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We recently rode from Munich to Cape Town and two of the highlights of our journey were the ride through Sudan from Wadi Halfa to Dongola and the northern Kenya section from Moyale to Isiolo. Both tough rides but in hindsight (!) fantastic experiences.
When we went through Sudan we saw evidence of the road construction:
I just read a newspaper report about elephant poaching in Kenya is getting worse again because the Chinese are building a road north to Ethiopia:
"But Chinese newcomers may be stimulating the local market for poached ivory. Close to Archer's Post, a desolate settlement of tin-roof shacks 190 miles north of Nairobi, dust rose from a shallow mine where a Chinese engineer in a wide-brimmed straw hat had just detonated high explosives.
From across the scorched floor of the valley came the distant clank of heavy machinery at the Chinese work camp, where rocks released by the explosions are broken down to gravel to build a new road running to the border with Ethiopia."
I guess soon enough we'll be able to ride a K1200LT from Munich to Cape Town...
In Western Africa the chinese are working on the roads as well. See the many Angola threads in this section. But I wouldn't be to worried. The quality of the chinese roads is so bad (5 cm tar on top of gravel) that within 5 years they'll be completely fu**ed up again. Then the real challenge starts, like still in Angola, endless potholes. And by the time they are ready with logging and all the trees are gone, they will stop maintaining the roads too. So the end is nearing, don't know whether that is a good thing though
This exact theme with similar responses has been made on numerous occassions on these boards. So in summary: "Yes we accept progress. Yes we are glad that roads are being built into these areas which will spur on economic growth and improve the quality of life for millions. Are we sad that we will not be able to ride that section of road which will become just like any other stretch of tar road with settlements scattered along it's length? Yes. Are we allowed to reminise over fond memories? yes."
When we went through Sudan we saw evidence of the road construction:
That gives you a choice - old dirt road - or new sealed road .. the best of both ..
if either road is badly damaged then the other becomes a possiblity ..
or if you prefer one to the other you take your preference..
---------------------- If it is anything like the Australian road 'system' .. you can always go a different way .. could be a long way around though.
people die every day because of the time it takes to reach hospital over their lousy roads.
But that's not your problem, is it?
Because of poor infrastructure, high transport costs make goods & trading more expensive for the poorest, the further upcountry you go.
But that's not your problem, you've got money enough anyway.
This is a very social thought but I am afraid that in practice the locals can only enjoy these advantages for 1 year or so. Knowing chinese roadbuilding it means the 1" tarmac will not hold very long over the poorly prepared structure underneath. And for a car or truck, driving over potholed tarmac takes longer and gives higher transport costs than over any dirtroad. If they build a road it should be done right, if not is it just wasting money, but that seems to belong to Africa too.
Hey, it's not just the chinese! I have seen so many crap roads that are in that condition only due to contractors, consulting engineers and transportation officials lining their pockets at the expense of quality road construction. These contracting companies include: - Italian - German - Irish - Lebanese - Oh and Chinese! - Oh and African too! Gil
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