Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The devil is in the detours.

Markie here.
 Well yesterday was interesting to say the least. We had to go to Montego Bay to drop off pictures for the kid's passports. The big challenge was that the recent weather had caused much flooding and we were detoured up and over the hill via this narrow, bumpy, winding, endless road through beautiful, but remote country. We finally got to Mo. Bay and took care of business. However, on the trip back home, the detour had another detour, which took us on a strange dirt road for about half an hour, and then another road and finally deposited us about 20 mile on the far side of Whitehouse. So, we had to then back track along the highway for another 45 minutes to eventually get home. It was so nice to get home safely and see all the kid's.
 Now let's talk about today. We had to leave this morning at 6:00 for a 5 hour drive to Kingston. Fortunately, we had Marlon riding with us as far as Mandeville, and he knows this place like the back of his hand. He had us take a detour which I would never have known of, and got us past all the bad stuff. We got to Mandeville and dropped him off and he told us which road to follow from there. We got to Kingston, no problem, and found the immigration office where we needed to be. We knew we weren't going to be able to finish today and drive the 5 hours back home, so we are spending the night here. We will be finishing our visa extension paperwork and our work permit stuff and try to head home early enough that we don't get caught driving home in the dark. Driving after dark is nasty since you can't see the potholes till it's too late. You may also come around a curve only to find a truck stalled or a person walking. Scary stuff!
 Anyway, it's all good, and we'll blog when we get home. Bye.