Road Hazzards

easttimor_075Back roads of East Timor

Here are a few pictures of what to expect if you are traveling down the back roads of East Timor.

There can be bottomless potholes, fallen trees blocking the road, and the roadway just disappearing where the bridges have been washed away during the rainy season.

These roads are also used as trails to move caribao and goats back home from the pastures in the evening.

Pigs have a nasty habit of jumping out and crossing just before you get there. The little ones can’t quite keep up with their moms so there might be a few of them trailing behind.

easttimor_033.jpg It is considered the drivers fault if one gets nailed and you will be expected to pay the owner.

These farmers often don’t have very much and to loose a pig is a big financial hit.

They go for about 25 dollars for a medium sized one and you can take it home and roast it once you paid the owner.

Chickens are another nuisance to watch out for and you always have to keep your eye out for kids especially when approaching from behind because they might not hear you coming.

easttimor3_070.jpg Going around corners always sound the horn and stay to your side because invariably a car or truck will be coming in the other direction at the same time.

Be prepared to stop if necessary.

Anything hanging in trees alongside the road is for sale so be prepared for someone to stop in the middle of the road and start shopping

easttimor_007.jpgThere will be dead pigeons hanging by their necks, fish, bags of peanuts, octopus, lobsters, crabs, pillows made from kapok, coffee, arak palm brew and just about everything else you can think of.

During the wet season it is not uncommon for the roads to be impassible.

It never pays to be in a hurry.

East Timor

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road hazards

Jun 2, 2006 www.dutchpickle.com

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