Travelling to Calabar

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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Where I stayed
Free Camp: 2km south of Otulu

Flag of Nigeria  , Delta State,
Monday, June 18, 2012

This journey has had so many hello goodbyes. I suppose this is the nature of the beast. I awoke to the call to prayer and read before breakfast. After breakfast I went for a wash in Okonfo's blessed stream. It was so refreshing. Okonfo and his children were already playing the drums and xylophone. They get such joy from music. It is heart warming to see.  So after breakfast, we set off to the sound of music. I will remember Okonfo's family.

The journey took us through Ilesa and generally in a south easterly direction.  It was mainly flat and rainforest. Just before lunch, we reached Akure and we stopped for lunch just after. We stopped at a petrol station with a naked man lying there. Yes, 100% naked. I wanted to give him something to drink but something stopped me. I thought about that man for a while. Why would I not help him? I think I know why.

By early afternoon the clouds were clearing and the temperature started to soar. I watched the countryside  go by as well  as watching the film, "Slumdog Millionaire". We passed through the town of Ouro and there some people stopped the truck with tyre stingers and demanded money to go past. After an hour or so of arguing, the stalemate was broken by a driver coming the opposite direction. I think these guys were just tying it on. Shame on them. This can often be the case unfortunately. But this is certainly not the case with all Nigerians.

We camped at a school (well a partially built school) and I sat and chatted with Suluman and Stanley after the sun set. The lightning in the night sky was really pretty. Suluman showed me around the construction site. Dinner, then bed!

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