Day Three Akosmbo to Asikuma
Like our previous days the temperature and humidity are high. Today’s route takes us to a peninsula which juts into Lake Volta. We’ll take a boat from the end of the peninsula across to Doti and then 21 km to our hotel. Today is the day we really needed he mountain bikes. Our road surfaces varied from smooth pavement (in the Volta River Authority area) to chi/seal to potholes to dirt to rutted sand with a few mud holes thrown in. We also managed to find 2,900 feet of climbing today.
The beauty of the country is undeniable. The green hills are true to the travel posters and movies you’ve seen. The people of Ghana are polite and resourceful. They are always ready with a helping hand or with some product or device that you must have. The desire to provide you with products reflects their desire to succeed. The markets are warrens of small booths with the same brands of almost anything you could want. Prices for commodities are virtually identical. An example of a market that works.
As we rode north, we climbed and the area became more and more rural. The roads deteriorated into potholes or dirt roads. When we reached Agayikit we stopped for lunch and started asking for directions to the dock where we would catch the boat to Doti. We reached the boat captain on the cell phone. He assured us he was on his way. We couldn’t determine the name of the town with the dock or its location. After we finished lunch we got directions to a fishing village, Kuti, which turned out to be nine kilometers further. When we reached Kuti, we had a delightful interchange with the people of the village. We waited and waited and eventually the boat did show, we loaded and crossed Lake Volta. Another climb waited for us at Doti. Finally we had a nice ten km downhill into Asikuma.
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