Travelling to Calabar...nearly there!

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


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Where I stayed
Free camp 10km North of Obubra

Flag of Nigeria  , Cross River,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Great night's sleep! Rain cover three quarter on. QED! We said goodbye to Suluman and Stanley and headed off aiming for Calabar!

We passed through the town of Asaba and shortly after I spotted a huge bridge (just before Otinsha). The bridge was traversing the huge, wide River Niger). Months ago, we crossed the source of the Niger back in Guinea. Here we were at the product of that source. The Niger delta, This was quite a moment!

Driving through Otinsha was crazy with its potholed roads, people staring and then suddenly a crowd of about a hundred men came screaming up alongside the truck!  You would have thought we were Chelsea football club returning to London after winning the Champion's League (this of course happened last month back in Kokrobite).

Later on in the morning, we passed through the hilly town of Enugu. We a truly in rainy season. The heavens opened just before we arrived at Abakalili. It rained like cats and dogs. On we continued and late afternoon, we stopped to undertake possibly our most challenging shop for our evening cooking.

This small town was typical of many such places of similar size in Africa. Many small shops each selling similar items. This is the way in Africa. People are just trying to make a living. We managed to buy onions, okras, cucumbers and a few bananas (possibly every banana in the town!) and some breakfast items. We were barely able to spent half of our 3000 Naira budget.

As we arrived at our free camp, the heavens opened again so it was cooking under the tarpaulin. No problem. If the rain means cooler temperatures, I welcome it. I retired early (9 o'clock).


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