Mud, mud glorious mud.

Trip Start Jun 03, 2012
Trip End Feb 20, 2013

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We head out of Georgetown south along the bank of the Esquibo river making for the ferry crossing into the National Park and the Eco Lodge for some jungle fun.

Our driver isn't sure how far the tarmac road will run as these things change from year to year.

  We are making good time but by lunch time we are driving on potholed laterite roads. There is very little traffic, a few local buses and the ocassional truck.

We don't make the ferry before dark but find a great campsite by the side of the road white sand and get the tents up before it rains - no traffic - we are camping deep in the jungle and it is very quiet except for the frogs.

When we arrive at the ferry in the morning we are pleased to find it on our side and loading. There was a short delay while the captain had his tea and then we were off across a very flooded Esquibo river, 3rd largest in South America.

Did I mention that it was raining....

The road is extremely waterlogged but we are progressing slowly when much to our suprise there is a traffic jam!

There is a muddy chaos ahead - vans, trucks and buses all over the place. There is a small hill and the mud is so churnned up that nothing seems able to get up the hill. The large truck backs down to a drier flat area leaving the smaller vehicles to try and clear themselves.

Everyone, well nearly everyone, gets out to investigate. Soon there is wood cutting and hauling trees out of the jungle to place on the road for traction. One of the buses get up with help of its pasengers pulling and pushing. Then arrived a heavy weight 4x4 Bedford truck who cleared the hill.

So then we had a try..... Oh no now we are stuck - the Bedford has a go to pull us up the last section but we end up axle deep - nothing for it - dig it out. Soon there are bodies everywhere digging at the mud, one of the lads get right in under the back of the truck and is up to his kness in liquid mud . He was suprisingly clean when he came out!

It took 3 hours and the help of the Bedford before we were free of the mud but it seems that a good time was had by one and all, although they weren't keen to do it a second time.

We move off carefully and managed to complete the canopy walk, some people needed a shower and get to the Eco Lodge for a late lunch.

Next day it is a beautiful waterlogged drive across the south Guyanain Savannah, full of waterbirds and flooded roads. We managed to make the Brazilian border by the skin of our teeth. A great drive day.

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Mike on

Keep it coming Allison. Pictures are brilliant.

catherine goss on

I look in anticipation most days to see if you have written a blog the photos are beautiful please keep them comingI am so enjoying reading and seeing them

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