Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nairobi, Kenya, Day 9 - Stop the donuts!!


Tiffany's race number on her really sweet koga-miyata bike.

Tan lines galore, eh...

Now that's my kind of "water" bottle...
I still have a bit of research to do but did zip/nodda thing this morning. Got off the TV couch at noon. That was life drainingly difficult. Managed to tap into the WWW. No reply from Aaron, the dude I met in Kampala. He's got critical data for the stretch into Ethiopia. Do have to take the plunge myself? Do I really need to put myself into danger again and again... Damn it's like I'm on a giant adventure or something. Ok, Ethiopia here I come. Ready or not.

Later on, "the gang" and I went downtown for chocolate covered donuts (i.e. me and thomas were the only ones cramming donuts) and cafe lattes at a "fancy" cafe. Newest gang member today was Tiffany from the States, a cool cyclist/burnt out lawyer from S. Carolina but working in London.

What's a nice girl like Tiffany doing in a place like Nairobi? Well, the Tour D'afrique (not to be confused with the Cirque du Soleil) just rolled into Camp. She's gonna be a participant! The famous Tour is a bike race from Cairo to Capetown. It's legendary. It also costs something like $12,000 USD to enter the race. Yikes...that's some serious money. Thomas reckons it would pay for a four year bike ride, non-stop.

Well, the Camp grounds are now packed with cyclists' tents now. There must be at least 25 bikers. That's a whole lotta tan lines...

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11 comments:

qtlibrarian said...

15,657.7319 CDN to be specific.

And yes, I will do it someday

Steve H. said...

Wonder what your average African thinks? I mean, what goes through the minds of slum residents when they see Whitey with enough time and money to waste paying 12 grand to ride a bicycle down the continent for fun?

bubba said...

qt, i think you should bike it yourself then take the leftover money and invest it in some real estate as a down payment. then take the rental money you'd make as a slum lord and finance further travels.

steve h., i probably got the same reaction from them (the slum dwellers) and i spent only a mere fraction of what the cyclists paid for their race. anyone whose crazy enough to fly to Africa must be loaded.

Steve H. said...

I like the slum lord idea. I'd definitely be all over that, except for the bicycling part.

bubba said...

steve h., the more i think about the slum lord idea, the more i like it. the bicycling part would be a compulsory, evil requirement though...

Steve H. said...

We might be able to find some bucks to help start up the biz. I'll talk to Jim about axing the CBC and see how much money that would free up. Maybe we could help Mansbridge finish high school while we're at it.

bubba said...

Better yet, Steve. H., we should take the money from the former Chucky Cadman insurance premium fund...

Steve H. said...

Nah, we already spent that money contributing to the Dion leadership campaign. Talk about value for our money!

bubba said...

steve h., you guys are really good at political interference. you'd think Dion was an american white woman running for president.

Steve H. said...

Pretty good huh? I love it when a plan comes together.

bubba said...

We'll see about that. My advice? Stay away from hi-class ho's.