We drove a new road (for us) to get to the game park. It was a good thing we got really good directions, had plenty of time and had four-wheel drive. It was too dark to take pictures of the road for the first few hours. We started very early.
We had a nice time in the game park, and we toward Dar es Salaam via Iringa about 5 pm.
The road between the park and Iringa was tremendously rough (and a bit long.) It took over 3 hours to get to Iringa. The main road that we had taken on the previous trip was too flooded to pass. The low-water bridge was impassable. So we took the "Never Ending Road to Iringa." That is actually the name of it. It was actually a great road. It was fairly smooth, but only one lane. It then met up with the main road somewhere after the low-water bridge.
We stayed at the Veta Hostel in Iringa. The prices there are very good (almost $10 a night for a room with toilet and shower and close to half that for the ones without.)
The next morning we started toward Morogoro and Dar es Salaam. About an hour or so out of Iringa we start into the mountains. We stopped just as we started the first decline to get some roasted field corn to finish up our breakfast. Here is a picture of the place we stopped followed by the corn roasting.
|Quick stop before entering the steep mountain passes.|
|Corn being roasted by the road. (Fast food - well, not very fast.)|
|Part of the river that runs along the mountain pass|
|Some colorful people along the way|
We saw more accidents and broken down vehicles on this trip than any previous one. It is very dangerous when the trucks breakdown on the mountain passes. Many places there is no shoulder to the road or pull-off place. MANY trucks breakdown in the steep mountains. And most of them will remain right in that place where they broke down until they are fixed. This means that the road becomes much more dangerous. Very often you can not know if it is safe to pass the broken-down vehicle. If you meet a very large vehicle at high-speed, it is quite unsafe.
|One of many broken-down trucks on the mountain pass AND on a curve.|
|Often we see baboons along the road in the mountains.|
|Deep ruts in the road.|
|Tanzanian traffic jam.|
|They had some SERIOUSLY big horns.|
|African White-backed Vulture|
|This little one looks rather new to me.|
|So that's why they have a long neck.|
|Water damaged fields|
|Two people with a new mattress.|
|Man with cart with many white bags of cargo in front of the red Toyo.|
|Baby Monitor Lizard|
The following day the Masai Market was first on our list so Rita could find gifts for the people back home. There were LOTS and LOTS of booths. As she shopped, we looked around. There were some very interesting things to watch, such as this man with his hand-powered lathe. He was making candlesticks. Joshua really enjoyed watching him for extended amounts of time. All his tools were hand-made. I enjoyed watching him shape the ebony wood.
|hand-made and hand-powered lathe|
|Fletcher and Rita heading to the water. (Joshua is already in)|
|Fletcher, Rita and Joshua enjoying the Indian Ocean.|
|Bicycle cargo style complete with helmet|
|Oldie but goodie?|
|Almost "abnormal" but abnomal will due.|
|More flooding on the way home.|
|Accident on the highway. Container still there after four days.|
|bridge damaged by the flooding, only one lane open|
|More animals on the way back through the park!|
|Mountain pass along the river|
I didn't get pictures of most of the wrecks or breakdowns. Some were so bad that I don't know if anyone could have survived. Each day is a gift. I am thankful for the gift of time today.