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Danger On The Roads Around Parakou....

In one village:

The front car of the three-vehicle convoy
(we were travelling at the rear) annihilated a chicken,

and showered the roadside with feathers.

Soon after, the middle car was forced to brake suddenly as another car pulled out in front of it. Our driver instinctively steered his car to the right to avoid an oncoming vehicle, and into a dry corn field. He then had to fight frantically to bring the car back onto the tarmac.

As dusk approached, a large black boar decided to cross the road and, excuse the pun, had his bacon. Our gleaming blue Peugeot now sported a battered wing, and carcass remains streaked down the length of the passenger side. The knock caused a slow puncture, and loosened the light-fitting.

From Parakou, the driver stopped frequently to look under the bonnet, or play with the electrics behind the steering column.

It was dark, and the light
had become very temperamental.

Then he changed the deflated tyre, beside a kerosene lamp, with a worn out excuse for a spare.

Within an hour, another row of tilly lamps flickered at us through the darkness.

While the driver had his puncture fixed, I joined one of the passengers for a glass of Milo and half a baguette with mayonnaise.

Three long tables were set up outside neighbouring houses to cater for the wrong-side-of-midnight traffic.

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Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

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