The great motorbike adventure, part 2.
By the time we arrived, it was getting dark and was too late to start cooking so the teacher appreciation dinner was rescheduled for after the program the following day (photos to come). End of the year programs are quite long, so by the time the ceremony and dinner were both completed, it was much later than we'd planned. We got back to the house to pack our things and found that the motorbike drivers had not come. One of the teachers had a bike but there were four of us going back. Since my driver had been waiting in the nearest town for a very long time, it was decided that I would go accompanied by a young woman that was with us (because she was small enough to fit on the bike with the driver and me). Our journey got off to a great start... until the engine cut out and wouldn't re-start. A couple of other bikes came by and the drivers tried to help determine the problem. It was quickly growing dark when two more came and said that my driver had sent them. My friend was concerned that they may be lying.
Finally, the bike started and it was decided that we would continue on with the teacher since we knew and trusted him. The two that had come for us, however, were determined that they be paid. I decided that it would be better to have them with us than to send them ahead angry. So I told them that if they rode with us, in case the bike broke down again, I would pay them when we arrived. As we rode, I was told stories that confirmed my policy of not being out after dark.
But, out we were and it was definitely dark. The moon was behind the clouds and there was not a star to be seen. We spent the next hour riding along the muddy "road" and walking across wet log bridges. At one point, I heard something crashing through the brush next to us. Fortunately, we were on the bike at the time and rode on. Needless to say, I prayed all the way.
When we finally reached the town, and my driver who'd been waiting for over six hours, I paid the motorbike drivers and we made the rainy two and a half hour drive back to the city. I've never been so thankful to see it.