Day 76: Day of progress

Soutpiel Safari
John & Jenny
Wed 19 Jan 2011 17:54
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.