So the morning Carey arrived we went shopping and sorted all supplies before heading to Nazret to visit a potential project. Stephanie who is a British lady runs this school with her husband and seems to have done a great job so far. It was great to meet all the students and to have a look at what they have to offer.
However, the next morning we had to make tracks as we promised to meet other travelers we would meet them in Turmi, which is the last village in Omo valley before doing to adventurous route of Lake Turkana.
This trip second time around was completely different. I couldn’t believe that the people were friendlier and I had no rocks thrown at me for quite a distance. Maybe it was because Carey was in the passenger seat waving frantically at all the people.
Anyway it was a large group of us, and I was the leader as I have already done the route. I had a German couple in a big truck, a Dutch couple in a LC, a Polish couple in a LR, a Belgium & Uganda couple in a LC and a Brit-Lorry on a bike. I of course carried his fuel for him and he shared food etc with Carey and I.
Thank goodness for Lorry as every time someone’s car broke down they called on Lorry. He was definitely the most knowledgeable mechanic on board and everyone took full advantage of the poor guy. We had the exhaust and turbo snap off the truck, a diff smashed and leaking, a jammed back door, brake failure’s and the most exciting a LC went on fire from the car battery.
When the trucks exhaust snapped off we had local Omo/ Turkana people creep out the bushes with their AK47’s. In the absolute middle of nowhere, where you see no other cars etc these men are carrying A47’s. Carey was a bit nervous, but me of course not at all and start high fiving them and laughing etc. They let us take some pictures, but then demanded our t-shirts as another traveler casually handed one over before. So the other 5 men thought it was their right to get as well. Carey handed her’s over very quickly as did not like the guns swinging around. I thought the whole thing was quite amusing.
So quite an entertaining trip with mechanical issues. However the route was also completely different as the road had dried up and there was no mud and no river crossings. I was a bit disappointed as the previous trip with the two Americans was way more exciting. I can also say travelling with such a large group is not easy. Constantly waiting for people and listening to problems and conflicts. It got a bit much on our last night and we all parted ways for a bit of a breather.
However I am now back in Nairobi, barely as Maggie was jerking like no tomorrow. Another traveler here reckons it was dirty or bad fuel from Ethiopia. So we have drained her out and cleaned the system. Along with all ther issues that needed to be fixed, welding stabilizer bar, exhaust and back tyre leavers. Fixing bolts that had snapped from all the vibrations and tightening everything up. Not only that but wheel bearings, timing belt etc all needed replacing. Let’s see what happens and more importantly how much it is all going to cost.
I have been given an option to travel with another S. African couple across to the west coast. However financially I am battling and not sure ill be able to afford it. SO looking for ways to get some cash in. A pity Maggie has cost me so much so far as I had not budgeted for so many problems.
So off to the coast tomorrow to try figure out my options and what to do next? All ears are open for any advice.