Notes are a bit scattered, but this is half way down to the Kinjavato area where we spent the night.
Didn’t sleep well I took the floor. No shower, no toilet seat,
even a spider to keep waking me up. It did have intermittent power so I got
both the phone and iPad fully charged.
7/16 8:00 Just finished Breakfast, bread guava juice, banana,
7/16 1:10 We stopped for lunch. Still not at our destination. Ordered Zebo
and beans, ok but too much food. The kids play an interesting game, they
jump on the back of the large trucks as they slow down for damaged highway.
7/16 4:00 got there. Unpacked and got the tent setup. The tent is located
on what looks like a balcony with enough overhang that it shouldn’t get wet.
Sunset was early, 5:23.
The bathroom is way worse than it was last time I was here. Cellphone
coverage was way better, I can even upload nice photos without much of an
issue. Think I will stay with FB for most updates. The humidity was really
bad till much later when it the rain started.
Can’t say I slept great, but way better than the night before.
The temperature was ok. The rain lasted all night. I got up about 3 to use
the restroom in the dark and in the rain. I ended up just peeing in the
ditch down by the road. Breakfast was way better, something like a
pineapple upside down cake with mango juice.
7/17 8:30 Mostly the team members were working on logistics. The plan is
about 10:00 to go to the market. Breakfast was .? Lunch was. ? Dinner
was Zebo with a few veggies.
Looks like gold sells for about 120,000/gr.
Requested veg I breakfast last night to avoid fried fish. Got potatoes and
rice. Tastes ok. Meetings were long but seemed productive. Lunch was zebu
greens with rice. Told the cooks to go vegi.
Dinner was Ramon noodles with a hard boiled egg.
Up at 6:00 Breakfast was soggy rice with greens, I ate half. I
did have a granola bar and a few Jordan almonds. I did read a bit before
lunch, got through about 10% of the Dark Tower book. Supervised some of the construction of the battery box. Lunch was beans and rice. I put a bit of
hot sauce on it but still didn’t finish it. Stomach isn’t doing as well
today, very gassy And had another trip to the toilet. Read a chunk of the
DT series and then we hiked up to one of the water sources. The other
source got a bit steep and very slick. Dinner was rice with veggies on it.
Up at 6:00, still have lower digestive issues. Breakfast
was fried eggs and rice. Headed out to inspect a school done 2 years ago,
and it looked good. Looked at one from 4 years back and it was also in good
shape. A school from 3 years ago had a couple of lights that were not
working, otherwise ok.
Lunch was fried potato and rice. The potatoes tasted good.
Attempted to go to Fotobahetra, but couldn’t find the teacher so no key.
Went back and worked on wiring the battery box. I just watched And gave
Dinner was even better, spaghetti with mixed veggies and egg.
Up at 2 to pee, but decided I needed the rest room. Took an hour just to
get back to sleep. Up at 6:00 for a breakfast of bread butter and jam. It
wasn’t like Germany, but I did like it. Left for Manakara about 9:40, took
close to two hours to get there. Lunch was first, but took awhile to find
the place. It was the same place I ate at 3 years ago. Had what they call
steak with pepper sauce, it was just ok, but tasted good. The view from the
dinner table of the Indian Ocean was great as was the sounds of the waves
crashing. Got a couple of photos, will try to get more. After lunch we
looked for hardware stores. The first one we wanted wasn’t open, I think
they were just closed for an afternoon nap. The second was rather small and
didn’t have much stuff. The Finne (sp?) said he knew where there was
another. We found it and it was great, they even had a toilet seat that was
clear with embedded shells and gold fish. Back in the vehicles for the long
trek home. It was brutal again, for the long haul, I plan on riding in the
van. Got back to camp about 5:20 and I threw a bunch of stuff on their
chargers while I could. They were working on dinner, but I wasn’t that
hungry. It was rice with veggies, I only ate the veggies. Sunset again
early about 5:23, it gets dark fast here. I was tired again and hit the
showers, pulled the stuff off the Chargers and went to the tent. The
roaches were out in force, one by my tent, 3 in the can, and 1 in the
shower. Traded texts with Antje a bit before calling it a night.
Up 5:50, but didn’t get out of the tent for 15 minutes. Texted Antje but
she didn’t see it for a few minutes. Rather warm last night with no covers
needed. The lack of wind makes it worse. Breakfast, sort of broke the
chain of not so bad stuff with boiled greens on rice with a piece of
sausage. I ate the sausage and some of the greens, but had a granola bar to
hold me till lunch. I read as the solar team worked on prepping for light
changes, but the plans change faster than we can adapt. Libby added enough
cash to my phone number for me to add 3G to my data plan. Lunch was fried
rice with fried potato wedges. Tasted good. Meetings today got moved
around a bit. Stopped at the school they did a year ago and it still looked
very good. A minor touch up thing to seal off the end of a couple of pipes
and maybe drill a drain hole in some PVC. The school we were supposed to do this year just isn’t going to happen. We could have done part of it, but
the unused building issue became clear and the process will wait till next
year. Back and I read a bit more before dinner Of beans carrots, and rice.
(Didn’t eat the rice). Most of the team went down to Twofers, I passed.
Didn’t stay up that long after dinner, maybe 8:00. Wasn’t able to text very
long, I was tired.
Woke up before 6 and couldn’t get back to sleep. The restroom is getting a
large hole by the door, need to watch your step. Breakfast was sort of a
cold potato salad with greens on top. Spent part of the morning reading,
but we did get over to touch up a couple of things at one of the schools.
Back in time for lunch. Lunch was potatoes again, but they did have salad
greens and passion fruit drink. After lunch it was back to reading for an
hour or so. I showered about 2:00. Next meeting is about 4:00. Meeting
went well, starting a 4 and ran till 5:45, got dark in the classroom. Back
for dinner, Ramon with egg, tasted good. The sky cleared and we had our
first glimpse of the Milky Way. Didn’t want to put on bug spray so I was in
my tent by 7:10. Did finish “The Wind Through the Keyhole”
Up before 6, Antje already crashed. Breakfast was mash potatoes and rice.
I also had a granola bar. Market day, we went in looking to see if they had
enough stuff to setup a full system. Small batteries were prices at about
$12, and some of the panels were also reasonably priced. The lights were
cheap enough, but the controller/regulators were hard to find. Did find two
eventually, but they were full systems where you connect the supplied solar
panel and the battery was built in. The smaller one was 100K but only 6V,
the larger one was 200K and a 12V system. It was odd that in also had a
built in radio. Back for lunch, which looked great and tasted just ok.
Carrots, green beans, and zucchini with rice. Dinner was pasta, tasted
good. The students went with the volunteers to a party where even Aron
danced a bit. I crashed about 9:45. Chris and Aron wandered back in about
11:30 and the rest of the gang came in about midnight.