Korhogo Cote di vore

Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The friday night saga carried on... rats or bats in a tin roof, not knowing where the toilet is and discovering the the purpose of the kettle!

Saturday morning; the night before our guardians had said the colonel of the border post was staying next door and that he would help us if we paid for his taxis to get to work...Erm ok then! We woke up at 6 (not easy having a lie in when you're terrified!). The Colonel was up and about by 7 and onto his 3rd beer by 8am...it looked like the start of a long day!

We eventually got going but after a huge row over the taxi etc we were helped out of town by a local man who I think just wanted everyone to go.

5km out of town and we had a ferry crossing (still a novelty!) and suddenly the drunk one eyed colonel turned up..,very officially barking orders and snatching my money to pay the ferry, waving his hand he said we were free to go... Still not sure from what?! We left him urinating on the side of the river!

We had 175 to cover to the town of odienne on cote di vore and with 6 hours or so we thought it would easily be done... How wrong!

Roads were a nightmare again, average speed was 20km per hour so progress was slow! We started to worry about sundown as we haven't seen anyone or anything for some time. Upto now we had only heard awful things about cote di vore and bandits and crooked soldiers etc and all advice is don't be out after dark!

Things were not looking up and we were continually stopped by gendarmerie who go through the udusaly process of checking each price of palate and then marking all the details down in their scrap book... Once the only bic pen for miles starts to give up its ink!

Desperate to get to odienne, we kept explaining the need to politely hurry up bit they re assured us we would make it befor dark... What girls they must be thinking.

We were quickly running out of daylight so we stopped in the next village kele. We asked if we camp and straight away were offered a hut, hot water bucket / bath / shower. Food followed with bowls of peanuts...all with circa 50 white eyes just staring at you! We went to bed ealry and woke early only to find our host had sleep on the floor... Why would someone with so little give up his god and bed for complete strangers and expect nothing in return? Happy man. We heard him praying very early.

We left kele early determined to get to korhogo where there is apparently a tar road! It's like a promise land!

Cote di vore people all along the days people have been so friendly and helpful, I how the warnings are not proved right. Even the soldiers have become more friendly... That is once you babble on about France, Spain, Maroc, Mauritania, Senegal, guinea and après Ghana...tourism Africa! Afrique de Sud sebring!

Staying korhogo... Magic! Found a pool, beer and wi fi. Might miss the bush though..,
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