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Landscape changing, tea plantations and lots of rain

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Market along the road

Getting up early was normal already during this trip. I would not complain about it, because i totally agree that sleeping is a waste of time during a trip like this! Better get the maximum out of your days. And today was going to be a long one again.

It was 6:30 a.m. when my alarm went off. I got up not much after that. We packed our backpacks and broke down the tent. As in the beginning of our trip it took quite some time, we were advanced now in putting them up and breaking them down. We clocked it once, not sure anymore where we did, but we put up our two tents far within the three of us in 10 minutes. Breaking down went at least as fast. We did not have to hurry since breakfast was at 7:30 a.m.. We put all the stuff back in the truck and at 8:30 we hit the road again! Well road.

Market along the road
.. in the beginning, from the campsire, it was a very bad path. And when we hit the main road, it was that bumpy road again. We followed it for several decades of kilometers and then we had a turn to the left. It was all dry and dusty around there still.

Suddenly we had to stop because one of our tires was flat and we also had some problems with the suspension of the truck. The last one was for later, now we only had to change the tire. It took a while, but after that we were back on the road again. Several hours later we wanted to stop somewhere for having lunch. We drove off the road and while we did we took along an electricity cable. We were simply not low enough to go under it. Bad luck for some of the houses which had to live now without electrisity.

The electricity cable that ended up on our roof
Anyway, we could wander around at a souvenir show, while our cook started to make lunch for us. I bought a mini leopard and a mini giraffe there. And after that I had a nice lunch.

We could not stay there too long, because we already were in a delay. Ah well... what is a delay if time does not matter? In Africa they never tell you how long it is to travel somewhere, but only the distance. Because what can take four hours can easily take eight hours the next time you drive the same route.

After a while the landscape changed. There were more mountains and the world was greener again. We passed markets in villages and we bought vegetables (read our cook bought vegetables) from vendors along the road. It was very nice, those people always have a smile on their face I think.

Market along the road
Sometimes we saw tea plantations, although there was a lot more growing there. All the vegetables that the vendors were selling were locally. In the beginning when we started to go into the mountains, it started raining. But after a while it was raining extremely hard! The roads turned into rivers. It was almost impossible to take a photo of it because there was so much water going over the windows.

If you do not like dirty stories, skip this paragraph and continue the next one!! Although I was not sick anymore I still had some probelems with my stomach. There was no loo aboard our truck and the water was everywhere in the streets. Impossible to go out of the truck to go for number two! I had a really hard time, but in 30 minutes we would be in a major city where we would visit a supermarket, too.

Market along the road
That was my best chance. At the moment we stopped at the big supermarket I went straight to the toilets. Well, it was some of the most disgusting ones I had ever seen. But did I care? NO!!! I was extremely happy to be able to go there! The rest of the trip was much more comfortable, although it was nbot very long anymore.

We stopped in the next major town for a supermarket. There we bought some cookies to have something during the long bus rides. After a quick visit, we only had to drive half an hour more before arriving at the camping. This was quite a descent one. We put up our tents as soon as possible. We were lucky anyway that it was hardly raining at the moment anymore. But the grass was soaken wet. It was almost dark when we put up the tents. The rest of the evening we sat around a campfire, ate a good dinner and sat at the campfire again! I did not go to bed too late again. I needed my energy for a new day again!

Paulovic says:
Thanks so much!
Posted on: Oct 13, 2017
starship1 says:
Great account of your day(s) and so interesting. It's difficult when you become ill while traveling -- I can sympathize with you. Great photos by the way!
Posted on: Oct 13, 2017
Paulovic says:
Thanks for your compliment, Armand!
Posted on: Oct 02, 2017
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Market along the road
Market along the road
Market along the road
Market along the road
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The electricity cable that ended …
Market along the road
Market along the road
Market along the road
Market along the road
Market along the road
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Views along the road
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She was posing for me. :)
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They were posing for me. :)
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Working on the tea plantation
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The light green colour are tea pl…
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Life in Kenya along the main road
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Tea plantation
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Tea plantation on the hill
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It was raining so hard that the r…
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