandazi at my favorite little spot. We then took a van as far as Nanyuki so we could find a GeoCache at Kongoni Camp, a really nice hotel and restaurant on the edge of town. We had a cold soda there and the girls found the hidden object we were looking for. After a nice lunch of nyama choma (roasted goat) back in Nanyuki, we got another vehicle and headed to Isiolo.
|The rain, clouds, and fog obliterated any hope to see Mount Kenya as we headed on to Isiolo.|
|Typical roadside shop along the highway|
|After reaching Isiolo, we dropped off our bags at a cheap hotel and then got some cheap cups of chai!|
|We headed out to the same area where I took a stroll the last time I was in Isiolo.|
|Boys squeezing in a football match before the sun set|
|I was pleasantly surprised to not only see Mount Kenya off in the distance, but to see so much snow on it!|
When we had seemingly randomly met Gideon on the evening of our walk, he invited us to come to his place for chai and chapati the next morning. I found him to be a great guy so we took him up on his offer. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Orena (white shirt), who is from South Africa. Eventually we met the whole family: Gideon's wife, young son (named after Orena), mom (Stella), and nephew (Ginger), plus Gideon's father (not in the photo). If I ever make it back to Isiolo, I'm sure I'll look for Gideon and his family again.
|Nairobi to Isiolo (170 miles), with a stop in Nanyuki|
"One's destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things."
~ Henry Miller (1891-1980), American writer