Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Exploring Ruai


This ride was the first one trying out the camera and I had 'cleverly' mounted it on the handle bars for the shakiest footage ever....forgive a novice.

Hello MTBers,

Ride Brief
D-day: Labour Day 2015
Venue: Ruai
Gang: Ngugi, Kubai and later on Kavutha

Ride: 86.2km, 602m climbing, 5.5 hours

The ride that almost never was due to the weather but having regreted before when the weather changed Ngugi and I decided to go for it. From my place to near Ruai it was pouring and boy were we rained on. It was so cold that breathing was a problem but we soldiered on. The rain was okay but it was the water from trucks wheels on the bypass that was driving me insane.
Confirming if we were in the right compound


It was that freaking bad

Like really terrible

The breakfast wait was totally worthwhile

That was how we rode into Kavutha's compound and their jaws fell to the floor. The breakfast however was out of this world and we stuffed our faces a good one....after a feeble attempt at cleaning up. Chapo, Bread with honey and loads of hot tea....that breakfast was the boost for the Exploring Ruai part of the ride. And explore we explored....



The bridge we initially ignored...see video below

How normal people do it
We all have that one friend
The going did get tough


One Ngugi fell like a log....still hunting for the video.


We crossed a river but opted not to use the bridge even when it was a few metres down the road....happened twice, second time we had no bridge in sight though. With all the water action that day the bikes...or should I say my bike got really squeaky.

                                           This just had to be done!

                                            Really loved this part of the ride.

All in all, a remarkable ride.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Maiden Machakos Ride

The ride with the most footage and that nasty fall.

Hello MTBers,

I am back....sorry for the silence and the inactive blog that is yet to start off. This will change.

D-day: 13th June 2015
Venue: Machakos
Gang: Peter Ngugi, Peter Nguhiu, Ingrid, Myself (Kubai)
Ride: 32.2km, 733m climbing, 5 hours (very slow)

Surprisingly we all kept time....unlike the Naivasha ride. This will be share in detail soon (The Hellish Ride). It was bound to be an epic ride after we drove into someone's compound parked and off loaded the bikes then went to ask for permission. This in the land of juju took guts! 

It was majorly an exploratory ride after all the rides Alex the great has done in the region and hence baptized it "Mountain Biking Heaven". We just had to go explore the area under the leadership of the very blind Ngugi who makes up the map as we go...but hey, it would not be an adventure if everything was cast in stone.

I took this opportunity to test my Polaroid x100i action camera extensively. The footage was sweet and captured the moment I got my 'Higher Diploma' in falling while at high speed. To imagine we only conquered one of the many Masaku Hills, you bet we shall be back.

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Here is the fall however, look out for the nasty laugh at the end of the ride.

Polaroid pics...really great perspective








This terrain was to die for. Machakos rocks!










The Bush Mechanic (Peter Ngugi) really sorted me out after the fall.



Friday, 11 September 2015

Ngong Hills Wind Farm

Hello Fellow MTBers,

Epic day it was today. To the wind farm on Ngong Hills and back. Just under 100km and lots of climbing. The trip from TRM to Dagoretti Corner was pretty uneventful with rain making me want to turn back a few times. But ya'll know what happens when you turn back, someone posts beautiful pics of the ride you failed to attend.

From Dago Corner to Ngong with the Camera Ninja was something else. Narrow roads and the silly Ngong buses made for a terrifying ride. The fatigue from being off the saddle for so long started to check in and life became hard as the wind farm drew closer and closer. Mose as usual with his crazy camera antics kept me going. The view from the top....let the pictures do the talking for me.

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The sun after the morning rain

Approaching Ngong

Getting ready to climb to the wind farm

Camera Ninja!

The climbing....

The mockery from this kids though...

Getting hustled

Save me fool!

Photogenic? Maybe...

The view!



Friendly cycling group



Keep it here for more of this adventures. Now I have every reason to resume active cycling.

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