Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The adventure continues... (Kaleo)
Part 2 from Wechiau: Well now that we're safely back in Wa we can laugh about our adventures in the last 24 hours. When we left off we were heading to the "hippo hide" to sleep on a platform in the trees. Getting there was an adventure in itself. Picture 1 motorbike, 1 Ghanaian man, 2 girls, and 3 mattresses. Now make it dark and muddy. Haha we made it safely back to the river side and climbed up into our giant tree fort. After setting up our mosquito nets and killing any bugs that had snuck it, we settled in for a good chat and some stargazing. We were so happy that it was finally cool although "cool" still meant being slightly hot while sleeping in shorts and a tank top and a light sheet. We couldn't believe that our guide brought a fleece blanket to sleep with. Ghanaians commonly say that they "fear the cold". Maybe telling them they should come visit us is a bad idea :) We woke up in the morning and repeated our motorbike ride from the night before. Believe it or not that wasn't the scariest transportation experience of our weekend. Our tro tro ride home was decidedly the most worried we've been this entire trip. Things were going well until we neared the end of the trip when we pulled over. We were sitting at the very back but definitely noticed a heat wave coming from the engine. Then we saw the smoke... And then the steam after something was poured over the engine. To set the stage, there are bars on the windows and there were 12 people between us and the door. We were all silently nearing a panic state as we thought the engine was on fire. The rest of the passengers seemed pretty relaxed so we stopped short of screaming and crawling over everyone. The van eventually started again and we headed off like nothing happened. From what we gathered the engine overheated and needed to be cooled down with some water. Well like we said, we're here safe and sound and feeling slightly more like seasoned travellers. We just picked up Muriel from the bus and are looking forward to the next 3 days with her!