We needed to get to the big city of Yaoundé this week and the only way to get there was to travel over our not so favorite road which demands a minimum of 12 hours of our time to cover 312 miles. The first 4 hours covers about 60 miles, and it is an extremely bumpy and dusty dirt road.
Within the first half hour, we had a flat tire, boy was it shredded! As we were pulling away after the tire change, it seemed like that wheel was not rolling, and Roy thought right away about differential problems…thankfully it was just the inside fender frame that needed to be bent away from the tire!
We had a short but good visit with a friend, BB, who is a tailor and a gardening and fruit tree enthusiast who has developed amazing relationships with his Fulani neighbors. He and his whole village had to cross over for refuge from the current CAR conflict, and they remain together, trying to survive very difficult times.
Even though the drive was not something we looked forward to, we needed to get to the big city for business and shopping, etc. Not to mention that this just “happens” to be Super Bowl weekend. The fact that we travelled on my birthday did not deter us, although a 13 hour drive over bad roads is not my idea of a great birthday present. Sweet Mary Noren (thank you!) had a meal ready upon our arrival AND chocolate ice cream complete with 3 sparkler birthday candles on it (one for each 20 years, right?).
Thank you for praying for us, for all the birthday greetings, for your love and care!