Monday, March 18 I left Bagamoyo for Lushoto, at 1459 meters of altitude, famous for the excursions in the hills covered with pines, eucalyptus and banana trees. Irente View Point overhanging the B1 road from Dar es Salaam to Moshi is in the heat haze, in bottom 33°C, in top 26°C. I established my bivouac at Irente Farm. On the way after the crossroads between B1 and Lushoto road three guys signaled to me to stop, of course I went my way. Alas they threw of stones to my vehicle. Several kilometers further on I met a police officer with whom I told the facts. But at the parking of Irente Farm I noted that the first pan of double rear bay had been broken by the stones of the three guys. I promised to pay some to the police officer on the road back to B1. This incident recall the facts at the stopping in the State of Chiapas in Mexico whose damage was more important, here. In end of the afternoon heat having fallen I decided to balance the pressure of the tires by axle. I noted that the pressure did not go up at the pressure gauge. By inspecting the pipe of brought air from the compressor to the base plate of connection of the pipe of the pressure gauge I discovered two cuts probably made by stones on the tracks. I believed to dream; for a 4x4 intended for the off-road the good performance of the compressor and its accessories is paramount. This pipe under the back part of the vehicle close to the ground is vulnerable; it should have been surrounded by a metal braid standard aviation.
Wednesday, March 20 the 240 kilometer from Lushoto Irente Farm to Marangu Hotel is not of any interest if it is not the succession of the villages, as droppings of she-goat on the road, always preceded by a panel speed limited at 50 km/h then the succession of three units of five bitumen rolls to oblige to slow down before the first back of donkey (hump), sometimes there is up to five. Of course before the panel of end of limitation at 50km/h there is again three units of five bitumen rolls. Speed on road is limited at 80 km/h; the frequency very brought closer to the villages involves two behaviors, due to the presence of police radars, either to lead to 80km/h or more and to slow down brutally while by seeing the panel of 50 km/h, or to adopt a cool control between 55 and 60 km/h to release the accelerator by seeing the panel of 50 km/h to arrive indeed at the limited speed; at all events in the villages it is more advisable to drive at30 km/h to nicely take the above-mentioned obstacles on the roadway. Of course I adopted this prudential driving. The consequence is that I traversed the 240 km in 6 hours. For memory it is very benefit for fuel consumption, the brakes, the tires and the engine oil. “Who wants go far spares his mounting”.
Thursday, March 21 I left Marangu to make the trip around Kilimanjaro, here, northwards up to Londorosi to bivouac at Simba Farm. The 129 kilometers are asphalted during the first 79 kilometers then the road becomes a track in Maasai country during approximately 40 km for finally becoming a new tarred road. Along the road I tracked the MT Kilimanjaro of which I had climbed in February 1998, here. The gallery below shows Kili in all its states.
|Kilimanjaro at 6:30 am with low angle light
Friday, March 22 I left with regret Simba Farm where I was alone to go down to Moshi which did not hold my attention. I continued my way up to Arusha where I visited Tourist Information, TTB, then Ngorongoro Information, NCAA, to prepare the continuation of my trip. At the beginning of afternoon I installed my bivouac for three days at Masai Camp. Arusha is the base to visit as well Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater as Serengeti National Park; the city has an irrational road traffic causing long congestions on the main axes to leave the city.