On Sunday, Sticky, Jason and I got geared up for this adventure and took off after church.
Our point of entry -- the foot of the Tenwek Falls.
Our destination -- Bomet, deemed to be anywhere from a 1 to 3 hour float down the Chepkulo.
Despite its tropical appearance, the water was FREEZING cold.
Our initial plan of carrying sticks to push off of razor sharp rocks lasted approximately 1 minute as we hit the first set of rapids.
Eager spectators....Elise, Alyssa Pfister, & Dan Galat went to see us off. Little did we know we would have other spectators along the way. Saturday & Sunday are popular bathing days, so we took many bathers by surprise. It soon became obvious that people were calling their friends after seeing us because after awhile we had people waiting for us. When we came within their sight, they would start cheering for us.
Jason's descent down the first set of rapids...going...
Coming back up for air!
John's descent wasn't quite so successful. For some reason, the heaviest guy got the smallest tube. The poor tube didn't make it through the first set of rapids.
Successful repair. This tube was saved as a back-up.
After about three hours we started to wonder if the river would actually take us to Bomet. Some people we asked were convinced that Bomet was right around the corner. Others said it was still a long ways away. Fortunately, the latter were correct and we made it to Bomet soaked to the bone, shivering, and with very sore bottoms. We made our way to the matatu (taxi) station and finally back to Tenwek. We both took hot showers, ate some chili, and dressed in the warmest clothes that we brought!
Back home safe & sound, with only mild flesh wounds.