Day 8 - GAME OVER - pikipiki stolen
Trip Start Aug 07, 2007
68Trip End Nov 07, 2007
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Hair: David Beckham
Beard: David Beckham
Distance Travelled: 1150km
Frame of Mind: Relieved
In my defence (you knew it was coming) there were no signs, no wardens, no parking meters. Why would one assume that in one of the busiest cities in Africa, with huge amounts of traffic going through it each day would require you to PAY for parking
Not much of an issue. Got them down to 100 Ksh (about a pound) fine. The main problem was that they weren't 100% carful when towing. they cracked my front suspension seal. This is a problem. No parts available in NBO (searched for 6 hours yesterday). Will have to patch it up as best as I can and cross fingers.
The other good news is I've cleared lots of the red tape that was drowning me. I am now sorted for Ethiopia (not Sudan,or Egypt, but that can wait). Only took 5 days. Ace. It involved taking a Kenyan driving test, which was hilarious and took 8 hours to complete. V intesting system:
Everyone has the same date and time for their test. They all (about 200) queue [line - Amy] up and register. Takes about 2 hours. You wait till they all finish. They then all, in turn, do the theory component. Takes about 3 hours. You wait till they all finish. They then all do the driving test...you got it...then they all get the certificate of competency. Then you can leave and drive into town to queue up some more for the actual licence [license]. Genius system.
I was a little lucky methinks. Got 50% of the theory wrong, only did 2 circuits of the parking lot with my bike, got the hand signal question wrong, had illegal plates. Was a little depressed as I would have to wait another week in NBO for another chance - but then they handed me my licence. Ha ha! Sometimes I love being a mzungu!
Randomly met a pilot friend of mine from Mwanza at the campsite. He's "delivering aid" to Southern Sudan out of Lokichoggio in N Kenya. Was going to hop on his cargo plane (with bike) and visit the both places. Sadly it all fell through at the last moment, as he had to train a new guy. Would have been a great bonus but perhaps not that great as I've just had a text about him being stranded on some random Sudanese airfield, everything going 'pearshaped'. I'm sure he's being dramatic! I hope he is!
Anyhoo, should be off to more interesting places as of Thursday. Photos to come too.