Our group of 4 arrived safe and sound just before noon. The only incident to be had a was a flat in Ti Tayen, but they were in Ti Tayen where there was a Boss Couatchou (try saying that 10 times really fast) so the flat was fixed and they were back on the road.
Chris was able to take Route Neuf in and out and was impressed with how speedy and orderly things were. It’s exciting. It means 30 less minutes of obnoxious, unmerciful potholes. Apparently the road was not kind to Chris today and he’s feeling abused. He had to take the KIA because the VW is being cranky and needs some love so it only gets short trips for now. Don’t worry, the KIA cab is still attached to the frame – at least as far as we know.
Our visitors are 4 adventurous young adults from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Canadians. Canadians who know where my hometown is. Sigh. We had a good lunch where we got to speak lots and lots of English and use our manners and be very courteous with one another. We are Canadians. It’s all we know how to do. They’ve been in country for a week and were SUPER excited about the sandwiches I served at lunch. Actually, sandwiches are kind of a treat for us too so we were equally excited. They’ve been on the rice and beans diet for 7 days and were more than ready for some good ol’ Canadian food. We’re having lasagna for dinner. If I keep going this way they won’t want to leave.
It started to rain while we were eating which was a treat. We haven’t had afternoon rain like that in a long time. It drizzled for over an hour but that hasn’t stopped our Canadian friends from taking a dip in the ocean. They’ve been working at an orphanage for the last week playing with kids, teaching English and helping with a construction project where they’ve been mixing cement and sifting sand. Tomorrow we’ll put their new skills to work and have them build filters and sift sand and gravel with our staff.
Well, everyone is chilling out and I think I might go do the same for a while. I’ll try to post pictures soon.