A more reliable Matatu!
Trip Start May 31, 2006
68Trip End Oct 14, 2006
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Our night was to be spent at Turbo, and we got in earlier than if we'd been doing the normal tour, so when we got to the Spring park hotel at the far end of Turbo we sent up our tents and walked back through Turbo. Well i tell you, i have never felt more like a zoo animal in all my life, as we walked we waved and said hello. Some people approached us to try and talk to us in broken english. The kids wanted their photos taken...after about 45mins we finally reached the other end of town...should have taken about 15mins that is the extent of Turbo and also the level of attraction we provided
By half time in the football the rain had stopped and we made for the exit, there was a hoard of kids outside who again asked for a photo to be taken...one who was 3 or 4 had his hand over his mouth and was really shy as the photo was taken but when he saw the photo the joy and excitement in his face was - well a picture - it just lit up. On our walk back through town, one kid was walking past me and as he was about to pass me put his hand out and grabbed my wrist and then let it go again...he just wanted to touch a white person...i was that strange and it was such an acheivement just to have touched me...the most bizarre thing! When we got back, ronnie said the people on our tour never normally have time to walk through Turbo - hence the response we had received as being something unique and strange to behold...it was quite an experience...one i would not have missed
The evening passed uneventfully except the wet tent for the girls who'd left there's open before our walk, and i was in the cook group for that evening so kebabs and soup and a natter round the hearth.
The following morning (23rd June) and our truck still hadn't arrived, he had got the part back and he'd been able to drive the truck (distinct step forward) but it needed a little tweaking before things would be good so had been driven to Nakaru for this. We spoke to Ronnie and he had been in touch with the boss in England who was very displeased with him moving us on (we disagree!) and said we were unlikely to move on again today even if the truck got to us, we said we would be happy to do a night drive if possible...and you'll have to wait and see if that is possible!
I didn't like the thought of just hanging around there for the day, so suggested we head somewhere, ronnie said we could go to El Doret again, so half an hour later we had another Matatu waiting for us and we all loaded in (with the plan that the truck would pick us up at 4pm and drive us back as that was the ETA we had). The Matatu we had was a dump, a driving liability, it was a rust bucket, with a door unable to close, the crack on the windscreen hidden by the creeping vine tape with little leaves and a bud. The other Matatu seemed to go supersonic speed in comparison, i think this one really did have a top speed of 15km/hr - as we even managed to overtake at that speed (with a comment of the slowest overtake in history). At one point we ended up on the other side of the road with a lorry going the other way on our side of the road and a line of traffic coming at us...but everything moves so slow we had plenty of time to get back in. So we have spent the afternoon here in El Doret, on the computer, wandering around, getting some lunch etc...Peter's eta is now 6pm...so i'm gonna chill with the others till then...Roll on Uganda...!