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February 11, 2002

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From Nairobi it costs a day's ride and a $20 bus ticket to reach Moshi, Tanzania, where we'll start our Kilimanjaro climb. Tourists choose among several routes to top Kili. We chose the Machame route because it is supposed to be the hardest and most scenic. We'll probably regret that 'hardest' bit.
Driving through Tanzania, we passed fields of sissal, strange looking plants grown for their fibrous material.
Kilimanjaro is composed of several peaks. The highest, Uhuru, is on the left and over 19,000 feet high. The smaller peak on the right is called Mawenzi.