Day 15 - Awassa

Trip Start Aug 07, 2007
Trip End Nov 07, 2007

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Breakfasted just 30km outside Dilla.  Had a selection of pastries and a teeth-furringly strong Ethiopian coffee, which is served in a shot glass with so much sugar it is unable to dissolve and sits at the bottom of the glass looking menacingly at you as if saying "go on make my day...I'll tell your dentist".  Also tried an Amharic drink called makiatoo, which I found to be a shot of coffee with a small amount of frothed milk.  There is a surprising amount of Italian influence here (linguistically and culinary) given they were only here about 6 years and were hated throughout this time (if my historical memory serves me correctly).

Was having big troubles with my clutch since my fall.  Also very difficult to start the beast at all.  Not possible to idle the engine and if it stalls can't restart.  Think problems are connected.  Was getting worried.  V unlikely to be able to get a new clutch anywhere for 4,000km.  Was getting worse too.  Rolled into Awassa (Awasa) trying not to stop at all but stalled it at an intersection and had to push it to the side of the road in gear (N being impossible to shift to)...right outside a motorbike spares shop claiming Honda parts in the window!  Serendipity shines on Mr Clark!

One new clutch lever, a tinker or two (by me!), a new bolt or three, a new mirror and a pat on the head later he was purring like the cat that got the cream and looking like a new man.

Might have a slow puncture in the rear but will deal with that tomorrow.  Booked into a lakeside hotel and had a little chill.  Getting some clothes washed and by all accounts there is a good chance of a hot shower at some point today.  Happy.
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amy_n-b on

Injera and Wat!
Hmmm... Sounds like Ethiopia is just amazing. I have to say it has been on my list of places that I really want to go, since I first saw pictures of those cool churches. And the food, yum!
Always interesting hearing about your adventures, keep them coming, and stay lucky.
PS If you are really in kiswahili withdrawal, we could comment in it :)

charlesaclark on

Re: Ethiopian food?
Hey Babe

Addis in Dar is surprisingly authentic...perhaps not as hot though and about 10 times the price! That injera does hit me in the same way as ugali, although only after a whole plateful.

Hope your job hunting is going well. Call you when I get to Addis in Addis.

charlesaclark on

Re: Injera and Wat!
Ni wazo wazuri lakini hakuna Baba Maliaka hapa na najua maneno machache tu...although...kamusi ya mtandano inapatikana. Uethiopia ni pazuri sana na wana chakula kingi - siyo kama pigcha ya television ;) lakini iko mvua sana kotekote. Kila siku. Pole sana mimi!

Ninatumaini unafurahi kuhusu mwanza na utafitui na vitu vyote. Sema habari watu wote wa Mwanza. xx

barneyandpier on

I am loving this travel blog!
I thought I had put my long distance demons to rest but this has opened them all up again. Great writing, very amusing and very helpful. Have done all other trips without GPS but when it comes to Africa everyone thinks mandatory. did you do this trip the old fashioned way with fold out maps and, shock horror, talking to the locals? I hope so as it will encourage me to get my ass out there next year
Thanks again

charlesaclark on

Maps and locals all the way (don't trust either too much though!). The only time I used sat nav was across the Sahara in Sudan when I was riding with a SA chap I met. It definitely sent us the wrong way at one point, but may have stopped us getting eaten by hyenas at we'll call it neutral.

Good luck with your trip - although it looks like you're not new to this game by any stretch of the imagination!

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