2019 Rhino Charge – Day 5 onwards

All this was written at Oldonyiro, venue of the 2019 Rhino Charge. Due to the more than two thousand people who descended onto the venue Safaricom was unable to cope with all the data demand and so I was unable to post on a daily basis. Despite it being late I am still publishing it as a record of events. Some parts have been edited to suit the new publishing date 🙂

Day 5 of the #rhinocharge was as expected – organised chaos. An Officials’ vehicle ended up balanced precariously as one of the gabions in the camping area gave way – lots of physics was involved in getting the car back on the road. No doubt more gabions and bridges are going to give way in the next few days – that means ad hoc civil engineering works with lots of improvisation which is what we do at the Rhino Charge so often anyways! I also spent some time on motivation for the Tarpo team: one on one conversations and guidance on efficient and optimal resource use after Day 4 of realisations. I am beginning to reflect on my roles here and managing what have effectively become multiple full time roles by default. I know why they’ve become full time and I take it because the success of this event hinges on sacrifice from all the volunteers. Capoeira Balanco Negro and I keep having half-conversations, not finding the right moments and space to finish. Realisations was yesterday Brian, today is about looking forward. On a different note Jana Hajduchová is here, beer in one hand and insects on the other.

Day 6 I deliberately had to slow down and start late as I could feel the burn out and lack of sleep seeping through. David Mwaura arrived and thankfully less disoriented than he was on the recce. 8 of the 13 control officials and sponsors arrived today (4 arrived yesterday) and it was a busy few hours making sure they had all their equipment and got to their camp sites. Le Ah is the best! thank you for all that you do to help me at this event.A couple of days ago I found a beautiful isolated spot to sit and be – I went back there today for 10 minutes. Unwinding, grounding, recalibrating and presencing are my new MO, no other way to handle multiple full-time roles. Presencing I do much more and I still reflect on what Myra said on the night of day 2 around the camp fire – Myra, if you’re reading my answer to how is presencing, it has been for a few years but I didn’t have a word for it until last year.Early registration worked well and scrutineering is ready for tomorrow – the Tarpo sponsored scrutineering area looks very slick if I say so myself 😛. Highlight of the day is the chilli paneer for dinner at the AK-44 Rhino charge car 44 camp!

Day 7 was scrutineering day. Smoother than other years I must say, at least in my experience. By this time in the event schedule most of my planned work is done so I move into the miscellaneous resources pool – so I’ve spent the day doing random things. Attended the medical emergency response plan briefing: a well-defined sequence of activities should the need arise – we really do raise the bar with how we manage this event. Tomorrow’s an early start with wake-up call at 4am.

Day 8, Charge day and it rained. First time it has rained on Charge day in my 11 years of being involved. This would explain the heat and all those weather apps were totally wrong. Miscellaneous activities continued after we dispatched all the convoys from line-up. And then the heavens opened at 4pm and I was soaked to the bone. Nairobians brought their rain driving habits to the venue and caused a gridlock that took almost 2 hours to unravel. No serious medical incidents but quite a few abandoned charge cars. I wonder what the atmosphere is going to be like through the night because this rain isn’t letting up…Was great to see the smiles on the Tarpo team’s faces at Final Control despite the rain and cold. The banter amongst some of the teams who drive into Final Control is also hilarious – not sure if its adrenaline or dehydration that speaks! I noticed quite a few windscreens are still intact this year – must have been an easy course 😛

Day 9 was prize giving and HQ packing up day. Anti-climax would be a powerful statement today. HQ is ready to be dismantled already! Thunderstorms again and now the days are extremely cool, nights are cold – I even have a jacket on and those who know me know that to see me wearing a jacket is extremely rare. The ground and firewood is too wet for camp fire but we had the best team bonding experience around the dining table at the Tarpo camp – I might just live for moments like this! And I gave a speech from the heart, I hope it shifts something and triggers a change (need to start charging for these motivational talks!). Martha, I hope you’re keeping a record!

Days 10, 11 and 12. Thunderstorms. Litter Picking. Flash Floods. In no particular order. Nature is telling us that it controls us. We can plan all we want but in the end we have to respect the path nature wants us to take. Our hearts are like nature, they do what they want to do. If you fight either, you end up exhausted and eventually you probably lose. The 2019 Rhino Charge cycle has been intriguing – I’ve listened more to my heart than my head. I am not who I was and the Rhino Charge is not what it was. Change is constant, transition is important, growth is difficult, results take time. People come and people go.I am stuck to something I said in September 2018: But you take what you can in the present and let the future be what it will be.Rhino Charge 2019, over and out.

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