Quite a number of the roads in the Oyugis area are impassable by motor vehicle. This is sometimes because harsh weather conditions make them impassable to even the most rugged of vehicles. In many cases it is because the road is simply too narrow to accomodate anything of significant size. In other cases, there are various other reasons why this would be a preferred or necessary option.
It is more economical than driving, and in fact sometimes faster than driving, and certainly faster than walking.
Negotiate with the "driver" first before using, just as is necessary anywhere else in Kenya.
Bicycles all over Kenya are used to transport an astonishing variety of articles, including some things that are extremely heavy (water barrels filled with water from the nearest drinkable source, for example) so moving people is just the beginning of the skills and strength involved in this form of transportation.
Due to the number of deaths in the community, and the gradual acceptance of death being a fact of life (rather than the hidden non-discussion of death that apparently ruled Luo culture before the HIV/AIDS epidemic), Oyugis has become well known as a community that builds coffins of excellent quality. In a number of places on the streets through town (and primarily the most trafficed paved main street) you will see quite a number of stores with coffins on display out front.
While it may be a grim reminder of the situation surrounding the city, to those dealing direclty with the medical problems associated with the AIDS/HIV epidemic apparently this is a huge step forward compared to the complete failure to discuss mortality before the epidemic.
So how do you store your food if you need to keep you goats and cows out of it, and plastic containers haven't been invented yet?
My understanding is that these traditional food storage houses used to be fairly common. They are woven from nearby grasses, and are enough to keep the rain out on top, and the doorway is high enough to keep animals and the smallest of children out as well.