Memories of a Road Taken

I am not sure that this blog fits properly into the week’s photo challenge since the description of the challenge also includes the concept of experiencing something surprising on the road.  I suppose that seeing things for the first time in far-away places that you are very not familiar with very often presents you with the unexpected and includes the element of surprise. So, hopefully, these pictures are not too far off the mark in addressing the theme in spite of my hesitation….

This is a nostalgic trip down memory lane with reminders of a visit that we made to West Africa many years ago.  During the course of that trip we made a road trip from Dalaba, Guinea, to St. Louis , Senegal, and back, with a stop along the way in Dakar.  Everything we experienced was new to us!

Even though the roads that we initially traveled on during this trip were paved, the travel experience was more suited for the adventurous because of the state of these roads and the nature of the driving.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAComing out of Labe in Guinea and on our way to Tambacounda in Senegal we found ourselves on a dirt road that stretched into the distance.  In fact the dirt road runs for over a hundred miles.  The fact that a main road connecting two countries was actually a dirt surface was astounding!   But life is tough for the people of Guinea even today.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe finally got on to a paved road closer to the border with Senegal.  (The construction of this road was funded by the Chinese government.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe highways in Senegal were for the most part in good shape.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis thunderstorm in the distance looked quite ominous.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey had some good local roads.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe encountered some older forms of travelOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand some strange advertising.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVehicles were overcrowded with people taking up every inch of space both inside and outside the vehicle.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe extent to which the vehicles were overloaded was amazing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe encountered crowded roads in the cities and towns.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe finally headed back to GuineaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand back to the dirt roads leading to Labe.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeople live simple and very often happy lives in places like this in spite of the absence of modern development.  They tackle problems on a day to day basis and let the future take care of itself.

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K. Joseph

I am an engineer by training. I am exploring new horizons after having spent many years in the Industry. My interests are varied and I tend to write about what is on my mind at any particular moment in time.

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