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July 18, 1971

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well I’m still in Arusha. The work on the camper took longer that I figured. Besides getting the rubber bumpers for the springs put on, it turned out that the frame needed straightening also, so that took some more time. I also got a carpenter to put in a water filter. As I’ve mentioned before, getting clean water in some of the areas can present quite a problem.

I got the bike out of customs on Monday. The charges together with the shipping up from Tanga came to $225. Getting it registered here and licensed came to another $150. It was expensive but all here felt it was worth it, since most of the initial cost was donated. Not a scratch in transit and it started right up when I put oil and gas in it. I took it into the bush this week and put about one hundred miles on it. It really is the bike for this country. I had ironworkers put a frame on the front of the camper for carrying it. I’ll use the camper as a base of operations and work out from it on the bike. I’ll let you know how it works out. Vince came in last Monday for the priests meeting and we hope to get off for Kijungu tomorrow.

It’s quite cool here in Arusha. Not like winter at home of course, but in the fifties and sixties, which is quite cool for out here.

Love,

Ned

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