16 August 2008

Crazy Rock-Throwing Man

Imagine you’re cruising down the highway at 65 miles per hour and suddenly a man jumps into the middle of the road directly in your path. The man has a crazed, possessed look in his eyes and he is wielding a large stone. He is yelling uncontrollably at you and staring at you with an intense fury. You swerve to avoid hitting him, but as you pass he hurls the stone into your windshield.

This happened yesterday on the road between Benguela and Lobito. Fortunately the crazy man wasn’t such a great aim, and the stone mostly hit the sidebar on the passenger side and leaving only a minor series of windshield cracks. I didn’t get a good look at what happened to the guy after we passed, but he could have easily been killed by a less attentive driver. I have to give Nancy (whose truck we were in) credit for her cool navigation through that situation, but I think all of our hearts were beating a little faster for the rest of the night.

Forget the potholes, add angry rock-wielding crazy people to the list of roadside hazards in Angola…

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