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Day 5 & 6 – Deeper into the Tanzanian Wilderness

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Day 5 started early as they set off for their first full ride in Tanzania. The harsh African terrain has taken a toll on bikes with morning maintenance being more common and taking longer. They began with a harsh climb up the Kilimanjaro foothills, a climb that took the cyclists 7000 feet up. The tough climb was accompanied by beautiful scenery overlooking Kenya and Tanzania. As cyclists looked upon the roads they had already traversed they thought of what was to come, spurring themselves on with thoughts of the downhill that would eventually arrive. When they reached the top of the climb there was a general sense of relief and they got ready for a downhill surrounded by banana and coffee plantations.

20251356_10210396044800723_313566203_oThe downhill was not as easy as they thought however as it was also accompanied by very technical off-road with the recent rains washing away any kind of road work that had been done on the dirt-roads. After all the mileage the cyclists have put in any off-road would be challenging, but this off-road was hell. After 60 km of off-road the cyclists arrived at camp with a cold shower awaiting. The day gave the cyclists a good view of everyday African life as they ride through Masai owned lands.
The start of day 6 consisted of continuing the off-road they had began to face the previous day, another 20km of it with roadworks waiting for them just after. When they finally reached tarmac you could sense their energy and morale rise as their bodies and bikes could rest from the constant battering they had been receiving from below. Tarmac is of course accompanied by the challenge of traffic which makes the back-up team and cyclists quite anxious however the cyclists were flying reaching speeds of up to 60km/hr on the downhills. After some time they came to the busy, very busy town of Arusha where traffic was absolutely mad with lorries charging out of side-roads without indicating or waiting. Despite this the cyclists reached their destination, a snake park and camp 150km from their starting point, relatively early, giving them then chance to wash themselves, their clothes and their bikes and have a well deserved early night.

All in all the past two days have taken the cyclists through around 300km of Tanzania. With over half the days done they cyclists can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our hearts and good will stay with these brave souls and all those suffering in the renal unit. We sincerely hope that our efforts make a difference to the quality of life of these patients and hope that the money we give to research can bring us one step closed to giving these people their lives back. They get ready for a long ride tomorrow as they edge ever closer to the finish line.

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