The Gulu Truck

The Gulu Truck

There is a great difference between our trucks here in Gulu compared with those of the rest of the mission. The Gulu truck has battle scars and mud typical of our terrain.

Just before our weekly wash.

Just before our weekly wash.

Today we finished a two-day trip to Mbale where we attended mission conference. This required our driving the Gulu road twice in as many days. I haven’t captured photos of that road yet, but will on our next trip. It really is indescribable.

Our Gulu Truck

Our Gulu Truck

On our return trip today, it had rained heavy during the night so the roads were very muddy and wet. Huge mud holes littered the road and our two trucks fishtailed wildly when we accelerated too quickly. On one occasion the other truck, driven by Elder Rogers, was trying to pass a semi by driving along the side of the road. I wish I had footage of that attempt. Elder Rogers timed it perfectly so his speed and the size of the mud holes were just the wrong distance apart. As his truck accelerated, it began to leap from one hole to the next, shooting huge sprays of mud and water up over the hood and in all directions. It resembled a dolphin in a mud bog. After four or five jarring crashes from hole to hole, he gave up the chase and slid behind the semi just as I passed them both on a less challenging side of the road. That was luck, not skill. I laughed for a long time at the sight.

In the rainy season, roads erode overnight.

In the rainy season, roads erode overnight.

We often go down foot paths to huts.

We often drive down foot paths to huts.

This is a typical road in Gulu.

This is a typical neighborhood road in Gulu.

A roadway to a hut.

A roadway to a hut. Who wouldn’t want to live here?

What passes for roads here in Gulu is amazing. This past week we had our truck in 4-wheel drive twice. Once while trying to leave the church driveway and another while navigating a trail to a hut.

Boys and their catapults.

Boys and their catapults.

Catapult ammo.

Catapult ammo.

While on our walk today we came across a group of boys with their catapults (sling-shots), shooting at birds.

We love Gulu, even with its lousy roads. This is an adventure never to be forgotten or perfectly duplicated.

3 Comments

  1. You two are tough cookies. I love your sense of adventure and your appreciation for Africa and the unknown. You are not wussies. Many people would be afraid to accept a call to Africa, but my faithful parents requested the challenge. People everywhere of all color, nationality, income, and ability need the gospel and you both understand that. Just because Uganda is new and out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean you should shy away from such an incredible opportunity. I’m so grateful for your toughness to go where God needed you. And He needs you in Uganda.

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  2. WOW these are great pictures-love how you share with us who truly care for you and so proud-LOVE YOU GUYS SOOO MUCH GOOD JOB!!!

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  3. Nothing about the cleansing “stinky chicken” recipe? It was wonderful to spend some time with both of you.

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