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Published: October 8th 2013
OK, so today started off OK... We got out of Kofftown early and pulled off 40K before 9:00. We stopped at a great restaurant on the side of the highway for breakfast and then pulled into our destination, Nkawkaw (pronounced Nacoco) around 1pm. We found a hotel in town (a modest one, definitely not as nice as we have had, but given that we are leaving first think it was suitable. So I don't know WTF is with the water pressure situation in Ghana, but seriously, it takes me 30 min just to rinse my hair because it is no more than a trickle. I want to scream! When I get home, I am going to sit in my shower for an hour just because I can.
Anyway, Barry and I went in search of a restaurant, but we could not find one (At least one where we wouldn't get sick.) There is one back at the hotel, so looks like we will head back there after. Another frustrating thing about this country is the lack of decent sit-down restaurants. They are very few and far between. We struggle a bit during the day and end up eating packaged goods
we can find in some of the stores.
OK one more rant: Everything here is fairly expensive, especially accommodations. Most of our budget this trip will be on that. On average, for a 2-3 star hotel you can expect to pay between $75-$100 USD/night. That may or may not include running water!!!
Aside from that, today's ride went much better. Barry was in better health and the highway (with the exception of a few sections under construction) was in top shape with huge shoulders. We got covered in red dirt travelling down a dirt road detour. One thing that really stood out today, is again how friendly Ghanaians are out in the countryside. We stopped by a school where I think about 100+ kids came racing to see the 2 Obrunis on bicycles. Barry had them doing YMCA it was really cute - until they started asking for cash... They all wanted cash... I seriously don't know where this comes from... Kind of sad really. There were a few other instances during the day that Barry and I were trying to strike conversations with the locals
We spent some time wandering around Nkawkaw - Not much
else really different here - It's nestled in the mountains so some spectacular scenery combined with some colonial architecture makes a really good backdrop. Having trouble finding any history on the place so unfortunately I cannot relay any. It's the last major stop before Kumasi so a bustling city. Anyway- I was getting really cranky (That's the hunger talking) so we decided to use the Internet before heading back to the hotel. Tomorrow we head to Kumasi, which we think is about 100Km or so. (they have very few mileage signs on the highway and the few they do have are very inaccurate) Hopefully we'll have another short day of riding. Kumasi is Ghana's second largest city and capital of the Ashanti region, so we should find decent accommodations and eats.. (We better anyway...) We will spend 2 days in Kumasi before heading to Cape Coast.
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