Posts by Erik Hersman

Extending the Rail Lines of Internet Connectivity to the Edges

I gave a talk at PopTech this year on the BRCK and what I think it means for last mile connectivity in Africa. I believe that digitally connecting people and information is the great challenge of ours. Here’s the talk itself: Erik Hersman: BRCK breakthrough from PopTech on Vimeo. Here’s my post on the talk … read more

BRCK Eclipse Day 7 – Home Again!

We started out early from Kurungu towards Baragoi, we didn’t have any issues with bandits as there was an increased police presence in the area. It had rained the night before, so the ground for our whole trip was a bit damp, perfect for fast riding. It also created some very waterlogged areas, where we … read more

Eclipse Trip Days 5 & 6 – Many roads and no progress

Yesterday we took off from Sibiloi towards Loiyangalani and then on towards South Horr. Besides a tire puncture along the way for the car, it was nice and easy. We were able to stop and talk about the eclipse with a few eclipse chasers from Spain and they said they got a somewhat clear picture … read more

BRCK Eclipse trip day 4 – Setting up for the eclipse

6am rolled around and we all jumped up, hungry, but rested. Sunrise was amazing. A beautiful color that shed some light on where we actually were. As I type this, there is a warthog about 20m away to my left, while both greater and lesser flamingos, along with some kind of wild goose, feed 20m … read more

BRCK Eclipse Day 3 – night riders

Day 3 started a little late as we had to fix Taylor’s front forks, which had met with an untimely collision with some mud and sand the day before. He rode about 100 kilometers on a skewed front tire, which just made the sand at night a bit harder, so it was a miracle that … read more

BRCK Eclipse Trip – Day 2

Well, yesterday was exhausting. 14-hours of driving and riding later and we pulled into Kurungu. We roared off at 6:30am from Nanyuki, only to have a puncture an hour later, that cost us almost 1.5 hours due to complications. This had a ripple effect that meant getting to Laisamis at 1pm. Rain hit us in … read more

A bit of a puncture

We expect a few issues like this, but none in as beautiful of a background as Mt Kenya rising clearly behind our backs. Thank god for tire slime and air compressors.

BRCK Eclipse Trip – Day 1

This morning finds the BRCK team in Nanyuki, only about 3-4 hours outside of Nairobi. The same place we were supposed to be having breakfast yesterday, not today. A rather inauspicious start happened about 30 kilometers into the trip when the Land Rover decided it was going to have some cooling problems. After two hours … read more