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18 March 2019 / leggypeggy

Not all roads in West Africa are bumpy

Laundry day at the Comoé River

Laundry day at the Comoé River

Ivory Coast ferry

Ferry arrives to collect us

Soon after leaving Comoé National Park in the northeast part of the Ivory Coast, we came upon an unexpected speed bump in the road. Actually not a real speed bump, but a river crossing—by ferry.

It hadn’t shown up on the GPS, but there it was in front of us. And the place was busy.

When we arrived, the ferry was on the other side of the river, and both sides were filled with women doing laundry. They were gathering water from the river and washing in large tubs. Clean clothes were draped over bushes or on the ground to dry. One family was heading home—three on the motorcycle and the finished laundry on her head.

Coming to the river to do laundry, Ivory Coast

Coming to the river to do laundry

Within a few minutes, the ferry was being hand cranked over to pick us up. Once the truck was on board, all the passengers loaded. It took four fellows to lever the ferry on its way. Several others cranked us over to the other side.

No fee was posted but I think Adam and Jason, our drivers and guides, paid about 5000 CWA (or about A$12.50).

P.S. We’re heading west a little later this morning and will spend four days bush camping. I love your comments, but don’t expect me to reply for quite a few days.

In the meantime, feel free to check out my cooking blog. Here’s a recipe for scrambled eggs with onion that we made for breakfast the other day when we were the cook group.

Truck boarding ferry

All aboard


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  1. gerard oosterman / Mar 18 2019 8:12 pm

    It certainly looks adventurous. What a treasure chest for future memories. Scrambled eggs and onions for breakfast! On the open fire or does your bus carry a camping stove?
    It must be such a great trip.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:18 pm

      We’re using gas bottles, which makes it a darn sight easier than our first African trip when we cooked on wood.


  2. efge63 / Mar 18 2019 8:59 pm

    Kisses!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun anywhere you go!!!!

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  3. Vicki / Mar 18 2019 9:12 pm

    Actually, I deliberately haven’t commented so you don’t have to waste your holiday feeling obligated to reply 😀

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  4. derrickjknight / Mar 18 2019 9:16 pm

    Splendid photographs, especially the third

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  5. ksbeth / Mar 18 2019 9:30 pm

    i love following your adventure

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  6. ralietravels / Mar 18 2019 9:54 pm

    I’m sure the ladies would appreciate a washing machine and drier. But the thought also crossed my mind of all the corporations around the world advertising their products to achieve bright colors in your laundry, products these ladies probably have never heard about.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:21 pm

      So true. Clotheslines are hard to come by too. Will do a post on that soon. Just need to have better internet.


  7. Popping Wheelies / Mar 18 2019 11:20 pm

    That is a surprisingly solid ferry to carry your truck. I’m impressed with the apparent cleanliness of the water, as the clothes appear to be quite clean.

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  8. Invisibly Me / Mar 19 2019 7:26 am

    Such effort and strength required to manoeuvre and manage the journey, we don’t know how lucky we are sometimes with transport. Have fun with the bush camping, and be safe.xx

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:22 pm

      Ah yes, a challenge to manage the travel. We got stuck in mud the other day and had to be towed out by a bulldozer.

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  9. shawnthompsonart / Mar 19 2019 12:35 pm

    Interesting Ferry pics.

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  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Mar 19 2019 6:29 pm

    I’m astonished by the photo of the woman standing in a boat with a huge bowl on her head, pouring water into the bowl with a large pitcher. She has incredible strength and skill, but most of the world would consider her uneducated and unskilled. Remarkable how basic life is in other parts of the world. We are so very privileged.


    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:24 pm

      Oh Sharon, you are so right. If only more people realised how privilege they are. By the way, I’m delighted you noticed how skilled she was. That’s exactly why I posted that pic.


  11. beetleypete / Mar 19 2019 6:35 pm

    Great to feel ‘up close and personal’ with your ferry trip, Peggy. And I won’t be complaining about having to unload the washing machine again! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. Emma Cownie / Mar 19 2019 8:03 pm

    Looks amazing. I love the family on the motorbike with washing on the mother’s head!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:26 pm

      Trying to get a pic of four on a motorbike, plus laundry and other stuff. The other day I saw two guys carrying four cases of beer, but they declined to let me take a photo.

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  13. afterthelasttime / Mar 20 2019 12:45 am

    Fun photos of laundry day! Makes one so grateful for our modern conveniences. Question, is there any significance to the country flags and names on the side of your truck?

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:27 pm

      Those are the countries included in the trip.


      • afterthelasttime / Mar 25 2019 8:58 pm

        I suspected as much later on.

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  14. susan@onesmallwalk / Mar 20 2019 2:18 am

    LeggyPeggy – amazing they were able to fit that humungous contraption on the launch, and that it made it to the other side. Happy and safe travels – Susan

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  15. Gilda Baxter / Mar 20 2019 2:50 am

    Very interesting photography. You are having such a fantastic adventure 😄

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:28 pm

      Having a great time, but too much rain lately.


  16. Curt Mekemson / Mar 20 2019 9:41 am

    Sounds like you are just about to Liberia, Peggy. I watched plenty of laundry being washed in the lake next to our home, arriving and leaving by head load. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:29 pm

      Liberia later today. Travelling across the border at Bossou, Guinea.


      • Curt Mekemson / Mar 29 2019 2:55 am

        If you make it to Gbarnga, you are in the town where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. At the time in 1965-67, it was a town of about 5,000 people. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 29 2019 6:24 am

        We’ve been through Gbarnga. Much, much bigger now.


  17. pvcann / Mar 21 2019 1:48 am

    That is some feat, the scene could well be in north west Australia, well if I squint a bit. Looks like you’re having a great time.

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  18. thewonderer86 / Mar 21 2019 8:11 pm

    I have just thrown a load of laundry into the washing machine. How lucky we are.

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  19. macalder02 / Mar 22 2019 4:35 pm

    Africa is mysterious and fascinating but as you relate your experiences of the trip, you make it subjugating. The photos are a beauty. It’s nice to read and enjoy your trip.

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  20. Sy S. / Mar 26 2019 1:57 am

    BTW, It seems that the Ferry/Small Barge with the truck has cables from one side to the other… which is good if there is a fast moving current in the river (rain storm) or wind. I always think of Africa as hot dry and deserts in many areas, so some rain during your travels would be welcome (less getting stuck in mud).

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 28 2019 8:02 am

      The ferry crossing was really safe, but the current was slowish. Most everywhere we’ve been has had lots of jungle and rainforest. No desert yet.


  21. Alison and Don / Mar 29 2019 2:54 pm

    I’m so enjoying these snippets of your trip. Brings back so many memories for me. We had a similar ferry crossing. It seems nothing much has changed in since 1980!

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  22. jeanleesworld / Apr 13 2019 9:12 pm

    Quite the busy hub! I can’t imagine trying to hold laundry while riding a motorcycle–I can barely WALK with that big ol’ basket. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 18 2019 4:27 am

      I know what you mean, Jean. Laundry and motorcycles don’t seem to mix. 🙂

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