The saga continues into Uganda

Trip Start May 31, 2006
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Trip End Oct 14, 2006


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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Well the truck finally arrived with us about 9pm and after peter grabbed some dinner we left about 10pm to head back to Turbo, via the diesel station (where we managed to burst a tyre - but that wasn't gonna stop us at that point - it was one of the rear ones where we have two together). Finally got back to camp in turbo about 11pm, so fairly quickly headed to bed for an earlyish start the next day to take us into Uganda.

Just before the border with Uganda we stopped to have the tyre changed, not an easy job, and then we crossed our first land border, got my next visa in my passport - all very exciting, and changed a little money up, just enough to get us some lunch at Jinja as there would be a real stop for money in Kampala where we would stay that night.

So we set off into Uganda, and get about 10kms into Uganda and there is a horrible clunking, banging and we pull to the side, in a very cute Ugandan town called Idudi. You can understand our disbelief that this was happening again! This time our Drive Shaft had broken and that truck was staying put...so Peter our driver went in a taxi/minibus to Kampala to try and get the parts he needed to fix it, while we located the nearest bar (just a shack with corrugated iron roof) and settled in...that was after we had become the local attraction. Within about 10mins of our break down we were being greeted by about 10 kids within about half an hour we were flocked by at least 60 children, a soccer camp was going (Dom as coach!) and the bar really did look like a zoo as it kind of had bars round the edge and the kids were peering in at us. Very Bizarre. The break down occurred at 1.30...at about 5 pm Greg and i went for a walk of the length of Idudi and met up with a few other local kids who were playing footy with a home made ball so Greg joined in, and i became centre of attention for this little girl in the most decorative pink party dress you've seen in a long time. When we got back to the truck, the town had started to transform into a truck stop... as it's near the border that is essentially what it is at night. And the guys had decided we should improvise a dinner on the truck, so all the veg we had came out and got chopped up for a vegetable stew and we paid to cook it in a local cafe and then ate it on the truck (except Greg who decided he needed meat so went to buy some off a local market vendor with Ronnie)...all not quite the norm...but i don't think anything on this trip has been. At 8.55 a minibus arrived from a campsite in Jinja which we were supposed to stay at on our return (but plans had been quickly rearranged) so the 10 of us with overnight gear and tents got in the minibus and headed for Nile High Bungee Campsite - very picturesque campsite on the banks of the Nile (where you can also Bungee over the nile). We arrived at 10.30 and set up our tents, got a drink in and then headed for bed...one day we will get to those gorillas. Oh yeah forgot to mention the dissention in the ranks at this point, a few of the crowd were understandably getting a little annoyed with all our truck problems so there was a few raised voices in camp that night, but with little effect. We had left Ronnie and Peter with the truck in Idudi!!
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