In May, two of us took a ride from Dar es Salaam to Saadani National Park, north of Bagamoyo on Tanzanias East coast. We had a blast riding through the thorns and exploring the pineapple plantations (Day Trippin' Report here). So when Seb asked if anyone wanted to accompany him to his new digs in Tanga up the coast, we jumped at the excuse to explore further. Below, I'll post the juicy details, some dusty photos, and a DIY helmet-view video of the tracks in the thorn trees. The ride was great, but almost didnt happen. Murphys Law was in full effect the night before the ride. Mikas recent piston ring replacement had yielded a leaky gasket which, along with the replacement of a chain and sprocket set, a defective tire, and two mysterious pre-ride punctures, had to be hastily repaired. Finally, thinking we were finished, Mika kicked his bike over, only to hear the clackity-clackity-tickity-tickity of poorly adjusted valves... to be fixed by headlamp in the dark. At least it wern't rainin'. Above: XR400 Valve adjustment by headlamp and the ride location. Bikes prepped, we got on the track early to Bagamoyo for breakfast. As usual, nobody could remember exactly how to navigate the 60 km maze of roads and footpaths through farms and half-finished suburbs that link Dar and Bagamoyo, so we stumble our way along using a combination of guesswork, patchy memory, and strategic information gathering. In a classic example of the latter, Seb has the following conversation with a bicyclist on the trail: Seb: Hi. Where is the path to Bagamoyo. Guy: Go back, take a right, look for a big tree, proceed to the school and continue straight. Seb: Cant I go left here? Guy: No. There is no road. Nothing. Seb: (to me) Lets go left. (to Guy) Asante! [engines roar, dust flies, end scene] In many cases, ignoring advice is the best plan. This time was a case in point. Turning left led us through some curious footpaths to the beachside entrance of Bagamoyo just in time for breakfast at Travellers Lodge. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we'd need our strength... Above: Seb and his KTM 450, Mika & Seb look for a track, Sebs sewerage covered boot from a muddier-than-expected stream crossing, and an Indian Ocean overlook south of Bagamoyo.