- For six months, Jack Siro planned and trained for his trip upcountry for the Christmas holiday on his road bike
- On December 22, he actualised the idea and says he covered 310 kilometres from Nairobi to Kisii in just about 13 hours
- Six days later, he made his return trip back to Nairobi, spending an hour longer on the road due to the fog and tough headwinds
As thousands of Kenyans were struggling with hiked fares and transport chaos in a bid to get home for the Christmas festivities, a young man made the journey on his road bike.
Cyclist Jack Siro rode his bike from Nairobi to Kisii on December 22, covering 310 kilometres in under 13 hours, a road trip that he says started at 4 am and ended at 7 pm.
On average, the same journey by vehicle takes about 5 hours and 45 minutes, excluding stopovers, traffic stops, and toilet breaks.
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In a post on Twitter, the software engineer revealed that this year was his third attempt doing the solo fete and he was happy with the progress he has amassed over the years.
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He also disclosed that he achieved the feat given that he spent six months planning for the trip.
To and fro
After spending time with his family in the village, Siro made the return trip six days later on the same bicycle but admits that it was more treacherous than had been going.
"Leaving Kisii Highlands was not easy for the tough elevation there. Also towards Sotik, it was freezing and foggy. Into Mulot, Narok, all the way to Maai Mahiu it was pure torture fighting tough headwinds," he remembered.
Given the difficult terrain on his return trip, Siro reveals that he spent 14 hours getting back to Nairobi, an hour longer than it took on the initial journey.
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Despite the exhaustion that will last a number of days, the biker maintained that the experience was both tough and exciting.
Feat excites netizens
It was a feat that excited both bikers and non-bikers, with some seeking more details about things like punctures, rest, and how he maneuvres the rogue drivers on the roads.
"We'd like to know how, where, and if you slept along the journeys. This is amazing and an inspiration to me. Great achievement!"
"In case of a puncture in the middle of nowhere, do you have the tools for repair? During your ride did you factor in the breaks in between? If yes, how many minutes did you rest?"
"Mad respect man. There should be bike lanes all over the country. Biking is neglected but it is good for our health and the environment."
"Must have been a hair-raising ride since our crazy motorists speeding and overtaking on the road, congratulations. They should consider cycling lanes all the way but I don't think they ever will do that."
Lady rode power bike across states
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that popular Nigerian biker, Fehintoluwa Okegbenle, amazed many again and this time around she took her act many notches higher.
On Sunday, February 14, the lady said she took her power bike from Lagos to Enugu, Uyo, Makurdi, Kaduna, Minna, Ilorin and back to her state of residence in seven days.
The lady said she could not believe it herself that she went to all those places in a week. Fehintoluwa added that she was really determined before she undertook the task.