“It’s a dangerous business, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”
These words seem to best summarize the field excursion I undertook on Tuesday. I had 2 places to go: one on the top of the Udi Cuesta just South of Agwu, Enugu state. The other was the Ugwnwanne hills (which I recently blogged about) about 2-3km to the south-west sticking out of the wide plains that border the escarpment. Why I went to those two locations will be the subject of another more detailed post.
I went alone and the plan was to get to the top of the escarpment (halfway up actually) on the road to a village called Ugwueme and after looking around (which is just what the one day trip was about) hitch a bike or most likely walk down, following the road and going almost in a circle to the hills.
Everything was going according to plan; I got to the first location , took some photographs and notes and then, I stumbled upon a footpath leading down hill and I was thinking: ‘I could get down the hill by a straight line from here and there will probably be foot paths all the way. If I get to a dead-end I can always turn back.’
I then discovered I couldn’t actually trace my steps as one footpath ended in a farm which I had to cross to another footpath which ended in another farm and so on. It wasn’ t the farming season and as the farmers come form the surrounding Agwu town and Ugwueme Village I did not see a single soul. I could see my destination in the distance though and I kept going through burnt out bushes and along dry river beds and more paths.
I was afraid concerned about snakes especially on trees which I avoided and was a bit relieved to stumble on my destination after nearly 2 hours of almost hopeless walking through the bush.
I still had to walk a long way to the express and hope to get a bus to Enugu but I did not consider that as much after all I went through. I did not even notice how dirty I was until I got to Enugu and noticed that people tended to stare in my direction…If only they knew.