We were fortunate to meet up with Joe Pichler, a professional KTM Adventure rider. Joe has recently completed the South America`s, and have travelled Africa before. Visit his website to view his aewsome photo`s: http://www.josef-pichler.at/index.htm
There is still bandits in this area hiding away in the mountains, hijacking trucks along this road between Turbi and Moyale.
Turbi massacre From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search The Turbi massacre was the killing of about sixty people by feuding clans in the Marsabit District of northern Kenya on the early morning of 12 July2005. Hundreds of armed raiders of the Borana tribe attacked the Gabra people living in the Turbi area, north west of Marsabit. Twenty-two of the sixty confirmed dead were children, and over six thousand people fled their homes, most of them fleeing to Marsabit town. The fighting was a result of competition over scarce water and pasture land in the arid region along the Somali border, as well as a recent political division along ethnic lines. The fighting in Turbi is similar in cause to that between the Garre and the Murule in Mundule in January and February of 2005. Cattle rustling is relatively common practice in this region, and some reports suggest that the massacre may have begun as a cattle raid. The Gabra people, victims of the massacre, had been accused in June of stealing hundreds of cattle and goats. A week after the massacre, Kenyan Red Cross reported that Marsabit had around nine thousand displaced persons, mainly Gabra people. The Red Cross appealed for 53.9 million Kenyan shillings ($709,000) in aid, but received only a small proportion of what they had asked for. The people of Marsabit have long complained that they are overlooked by central government. The wounded of Turbi had to travel 130 km to reach Marsabit hospital, which has only one doctor. Three days after the massacre, with ethnic tensions still running high, the Roman CatholicBishop of Zica, Luigi Locati, was shot dead in Isiolo. Although Isiolo lies quite a distance south of Marsabit, it has the same ethnic and religious makeup. In both places, about 40% of the people are Christians, 32% Muslims and other 28% believe in traditional or other religions.
It’s all that I have expected, it’s awesome so far with a lot of riding, riding and more riding. Lots to see and as I am typing this mail, I am sitting next to Lake Malawi overlooking a awesome view, having a green beer ( ok, a few)!
The boarder crossings went very well so far, thanks to good planning. We had some thought riding the last 2 days spending 23.5 hours on the bike travelling, out of 48 hours. Today is a slower day, but we are still well on target. (4500 km`s traveld so far).
We have been using our tents every night so far, and tonight will be our first night in a bed, here at Mayoka Village next to the Lake Malawi, and yes all the photo’s I have seen in the magazines, they are true, its awesome here.
Thank you for all the support so far, love you all!
Well , well where do we start , except for 2 very sore arses we are doing just fine, the bikes are going like a dream. Overall we have had a awesome experience slept in the bush twice, went 2 today without a shower, spend more or less 10 hours on the road everyday riding but that’s what we are suppose to do riding and riding.
We went thru Zambia soaking wet but we pushed on like two brave adventure riders and made it safely to Malawi after another easy border crossing.
Chilling at the moment at lake Malawi having a ice cold Beer and enjoying the view .The people in Malawi are very friendly and helpful and hopefully we can have a decent nights rest.
Tomorrow we are off again into wild Africa and on our way to Tanzania hopefully everything will go according to plan, looking forward to tomorrow.
Thanks for all the help and support and a I MISS U KIMMY !