We work very hard on the bikes old bikes with their owners. These bikes were either ridden down 2 year ago on the first trip or sent in a shipping container last year.
The chief nurse is delighted when I fix a low power problem with his bike. Now the maintainance guy is trained up to set tappets by ear (since I did not have any feeler gauges).
New tyres, wheel bearings, oil, chain, sprockets, plug, clean filters (air and fuel). Other adjustments as necessary. Bikes all running very well afterwards!
In the evening we take a tour by boat around the Chimp santuary islands and have a few beers with Michelle Connolly (the Irish vet) and Declan. Michelle is running the place whilst Stella is away in the UK.
We left the Hospital with a great send off on the 21st. Had a rough drive in the 2 cars to Stella's along the very poor south road. Can't imagine what this road must be like in the rainy season. It's almost impossible to drive along it in a 4x4 and so we spend most of the time driving along an unpaved track next to the road.
Sms Spent yest fixing bikes (with 2 locals). We will have 6 runners from this trip all of which have been allocated by the hospital to staff. Tomorrow looking at bikes from last trip - all of which are being used.
Sms 21 SENs, 9 SRNs, 16 Doctors (either Cuban or Nigerian - no Gambian). 200 beds, 250 staff in total, 600,000 people to cover. Supplies from Bansul takes 6-8 hours along very poor south road (carpet bombed)
In Jan 2008 a group of UK volunteers are riding seven Honda C90s and driving two 4x4 pick-ups to Bansang Hospital and the Alexander Edwards Clinic in The Gambia.
View Larger Map I am one of the riders for this venture; a trip that will involve a 4000 mile journey over 4 weeks.
We will donate the 4x4s, the scooters (Honda C90’s) and any other supplies & spares to the charities for use by their doctors, nurses and outreach personnel. The Honda C90s are a form of transport widely used there due their reliability and low running costs.