Tuesday, 28 October 2008

24th October 08

Date: 24th October 08
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Weather: Scattered showers and sunshine, 30°c
Status: Getting ready for the marathon…mentally

The Colonel has all of his niggles and problems sorted out today so it was an early start for both Bre and I, we packed away a wet tent and met my parents for a bite of breakfast before driving the truck through the morning rush hour traffic (which seems to run from 5am to 9pm!) to Magma Holdings, a Land Rover service centre run by Titch.

I met him through Allan at Wildebeest Camp who also takes his Landie there for its servicing etc and comes highly recommended. He’s an Englishman who has lived out here for a number of years and now maintains and services all 4x4’s including the British army vehicles in the area….good enough for me then!

I grabbed a taxi back to the camp and as the morning was pushing on we headed out for some early lunch at the local Chinese/Japanese/French food court. Mum and dad tried sushi for the first time and I thing enjoyed it!

Managed to get all of the photos, routes and diary finalised for the site which will be updated in the next few days now there’s a decent internet connection available. Had a chance to drive around the marathon course which certainly looks city based, it twists and winds through the centre to start and then heads out onto the airport road for a couple of laps before finishing in the national stadium. Hope the wind is light, the traffic non-existent and the rain stays away!

Got a taxi back over to collect the Colonel and sat in traffic for nearly an hour to cover the 8kms to the garage, collected the truck minus the tappet ticking noise (at last!) and drove back to the camp for dinner and a movie. Bed.

End of day location: Nairobi, Kenya
Distance covered: 20kms

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