Living Vicariously As A Peripatetic Shutterbug

{ More musings from the Cantankerous Old Mule }

Road trip!

Last week, on a whim and because the timing seemed right, I decided to organise a road trip to the west coast (of Madagascar, obviously!)

The idea: Escape Tana’s pollution, enjoy the bracing clean air of Morondava and get to see one of Madagascar’s most photographed tourist attractions: the Avenue of Baobabs.

Tana to Morondava is a mere 650km, via Antsirabe and the sweltering Miandrivazo. It was expected to take around 12 hours – the first part of which is like a slalom along the twisty-turny national road. As twisty as the 170km section to Antsirabe is though, the rest of the way is strewn with potholes, slowing one to even more of a crawl.

One could do the trip in a day, if one left early enough and had several drivers to share the load. I was travelling with a couple from church and their 16-month-old daughter but was the sole driver, so I split it in two, deciding to overnight in Antsirabe. That would leave around 480km for the second day, but one doesn’t really have a choice – the only other place to overnight being Miandrivazo, which, in the shade reaches a delightful 39 degrees Centigrade (102 degrees Fahrenheit). This, of course, isn’t really conducive to sleep, which kind of defeats the purpose of stopping … to sleep.

We left Wednesday mid-morning and it took us four hours to do the 170km, which included an hour to just escape Tana’s choked roads. On arrival we drove around town a bit, bought some necessities, tracked down the hotel we had booked into, and then I decided to go for a walk in the neighbourhood. Children were out in force, while their parents made their way home from work, or busied themselves with getting supper ready. The community was abuzz with activity and perfect to be “shot.”

I haven’t taken my camera out for over a month, so I was only too pleased to dust the cobwebs off both the camera and my trigger finger …

Interested in what the journey between Tana & Antsirabe is like? Go to this post I wrote on my former blog when I was a passenger between the two towns.

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5 comments on “Road trip!

  1. ru553lls
    October 9, 2015

    Good to see you back in action – I trust that the trip was good for your health!

  2. Shirley
    October 10, 2015

    Glad you got the trigger finger going!

  3. Tish
    October 10, 2015

    Glad you’re back!

  4. There_Lot
    October 12, 2015

    Warm is my favourite…look at that smile.

  5. Mabel Saul
    October 14, 2015

    Thanks for the beautiful pics and smiles

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