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Stuck

Posted by PZastoupil on 9 December 2009 in English (English)

I was headed out to get some new tracks on my motorcycle. I needed fuel, so I stopped at the nearest petrol station where I waited and waited. No one was helping me out, so I remembered there was another station mostly on the way in Nairobi Dam. I headed there fuelled up and decided I did not want to cross Langata Road again, so I thought I would follow a road on my OSM map that ran very near to the bypass road that I was going to take.

I headed for it and ran into a gated estate and decided to go around, it was only a few hundred meters to the road. I found a nice foot trail and followed it up, but ran across a large stream. It had been raining, but I think it may have been a broken pipe somewhere. The ravine the water had carved was almost as wide as my front wheel, and at least .5m deep. I looked for a way around, but got stuck where the ravine ran right next to a wall.

With no way to cross, I had to get off my bike and walk it backward down a steep slope and only a tiny space between the wall and the ravine. Being very near Kibera, by the time I got down far enough to turn the bike around, I had quite a large audience of women hauling water and laundry and lots of kids. Fun times!

At the end of the day, I was able to grab a whole new dirt road up in Kabete. It is always refreshing to see a new road in a blank part of the map.

Location: National Housing Corporation, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya

Comment from Skippern on 9 December 2009 at 22:08

Nice to see Kenya going forward on OSM, it is long time since I visited Kenya, and it would be nice to take an OSM Safari to the places I visited back then. Heard the unrests around last election hit hard on some of those places.

Comment from ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 10 December 2009 at 13:04

Yeah +1 for Kenya. I was there for a few weeks and managed to get some traces around Coast provide (that road from Mombasa to Lamu was me. That's a fun bus journey :) )

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