THE BIG BIKE RIDE – A 1,200KM CYCLING CHALLENGE THROUGH THE RIFT VALLEY FROM NAKURU, KENYA TO DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
The team of five cyclists, including African Adventures Director, Dan Mew, set off on Sunday 6th August on their 11-day journey across Kenya and Tanzania.
The team had to cope with challenging terrain, poor road conditions and unpredictable weather at the tail-end of Kenya’s rainy season. However, this was not going to deter them, everyone kept in good spirits and the whole team successfully reached Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania as planned on Wednesday 16th August.
The route took the team through the southern tip of the famous Rift Valley and towards the bustling capital, Nairobi, where they headed south towards Namanga, on the border with neighbouring Tanzania.
The team reached calmer terrain in Arusha on day five before embarking on the gravelly foothills of the world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi. This was followed by a hilly climb to Same and then an onward journey towards the shores of the Indian Ocean, pedalling through Mombo and then onto Mgata, a physically demanding and windy stretch of the ride.
The final leg saw the team pedalling south through the rural Pwani Regional towards the finishing line, in Tanzania’s most populous city, Dar Es Salaam, where they arrived on day eleven to celebrate.
Thank you for your generous support with making this dream a reality. With your contribution towards the cost of the school’s build, you are helping to change the future for generations of Kenyans living in the Rift Valley.
The new Walk Centre primary school was officially opened. Chichester College, who have been so instrumental in raising funds for the build, were in attendance.
Considering yesterday’s tough climb out of the Rift Valley, the gentle tail wind meant we reached average speeds of around 24mph, which is pretty good for amateurs on hybrid bikes.
Despite probably needing a good sleep more than at any point in the ride so far, we only managed a few hours and got up at 5:30am, ready to get on the road at 6.30am.
The new school is the biggest building project that African Adventures and African Adventures Foundation have ever taken on and we have teamed up with Chichester College to raise the necessary building costs. The new school will have 10 classrooms, an office, a toilet block and a school hall, and will provide a quality education to thousands of underprivileged young Kenyans over the coming years.
Thank you for helping us to bring this amazing project to fruition and change lives for thousands of Kenyans over the coming years. The cyclists funded their own costs and, thanks to generous support from African Adventures and our other sponsors, EVERY PENNY donated on this page has gone towards the construction.