TOTAL Gas, Kenya

Photo by Todd Monge

Camping at the TOTAL gas station, Malaba, Kenya — July 19, 1998

Photo by Nicole

It begins raining so we seek refuge on the shelves in the TOTAL Gas office, Malaba, Kenya — July 19, 1998

Photo by Nicole

Yep, that’s me, TOTAL Gas, Malaba, Kenya — July 19, 1998

Photo by Todd Monge

The next morning, we restock the shelves, TOTAL Gas, Malaba, Kenya — July 19, 1998

Photo by Nicole

Joseph and other employees, TOTAL Gas, Malaba, Kenya — July 19, 1998

Photo by Nicole

Joseph insists that we come and meet his family, Malaba, Kenya — July 19, 1998

They would have never believed we existed otherwise. Before we part Joseph’s wife gives us eggs and other food.

Countries visited - Africa 1998 - 1999

Africa route map

Our scehdule

I am not sure how it all got started. It wasn’t a magical spark of lightning that began the cataclysm, nor was it the supreme words of a higher being sending us on our way. Somehow, though, the powers of the universe contrived enabling our journey through the Heart of Africa.

It began quite innocently as an alleged trip to Bulgaria and Romania. This idea was eventually vetoed and placed “on hold” for future girlfriends. Zap—a long awaited spark was kindled—The Middle East: Yemen, in particular. And the visas were applied for, the air tickets purchased; and on a fine March 4th day we were on our way aboard a gleaming Air France 747 en route to Cairo, Egypt, via a five day layover in France.

We never did make it to Yemen, nor the Middle East for that matter; we headed South, instead, into the Heart of Africa, and what follows is the story of events as they unfold.

Egypt Ethiopia Eritrea Botswana Tanzania Madagascar Namibia Zambia Kenya Zimbabwe South Africa Uganda Malawi Mozambique