Crossing the Equator-Stuck in Kampala Traffic

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
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Trip End Dec 10, 2011


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Where I stayed
Oasis Campground
What I did
Kampala traffic; Equator

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


Today we got up at 5:30 am and were to leave at 6:45 with a 6 am
breakfast.  As usual I barely made it....I had to put my used sd card
where I could find it.  Jamo was able to move the truck next to the
food building so it was easier to load with our things...but at the last minute it
started to rain hard so we had to get in fast and those who didn't make it
right away, like me, had to run to catch the truck farther away.  It IS
the rainy season.  It rained for quite awhile in the morning as we drove
through the countryside and villages.  We crossed the equator and
all got out of the truck for this important Kodak moment.
The scenery changed a bit...no
more euphorbia, now there were some palm trees that Juliet noticed. 
I saw staghorn ferns growing on some other big trees. 

We stopped at a
town for a pee stop and got some coffee.  The coffee was nescafe.  If
you want milk, you get it in a thermos with water so you can really have
2 cups if you want.  The whole thermos was filled....probably about a quart.
But I don't really like Nescafe that much.

There were a whole bunch of things that I was going to mention that I
noticed but I can't remember them now.  Oh, there was a Libya petrol
station, and a Kobil and a Hass station.  We saw more tea estates and I
tried and tried to get a photo of bunches of bananas on a bicycle or on
the sidewalk or a stand.  I have pieces of these scenes but they got cut
off by the truck body usually.  One other thing Juliet noticed was that
there were no female bicyclists and very few women in pants except when
we got to Kampala.  The roads were predominately filled with bicycles,
motor bikes, trucks and pedestrians.  A lot of people used their
bicycles like wagons...loading them up with all sorts of things:  wood,
bananas, doors, people, bags of stuff, yellow plastic bottles...of
water maybe.

Later we stopped for lunch.  The group is phenomenal when it comes to
pitching in and getting a meal prepared and stuff put away...a
well-oiled machine.  So we stopped at a wooded site, the truck drove in
and we tramped down the grass to get lunch ready.  People hit the bushes
for their toilet stop.  We didn't have spectators today but there were a
lot of people in trucks cheering our dish flapping activity.

We drove through Kampala the capital of Uganda.  It has 2.4 million
people and is quite large and the traffic is very heavy...especially with
trucks...a lot of Mercedes, Isuzu. .  We were there during rush hour I
think and it took a long time to get through.  After 40 or so km, we
reached our campsite for the night.  I am not sure of the name of the
hotel/campsite j(Oasis Campground) but there is a bar (Red Rooster Bar)
with lots of tv and loud music in the bar...and also lots of outlets. 
There was flash drive internet but I had to do too much to connect and gave up.
Juliet got into a conversation with the owner of the campground.  He is an expat
married to a Ugandan woman.  I think he has had the business for 3 years. 
He loves Uganda.  She runs the shoe boutique and clothes and souvenir shop. 
There was quite a lot of partying going on later that night and I can't remember who
told us but she ran into a working girl in one of the women's toilets.

People organized a birthday
party for Roni who is 27 today and we had cake in addition to another
excellent dinner.  And a t-shirt guy came to get orders.  I was almost
tempted but people had to choose a single design to get the shirts for
20 dollars and there were too many choices...so I may try to get one
from the Red Rooster Bar here.  I was disappointed...they didn't have any in my size.

I wonder where Juliet went?



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