[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Last Thursday I had to drive down from Kitgum where I live to the capital city of Kampala and then to Entebbe to pick up our new teammates. This is just part of our journey..
The dirt road wasn’t as bumpy as it usually was. I was traveling at a manageable speed when suddenly a family of pigs decided to cross the road. I had to stop short so that I didn’t hit any of the babies. The truck behind me didn’t care about the pigs, so it swerved around and just kept flying by. After that I started going again, and just as I was comfortable at a good speed of about 50 kilometers per hour, a cow decided to jump from one side of the road to the other. I again had to slam to a stop. I barely missed the cow. If I had hit it, I would have had to pay a fine to the owners. For one cow they could charge me around $400 or $500. I’m thankful that so far we have avoided two mishaps and I continue on my way. They are doing construction on the roads, finally, after all of these years of me living here. They do things differently that the way I am used to in America, and there are not any signs up indicating where I need to go. I opt for the high side of the road and a man jumps near the car and starts yelling at me. I guess I chose wrong, so I go to the opposite side of the road and go on my way. Things are uneventful for several hours, then we are on a part of the road that is really torn up. It is partly like a washboard with lots of holes and random bumps. I don’t realize it, but there is a problem with the front end of the car and it affects the ability to control it in such places. The car starts bouncing back and forth across the road and I can’t control the steering so well. Thankfully I’m able to come to a stop before hitting into anything. I think there were some big angels keeping the car on the road and stopping before we tipped over or crashed. I proceed after that with a lot of caution, driving slower than I ever have but thankful to still be on the road. One more construction stop and about an hour later and we make it to the paved part of the road.
Sometimes the scariest place in Uganda to be is on the road. You never know exactly what you will encounter. A nine-hour drive can be as exhausting as driving in the US or other developed countries for days. Thankfully though we made it safely to Kampala and then on to Entebbe. God protected us, the people walking on the sides of the road, and even the animals.
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