The Moyale Highway

Ker-thunk! Ker-thunk! Crash crash! This is the sound of a jeep going over corrugations. Its not a pleasant thing to experience. A corrugation is formed when a dirt road has a lot of freight lorries travelling on it, their bumping and crashing eventually means the road forms a ripple effect of bumps. These bumps vary from several inches to almost a foot in some places. Your options for driving on corrugations are either, drive at around 20kph and suffer the painstaking boredom and rattling or drive at 90 kph and skim over the bumps. With the second option however you run a number of risks. Your handing becomes very light while speeding along on corrugations, imagine driving on ice at high speed and you’ll know what I mean. The slightest move on the steering wheel means a big difference to your direction. The chances of going into a skid and then overcorrecting will likely mean youre going to be needing a recovery vehicle to pull you out of whatever ditch you landed in. Slowing down only means the ungodly shuddering returns and the chances of you losing control is almost a guarantee. This inability to brake means if you see a massive pot hole, ditch, ostrich or oncoming truck you just have to do your best to avoid them while maintaining your speed. This of course led to more than a few obscenities being sputtered. Our luck held out all along the dirt highway from Moyale to Archers Post. This 350km stretch of road is the worst on the whole trip. This is where every over landing vehicle runs into difficulty and usually breaks down. Someone is watching over us as Doris didn’t even get a scratch. Our biggest problem was that we were travelling with a full load of diesel and water. This means we were sitting rather low the entire way and the travel on our suspension was taking quite a battering. After jettisoning some weight and redistributing a few items about we were sitting higher. Apart from just bone shattering bumps and close your eyes moments the road from Moyale offered a few unexpected surprises. The first one was some proper African wildlife, including some ostriches and gazelles. Of course we ignored the vultures that were tailing Doris down the highway. We also came across some of the fantastic landscapes that make up the Great Rift. The Rift was created by volcanic activity and we saw a number of dormant volcano craters and valleys that have been cut out of the earth. We’re now in the southern hemisphere and have already experienced some ridiculously heavy equatorial rains.    However we’ve made it over the half way mark now and conquered the hardest road on the trip without the wheels falling off. Its still along way to Cape Town but we’ll get there!

One Response to “The Moyale Highway”

  1. Yes! Just saw my name on Dorris, still standing!

    Keep up the blog fellas, so inspiring. The post about Red dancing and Johnny and the coffee was pure comedy thinking about it. Great post about Dorris too.

    “Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.” — Annie Besant

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