The Ever-Present Heat
Today provided us with more bumps, corregations and sand than yesterday minus the views as the riders traveled along the highway with glimpses of the mountains in the distance and the bush in our immediate area. The heat was ever-present throughout the day and most riders headed off in the early hours of the morning to make camp before it became too hot. Like yesterday they continued to push their bikes over the never- ending corregations (they run from one side of the road to the other), over rocks and through the sand patches. The racers even decided that they were going to have an easier day than previous and managed their first coke stop of the tour (believe it or not!). Eric Secher, our surgeon from Sweden, won his first stage today; something he has been threatening to do for some time now. Our bush camp is a grassy patch near the foothills of a large mountain complete with thorn trees (the bane of the existence of our tyres and thermarests), sticky grass that attahces itself to everything and loads of bugs but as far as bush camps go…it is a great one with lots of space and shade for tents. Riders have spent the afternoon lying in the shade, trying to keep cool, reading, resting and drinking water. Tomorrow, we head towards the town of Isiolo where a pool awaits as well as a toga party!