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Old 12-11-2012, 08:00 AM   #5
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The road simply disappears because of a washout earlier in the season. We decide to transect from the dead end to the base of Oldoinyo Lengai, the volcano we intended to summit that night. I recalled that the road runs along its base. This dry stream crossing was too deep and the exit line sucked, as did my riding skills!. My bike decided to dig in and take a rest...

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We dig it out and I try again. This is a few seconds before eating it. Couldn't keep it straight at the speed necessary to burst out at the necessary angle. The wind-packed silt and volcanic ash is annoying because it is as soft as sifted flour but hides rocks underneath. Also, it forms a hard crust on the surface that is enough to deflect the front tire. I decide to find another crossing.

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We punch through and the rest of the transect is absolutely epic. Zebras! Awesome views!

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