Day 76: Wednesday 19 January 2011. Private house, Accra,
Ghana. Distance driven 26 km.
I was at Land Rover at 0700 today to stop them doing any
further work on the drive shaft, as overnight Nene Overland had come back to me
to say they would send out by courier two new shafts and flanges both with
hardened ends. By the time PHC Motors had processed the invoice and
released the car(2 hours!), Nene had packaged up the parts and they had been
collected by DHL! Forecast delivery date is Monday and I'll be fitting the
new shafts as PHC "have a policy of not fitting parts supplied by
customers". Pity, but that's their loss, not mine.
I then had every thing out of the far back of the Land
Rover again so that I could remove the storage drawers which had worked loose in
all the buffeting over the last couple of weeks. I hadn't attached them
very securely back in the UK due to shortage of time and they were in danger of
falling apart because of the attachment method. I borrowed an electric
drill and have now through-bolted them to the top of the lower metal storage
drawer. They won't move again! Meanwhile Jenny cleaned, sorted and
re-packed all our food and cooking items in a more logical and more
accessible manner and we have re-stowed everything, clean and orderly. Over
the last 10 weeks we have realised that we brought far too much "stuff" and
because of this some of it has been stowed in an inaccessible manner.
Hopefully, we have now overcome most of these problems.
After lunch we collected our Nigerian visas - they
have given us 3 months. Perhaps that is how they justify the charge of US$
130 each. It is a pity they don't have a reduced rate for a 14 day visa
because that's all we need.
We have decided to apply tomorrow for Benin visas.
If issued at the border they only give 48 hours and we want more time to try to
obtain a Cameroon visa in Benin.