Riding with Rashmi in Kenya

I met Rashmi on Facebook.  We were in a common group and both bikers.  She is the founder of Global Women Who Ride . She asked to interview me and i later asked her to visit Kenya.  We ended up fulfilling each others request.  She arrived in Kenya on June 1st. That’s Madaraka day (Madaraka means Freedom – 1 June, commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963. ).  On 31st May we had received Carsten and on 1st June Anja (Carsten girlfriend) arrived during the day. We were hosting everyone in our home just in the outskirts of Nairobi.  We made a good team of 5 bikers under one roof.

This was Rashmi’s first time in Kenya and Africa.  She was going to be in Africa for 20 days.  She was very excited. The first few days Rashmi toured Nairobi on her own.  She visited the Museum, Art Galleries and even took a 3 day trip to the Maasai Mara.  I admired her travel planning skills.  My best take away from her for our world tour.  She had her itinerary in place.  Researched very well and knew exactly what she wanted to see and places she needed to visit.  At some point, she sounded more knowledgeable about Kenya than me. Kenya was her 40th country to visit and therefore she is equipped with plenty of experience on travel planning.

We had planned to ride together before she traveled to Ethiopia.  We mapped out a route which would take us to my former primary school, spend a night at my mom’s place and leave the following day to ride through Nyeri, Nyahururu, Gilgil for another night in Naivasha before heading back home in Nairobi.

The 3 days 2 nights ride with Rashmi, Tayaini, Carol, Roy and Derrick

First day we rode to my former primary school for a CSR i support.

Students at my former primary school. We were there as Alumnis to donate text books.

Then we stopped at my mom’s place for the night.  My mom was very happy to see other girls who ride motorcycles.

My mom’s place. It was lovely having the girls there. Rashmi experienced the Kenyan country side.

We met up with Carol, Roy and Derrick.  It was really nice being welcomed to Nyeri and having more people to ride with.

Our second night was spent at Camp Carnelleys in Naivasha.  Such a beautiful place to be.  This was really amazing. They have dormitories, single rooms with shared bathrooms and Bandas that sleep two and three people. We viewed the single rooms with two beds and the size was really good and the shared bathrooms clean.  We settled for a Banda with a bathroom and toilet inside (en-suite).  The beds were very comfortable, the duvets warm and the best part was the veranda and a small garden space with table and bench and a fire place.  I am definitely going back to this place. Its amazing.

The Banda and the very comfy veranda.
Rashmi enjoying

We left Naivasha on Monday afternoon after a really relaxing night, good breakfast and a tour of the Camp Carnelleys.  We made a stop at the Escarpment and the smallest Church.

At the entrance of the smallest church built by the Italian Prisoners of war
The magnificent view of the escarpment.
The graffiti opposite the place we stopped at the Escarpment. I loved this.

We had a wonderful ride and when we got home, all we wanted was to ride again but she had to head out to Ethiopia.

Finally home and happy

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