Nairobi had been cold and gloomy for two months straight, so we were itching to head North. To North Horr, Lake Turkana and maybe even Lake Logipi if it was in the cards. Four XR650Rs and one KTM 520 would start the journey, taking on some of the Northern Frontier District’s most iconic spots over 1600km and 5 days of riding. The craziest of it looked like this: It was hot, fast, dusty, sandy, rocky and brilliant. But first, we have to get out of town. So, Wednesday afternoon, essentially day 0 of the trip, Panic, Lobo and I hit the tar for Nyahururu. Wry and Holesaw would meet us there the following day, but it meant a 6:00 AM departure for them, so the three of us took the half day to cruise the beautiful green roads, knowing that the Thompon’s Falls Hotel would have cold beers and a hot fire for us when we got there. As luck would have it, we hit rain near Njabini, so we stopped for a cup of tea before heading on and up to Nyahururu. Above: Bikes waiting out a cold drizzle at 2500m... we'd be at 40C and less than 200m soon enough Above: Once the sun came out closer to Nyahururu, I deviated off the tar for a little dirt and a nice little climb up the escarpment Above: Red and green go well together Above: The agricultural heartland of Kenya is beautiful, but it's just not Pig Country Above: A proper wheelie from Lobomoto on the climb up Above: Lake Ol Bolosat in the distance, my still gleaming BRP in the foreground At the hotel it was cold beers and sunny garden sitting until dark at which point it turned to cold beers and hot steaks with a side of banter around the fire. It’s great to leave town, dust off the cobwebs, and prepare for the real ride which would kick off the next day. Above: Panic and his favourite golden beverage at the Thompon’s Falls Hotel, Nyahururu Above: Lobo chatting to his friends asking why the old guys won’t shut up about the Honda XR650R Above: Perhaps a beer or two later… We watched some Olympics back in the room and enjoyed a fantastic fire before turning. Until tomorrow, dream of the desert….