And Thou shall not travel on a Sunday!

(English below)

Goeie middag uit die warm Suide van Ethiopië!

Ek kon toe nie gisteraand die Keniagrens bereik nie. Slaggate en modder het my ry stadiger gemaak met die gevolg dat ek 200 km voor die grens gestop het.

Vanoggend het ek die saligste van alle ry tot op die grens gehad. Die pad was lekker, vir die eerste keer in ‘n week het ek sonskyn gehad, en alles het net perfek gepas.

Toe kom ek op die grens aan. Die grensdorp Moyale is in twee gedeel, die Keniadeel en die Ethiopiëdeel. Beide is maar wilde Wilde Weste karakters. In elk geval, toe stop ek die KLR langs ‘n man met ‘n AK wat die grensoorgang oppas.

“Welcome to Ethiopia! (Ek was nou net vir twee weke IN Ethiopië). I am so sorry but customs are closed on a Sunday.”

Nou sit ek vanaf elfuur op hierdie pragtige Sondag en wag tot Maandag agtuur vir customs om ‘n stempel op my Carnet te druk.

Nota uit my dagboek: Om in Afrika te reis, moet jou KOP en SKEDULE baie BUIGSAAM wees.

Ek begin dus nou eers Maandag aan die berugte Noord-Kenia pad te ry.

Geniet vanaand se finaal en afsluitingseremonie!!

Sondaggroete

English

Good day from a warm Southern Ethiopia!

I couldn’t reach the Kenyan border last night. South of Awassa there was a stretch over the mountains with many potholes and a few pieces of bad mud that slowed me down. So I called it a day 200 km before the border.

This morning I left early and had the most wonderful ride to the border. For the first time in quite a time I had sunshine, and the nature was stunning. I enjoyed every second on the KLR.

And then I reached the border. The border town Moyale is split in two, the Kenyan side and the Ethiopian side. Both sides are Wild Western kind of towns. One rather passes through and stay only if you have.

And now I have to stay another night in Ethiopia.

I stopped the KLR next to a soldier / policeman with an AK 47. He was friendly.

“Welcome to Ethiopia! (I had been IN Etiopia for two weeks now). Ah, there is a slight problem. Customs are closed on a Sunday!”

So, since 11 o’clock this morning I am sitting in this town at the border, waiting for Monday 8 o’clock to come so that an official can stamp the Carnet so that I can go through to Kenya.

Note from my diary: When one travels in Africa your head and your riding schedule must be FLEXIBLE!

I will start the notorious Northern Kenya road only on Monday.

Enjoy the final game this evening!

Regards

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