|This Bike came from Ganta to Conference in Monrovia where we taught.|
One thing that has definitely changed since I used to live here were the Pen-Pens (motorcycles) that now swarm the streets of Liberia. There are still taxis and buses and bicycles but there are Pen-Pens everywhere swerving in and out of traffic making their namesake sound with their horn: "Peen Peen!".
We mostly took automobile taxis as they seem to be more safe, but I took a moto-bike taxi several times and it was quite an adventure! No one wears helmets. No one obeys traffic laws. No one stops for pedestrians. In fact, some Pen-Pen drivers seemed to get a chuckle out of laying on their horn and startling the unsuspecting as they drive by. There are some of those types in every society.
PROS: You get there faster. Can handle bad road conditions better than autos and buses. Fresh air and "cycle therapy" with the wind in your hair and all that jazz.
CONS: You may not get there! Exposed to elements/opportune thieves. Not always seen by larger vehicles.
|My big Kpelle brother, Daniel K. Biah, who took me on several Pen-Pen rides through Buchanan|
As with any taxi ride, you put your life in the hands of the driver. Don't hesitate to say, "Slow down!" Here is a brief part of one of my Pen-Pen trips through Buchanan in Grand Bassa County, Liberia.