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Nice rocky, sandy loop

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Osadabwa, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. Osadabwa

    Osadabwa Don't be Surprised

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    715
    Location:
    Nairobi, Kenya
    Invigorated by my recent solo day out, and by the re-emergence of steady sunshine, it was time to grab Panic and go for another rip. I wanted to show him some of the tracks I found the week before and to continue practicing the loose rocks. I forgot to load the right track but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we re-discovered an old gem and a connecting route down-valley to the Magadi Road. From there, we ripped through the sandy flats near Olegorsaile, spooking gerenuk, giraffe, ostrich and gazelle and hit Oltepesi for a quick Coke break before launching through the white chalk and rocks, capping it off with a bottom-to-top ride up the New Valley.

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    Above: Our usual entry point to the valley has been left with no trees and a hole in the ground, but the view of the Ngongs from atop the denuded hill is nice

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    Above: On a track I discovered in 2014 but haven’t ridden since. Pretty valleys and hills and the rocky, overgrown 4x4 trail leads down to the Magadi tar road.

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    Above: Descending a pretty long stretch of loose and embedded rocks. Nice way to get the blood pumping.

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    Above: Out in the flats on sandy, drifty track separated by rocky outcrops. The less travelled path is the more enjoyable at this junction.

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    Above: Climbing over a rocky outcrop and emerging into a little valley oasis full of giraffe and gazelle

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    Above: A wild desert hog takes a short break

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    Above: We practiced a few pivot turns on this forgiving sand and gravel plain before ripping back to Oltepesi for Cokes

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    Above: Starting up the New Valley track and pausing for a splash at the broken water pipe

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    Above: Looking up valley

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    Above: Side-tracked by an opportunity, we followed the riverbed but it fizzled out

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    Above: At the end of a couple kms of rolling rocks, great practice in the mid-day heat

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    Above: Always stop to smell the flowers

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    Above: Panic rests, roadside in the New Valley

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    Above: We popped out of the rocky section and flew on the fast dirt. 200km of rocks and sand had worked up quite an appetite. Off to the Drip for a beer and some chicken and chips.

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  2. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Oddometer:
    2,594
    Location:
    Sherwood, Oregon
    Nice @Osadabwa! Looks like a great day for ripping, especially when it ends with beers and some chow.

    The 5th pic you posted, ever wonder how those rocks and boulders ended up where they lay? I picture some volcano blowing up eons ago and spewing ‘em around. Have the same thoughts when I see rocks like that riding in the OR desert.

    Appreciate you taking the time to post the pics and report :thumb :ricky
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