day six entailed a 30-mile bike ride, a 3-mile hike up the usambara mountains, absolutely amazing views and most of the riders beginning to feel better.
so many majestic views along the way.
along with poor eugene getting attacked by a bush.
navigating through the herd of cows.
passing children on their way to school.
lunch break. barry was still really sick this day.
most were already exhausted, pre-hike.
after lunch, the hike began. what started out as a standard hike, ended up being the absolute toughest hike i've ever done. probably one of the toughest things i've ever done...period!! we hiked / climbed for 4-1/2 hours -- 3200 feet up hill.
with about 1-1/2 hours still to go, we stopped at this man's house on the mountainside. he carried ake's backpack and led us up the steepest part of the mountain.
his wife and children.
this was a welcome message painted on the rocks, as we neared the end of the hike.
the views were beyond words. i wish i could have taken more photographs but the climb was so challenging, i could barely breathe, let alone breathe and take photographs.
the first thing we saw at the top of the mountain.
our campsite, at irente view point.
which as a non-rider, meant a room, a bed, a toilet and a hot shower for me :-)
and a group photo at irente view point.