This is my itinerary for the Women v Cancer Kenya trip. One of the other women, Anita, kindly saved me the trouble of most of the typing by posting it on her blog. And I promptly nicked and edited it.
A 4 hour transfer to Green Hills Hotel in Nyeri, then bike fitting and a short 5 km ride to Robert Baden Powell's grave. Hear more info about the ride after dinner that night. Have second thoughts and run off screaming into the bush.
A long steady climb with downhill stretches. We reach the equator at 83 km. Overnight at Thompson's Fall Lodge.
Some uphill climbing. Leaving Nyahururu and head into Subukia Valley. After 14km we stop at a view point over the valley, 2550m above sea level. From there into Subukia town and then through vast tea plantations. After lunch we transfer 140 km to Kabarnet on the edge of the Kerio Valley. Overnight at Hotel Kabernet built by President Moi.
Day 5: cycle 93kms. Kabernet to Eldoret. The most challenging day.
Climbing the Elgeyo escarpment. 18km downhill. Steep. Downhill cycling! Yay, a gravity assist! [or a crash…] Around the 28km point we start a serious 26km climb on windy [is this winding or has it got gales?] roads through the forest to the top of the Great Rift Valley. After lunch a gentler ride downhill; overnight at the Wagon Hotel.
Day 6: Eldoret to Kakamega. 98km if it's dry weather or 110km if it's been raining [hmm - what's the bets on rain?]. Up to lunch time we cycle on very hilly tarmac roads which undulate through plantations and farms. Some steeper hills when we reach Kapsabet. After we cycle on a dirt track past small farms and villages and into rainforest towards Kakamega.
If it's been raining we will cycle on the busy main road for 62km. Then 34km along a smaller road entering the Kakamega Forest reserve. [This is if we survive cycling amidst the Matatu's on the main road!] Overnight at the Golf Hotel, Kakamega.
Day 8: transfer to Nakuru. Free time to relax with option of a game drive. Overnight in Nakuru. Don't know where yet?
In the evening we have the option of a night out to The Carnivore restaurant [Zebra steak anyone?] and the Simba Saloon. The rate of 45USD [about 30.00GBP] at The Carnivore includes waiting, transport and food but excludes drinks. Like we're going to miss that?
Day 10: back to London. All this is subject to change. Please sponsor me - doing this post has made my hair stand on end!