02 Apr Masai Steppe
Kenya was the first taste of the real Africa, the Africa that we see in the movies and read about in romantic books. It was wild and beautiful. Entering Tanzania was like entering Jurassic Park, extremely wild and absolutely beautiful beyond words.
As we entered Arusha it felt like I was coming home. It was strange that the sense of belonging was so strong and I felt so at home. I will never forget the warmth and the hospitality of this amazing town.
I was excited going into the following 7-day stretch because it was all gravel.
The 7 days stretched through game reserve after game reserve. Animal sightings were regular and even the odd snake or two made the journey really amazing. I was feeling strong, healthy and really positive after Kenya. Everything went really smooth…that of course now in terms of riding a bicycle through Africa.
The cycling was hard and tough with 920km covered in the 7 days, but my soul was alive! So nothing else mattered. It was also a great mental boost as we crossed the halfway mark. It now felt as if we are going downhill…
It was great having the momentum back and keeping it.
It was a short and very quick stretch through Tanzania. I will return to Tanzania without a doubt.
This was probably some of the best cycling I have ever done.
What I have learnt in the Masai Steppe section:
- Keep the momentum
- Excel in what you are good at
- Be solution driven