Kenyan pair established off to motorkbike around the globe – but run into COVID

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan couple Dos and Wamuyu Kariuki beloved experience practically as significantly as they cherished every single other. So two months right after they obtained married, they give up their work and established off in 2018 to motor-bicycle throughout all the seven continents.

“It is compared with Africans to vacation and acquire that kind of an journey… It is basically performed by Westerners,” said 45-calendar year-outdated Wamuyu, her hair brushing against her collar.

“There is usually this perception that it is extremely difficult to vacation as an African and applying our passports for the reason that they are not as solid as the American and European types. We have been equipped to prove that it is doable.”

This calendar year, they were being heading into North America via Panama. But their adventure – prepared to choose 3 and a fifty percent yrs – screeched to a halt in Nicaragua in March, as nations around the world about the entire world closed their borders to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

They received stuck in a lower-priced hostel in the Nicaraguan capital Managua for 4 and a 50 percent months, just before flying back again to Nairobi in August immediately after flights resumed.

They transported their German-made bikes residence, obtaining visited 3 continents: Africa, South America and Antarctica.

Amongst their finest reminiscences are the frigid splendor of the Antarctica, and the warmth of Colombians irrespective of the nation’s violent earlier. When the environment opens up all over again, they hope to resume their trip – and to have impressed some others on the continent.

Further reporting and crafting by Duncan Miriri modifying by Katharine Houreld and Emelia Sithole-Matarise