Today was spent traveling from Entebbe to Kamwenge – 13 hours, 9 were solid hours riding in the van. Our driver, Emanuel, negotiated the roads (or lack thereof,) masterfully.
A few hours into the trip, we stopped at the equator to take pictures at the sign.
After another hour, we stopped in Masaka for lunch. A new bypass road had been built so we were all hopeful it would shorten our overall travel time. Turns out it was NOT a completed road so after a while we were diverted off it onto a side “road”. This lead to basically a dirt path with some of the biggest ruts I’ve ever seen. In fact, we bounced around so much that Becky announced later that her FitBit notified her she had reached her exercise goal for the day – all by just sitting in the van!
Along the journey were the familiar sights I remember from previous trips; women walking with large bundles balanced on their heads, boda bodas (motorcycles) loaded with several people, pineapples, matoke (bananas), yellow plastic water jugs or household items, a women dragging firewood behind her, goats and cows randomly tethered next to the road to graze, women washing clothes in buckets in front of their dwelling, and coffee beans or corn drying on blue tarps. And then there were the ever present children walking barefoot along the road.
Before arriving in Kamwenge, we stopped at the home of Rev. Cannon James, a long-time friend of Rev. John’s. A few years ago, he had a head injury resulting in a blood clot on the brain that left him with stroke-like symptoms including dizziness, headaches, balance issues and difficulty with his speech. The 2017 team will remember that we visited him and his wife Enid in Kampala. Ruth and I had the opportunity to review a lot of his medical records and offer some suggestions for them to discuss with his doctor. Rev. James and Enid were extremely grateful for our visit and prayers with them.
Tonight we started making plans for our time here and will begin with a day at the school tomorrow.