Yesterday we finally made it to the finish line at Lake Victoria. A mere 60km stage. Sounds easy but on the fifth consecutive day of cycling you really know what you've been doing the last four days. Lake Victoria gives you a good sense of the scale of Africa. Its the second largest freshwater lake in the world. From our hotel the next shoreline was 300kms away in Uganda.
True to form the countryside on the final stage was very beautiful but also very hilly. If we ever do one of these again we're doing it in The Netherlands or somewhere cool. We think it was around 30 degrees when we were cycling yesterday. A contrast with the snow we've heard you are having at home.
Huge sense of achievement and relief when we crossed the finish line. Arrived in Kisumu with a police escort taking us all in one big long line through the city. All three of us can proudly say not once did we get in the support vehicle which was there if you couldn't pedal an inch further, not the case for all the group.
We really feel we've challenged ourselves personally but also delivered something really worthwhile for a very deserving charity. On the personal front the expedition doctor has done 17 of these all over the world and he thinks this is the hardest. For the charity you get constant reminders of how much the fundraising is needed and how grateful they are. Yesterday the chief executive of Computeraid met us in Kisumu as well as the deputy director of computers for Schools Kenya. When you cycle through such rural parts of Kenya you do see real poverty but also just how much the Kenyans are putting in to education. There are schools everywhere, even in the remotest little villages. Very few yet have computers so there is a lot of work to be done. Kenyans see education as key to improving their economy and competing on a global scale. As Toby said last night this sort of experience really does make the cliche travel broadens the mind true. We are very proud to have Computing associated with this charity and event, maybe bringing some real benefit to developing countries through technology.
Today we are bouncing our way along very bad roads, no wonder the cycling hurt as its uncomfortable in a van, back to Nairobi. Will take about 8 hours. There is a big reception planned for us this evening with rumours someone from the kenyan government ministry of education will attend.
Saturday we get a little treat in the morning with a safari in Nairobi National Park before starting the long journey home.
Robin, Toby, Dave