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Yet another long journey (to Moshi)

3rd November 2010

We leave at 6am, hoping to get to Moshi by 4pm, but somehow get seriously delayed until 7pm. It’s not always obvious what causes delays...

The journey itself is not unpleasant, just long. We pass field upon field of spikey sisal plants. Their green contrasts beautifully with the red earth, so I name the area „African Tuscany“.

The smell of burning charcoal accompanies us on long stretches of the journey. In every little village large charcoal bags are awaing collection. I wonder how soon soil erosion will become a serious problem...

I also love driving through the Usambara mountains and the plains that are surrounded by mountains.

We are playing „Spot Kilimanjaro“, which is apparently harder to spot than a leopard, despite its considerable height.

Just before sunset, its peak shows above the white clouds. There is very little ice left at the top, and I am not sure we would have been able to spot it if it had still been covered completely in snow.

It’s strange, seeing just the tip of a mountain that is about 6km high.

We are approaching Moshi, when we get into a serious traffic jam. We have to be weighed to cross a weighing bridge and so do lots of other vans and lorries. Trouble is that some lorries are standing diagonally across the lanes, so that no-one can move...

It is already dark when we look out for our hotel. A local lad finally leads us to a hotel with a very similar name where we can camp in the back garden...

Posted by TTraveller 09:20 Archived in Tanzania

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