the final day of RIDETZ 2012 -- a short five hour day that brought us to the mkoma bay beach in pangani (pangani was where slaves and ivory were shipped out on the swahili dhows to the wider world). the riders biked about 400 miles, from kilimanjaro to the indian ocean, in 10 days. pretty damn awesome!
there were plenty of dogs roaming around TZ. seeing a dog on a leash was very rare.
on a few occasions, we put the landcruiser top up and i shot through the roof. and i had plenty of bruises to show for it, as i bounced around while driving on the bumpy dirt roads.
traveling through paved streets in the city.
and more chapatis, soup and tea.
this guy followed the bikers for the longest time, proudly cheering as he rode past all the village spectators.
we saw quite a few children riding bikes, but never on a child-sized bike. most of the time, they could barely reach the pedals.
barry with the crew, who worked so hard setting up our camp day after day.
making it up the last big hill before riding into the resort at mkoma bay beach.
and finally...THEY MADE IT!!
a dhow sailing by, viewed from the patio of mkomo bay tented lodge, where we stayed.
i can never thank the foundation for tomorrow enough, for giving me this most-amazing and life-changing opportunity!!! so can't wait until RIDETZ 2014. one way or another, i will be there!
day nine took us to the village of manyoni. we passed through lots of villages this day -- some we stopped at, others we just drove though. and to be completely honest, i was pretty ready to be done taking photos of bicycles by this point. but i kept shooting bicycles. :-) nothing like seeing an intanet' hotel as we depart mashewa.
another village that welcomed us to eat chapatis and drink tea. i don't really even like tea, but their tea was awesome. and things that are served hot in TZ are served really hot, which i love. i have a thing about my hot stuff being really hot and my cold stuff really cold.
the women in the building thought i was pretty darn funny. the chapatis were actually cooked in that side little room.
and off we went.
AEIOU. at our lunch stop.
i loved all the footprints all over the front of this house.
you don't see all that many brick homes in TZ.
my driver, hamisi, waiting with some of the local villagers.
looking down from a bridge. washing clothes.
right after this shot, these two boys ran and hid.
crossing the bridge, where i took the two photos above from.
there were so many children around our campsite. i loved how they welcomed the riders.
mike played with the kids for hours. they loved him.
and kaitlin and marc taught the kids the macarena.
it was such a joy watching the kids have fun and play together -- kids just being kids!
they loved the beach balls we gave them.
and as we headed into camp, they crawled up as close as they were allowed and just watched and waited.
day eight was an exciting, bit scary, interesting, picturesque, educational, fun-filled day -- taking us from mkuzu creek to mashewa via some uphill and lots of downhill riding. WARNING: if you are an animal lover or your children are around your computer, you might not want to proceed past the goat photo below.
leaving mkuzu creek resort, it was cloudy and drizzling, but so beautiful.
a break at one of the villages.
the boys were so interested in the changing of the flat tire.
i learned that a hotel in TZ is not the same as a hotel in america.
so often, the children carry the babies.
barry celebrated his 50th.
i think i'm going to hang this in the entryway of my house.
we had lunch at this village. and this group of kids stayed very shy and stand offish the entire time.
this amazing group of children sang to us, for quite a while. i took some video, which i'm hoping to share later (still need to download it off another drive). i can't even begin to describe how beautiful their voices were.
playing with one of the balls we left them, as we departed.
poor simon!! a cow, crossing the path, ran right into simon, knocking him hard to the ground. thankfully, he wasn't seriously injured, but he did hit his head and the doc watched him closely. he ended up riding in the truck with me for the following two days.
heading into mashewa.
barry's first surprise.
we headed into the nearby village of mashewa to shop for food, to accompany our main dish.
marc stopped to play football with the kids for a bit.
maji is water, which this village obtained in 1972.
in TZ, they burn their garbage pretty much anywhere.
three of the riders decided to get their heads shaved.
the goat, which ended up being our dinner. he was killed by the village elder / councilman (isa). it was super quick and humane -- as humane as killing a goat can get.
and last but not least, barry's 50h birthday celebration. he had no idea this was coming and it was such a wonderful surprise. once i knew the cake was coming, i told the group that i wanted to see if i could take some photos in the dark with some of their head lamps on. :-) i can't imagine a more incredible way to celebrate a 50th birthday!
the purpose of life is not to be happy...it is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and living well. - ralph waldo emerson
but coming across a happy trash can, while on a fabulous vacation, sure doesn't hurt...
and me shooting the happy trash can, in my classic squatting-not-so-attractive stance...
photo courtesy of emily corey
yep, i'm off to virginia beach, VA. actually by the time this launches, i will already be on my flight. while there, i'll be photographing this family. baby scout is now six months old, with a full head of fabulous hair, and my friend, steph, is now rockin' an awesome, new pixie cut.
and this family. not sure if peanut will be included again this time, but i do know that she is lou's precious baby. it was 30 degrees when we did the photo below. looking forward to the predicted 60s. hoping to dodge saturday's rain/thunder/wind forecast.
along with photographing a few families, who i am super excited to meet, one of them being in OBX!!
i'm home tuesday evening and then headed to san diego on thursday, for family fun and more client shoots.
i'm having such an amazing time in north carolina. last night, little miss lulu turned the camera on me...and then couldn't figure out why hers didn't spit out a picture, like mine did. more to come of spirited miss lulu...soon. back home late tonight.