The thought of doing a world tour was born in June 2016 and since then, we have been planning. Nothing prepared us for the amount of work, time, emotions or changes that we would go through with the process. It has been an exciting and a learning process for us as well.
We have also been asked a number of questions by friends, family and fans regarding this trip. We want to answer them here to the best of our capability hoping that this may help another adventurous person in the future.
To be honest, the only thing that has remained constant are the questions. However, the answers change and will keep changing as we keep learning and rediscovering ourselves during this adventure. Same questions one year later, may not bear the exact answers here because, we will have learned some lessons, figured out other things and feeling very different from how we feel today. We however, are going to make our answers as honest from our hearts as possible. Our honesty remains the same.
- What Inspired you to do the adventure?
We both have done a bit of travel and some of it on our motorbikes. At the time this thought came up, what followed was, there has not been any black African who has done this before. Bragging rights you would say, setting a record too or even pulling a first one. All these are potentially true and we cannot blame you for thinking that way. However, we will not only be the First Black Africans to do this, no, we will be Kenyans first and will remain Kenyans. The biggest inspiration came from our country. A country so beautiful, a great travel destination, with lovely loving people, rich culture, peaceful, mother of the champions and warm and welcoming. Enough has not been said about our country “Kenya”, it has not been given the due recognition out there and we are just going to deliver Kenya to all the seven continents. We are inspired by our country Kenya.
- What is the adventure all about?
Three words describe our adventure; DREAM | EXPLORE | INSPIRE
We would love to inspire as many as possible to take up their dreams, explore them and inspire others.
- How are you funding the trip?
We are taking our savings, quitting our jobs, selling everything we have and taking off. This is not enough for the three years for sure and we are exploring other ways and means of raising funds towards our adventure. For example you can buy our T-shirts and bracelets or simply donate through clicking the support button at the TOP LEFT of the website which money goes to supporting us during the trip. Thank you for your kindness.
- What or how does your family and friends feel about it?
It was not easy breaking the news. Family is the last you want to make feel worried or uncomfortable. We had to discuss this over and over again. It was different ways of breaking the news to different family members. Parents, kids, sisters, brothers. We knew each one would receive the news differently and so we chose to tell them at different times taking into consideration their own personal feelings. We are glad today we can say we have crossed the difficult part of dealing with the news and we have lots of support from our families and friends.
- Do you have children? If so, what are you going to do about them?
We have two teenagers. They will be 18 and 15 years when we are leaving on 2nd July, 2018. This is one question that our answer is met with many more questions spoken or silent. For those bold to ask more or share their concerns, it has always been “Isn’t three years too long to leave the kids behind?”. Yes and No. Yes because we will miss each other dearly and No because we are giving them much more that the three years apart. We haven’t also come through without deep thoughts about this. It is sometimes emotional and a draw back as much as we believe and see the deeper good. In mommy’s blog #243 why i am riding the world, she has addressed this.
- How prepared are you?
You are never prepared enough for anything in this world. However, that is not to say that one should wake up and walk blindly and hope that all will be well. We will be covering the preparation for the adventure on a separate blog post. We however would like to say that our first and ultimate preparation is in Joshua 1:7 : “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go”. Our God is our best preparation.
- Who else are you travelling with?
The entire trip will be the two of us. We however, have what we call “Travel buddy spots”. We are going to publish the countries we are visiting, cities, towns and activities we will engage in. We are inviting anyone who would like to join us to do so. You do not have to be riding. For example, if you have always wanted to visit Colombia, you can visit when we are there and join us for the ride in Colombia. The invites are open to anyone and everyone.
- Is your husband/wife Kenyan?
This is usually the most tickling question. When we meet people separately, they will always ask about the other partner being white or Kenyan. Of cause we understand that this kind of adventure is more done in the west than in Africa and are honoured to be doing it right from KENYA – AFRICA. Anyway, to answer this, we are both Kenyan, 100% so.
- How will you sustain your finances for the three years on the road?
Do we have an answer you can take to the bank or rely on? NO. We actually have nothing more than FAITH. FAITH that we shall not lack, FAITH that all shall be well, FAITH like just in the bible – John 20:29 “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” We are however looking to work for you. We will write for your magazine, review hotels, review brands (gear, clothes, equipment, food) and if you are a Kenyan Tour and Travel company we can send you clients as we travel. Trust us and we won’t fail you. You will then pay us and that is how we sustain our finances for the three years on the road. THANK YOU.
- Why are you doing this?
We were first asked by an 11 year old boy what inspired us to ride around the world. We gave this young smart chap a 3 minutes response, feeling so sharp, confident, on point and all and then he looks at us, shakes his head and says, doesn’t sound real…. And then we are there tongue tied, embarrassed, wondering what? Does he mean we are lying or we don’t know why we are doing this? The Auntie came to our rescue and said, “Go change that story, he is not convinced and may be many are not”. The truth is:
We first got inspired by our own love for travel. Then we were inspired by our kids who said, “Go for it!”, Then there was you who has never stopped cheering us – “go go go go”, and the ULTIMATE REASON we are doing this is: “TELLING THE STORY OF KENYA TO THE WORLD”
I hope this answers most of your questions but, if you still have a question about why we are riding around the world, please feel free to drop it in the comments section and we will definitely answer you.
WE LOVE YOU ALL – VERY BIG. MMMMMWAH!!