Monday, December 18, 2017

Ride with Jet - Nigeria Chapter 2




Portharcourt is the location. Was directed to meet at IjebuOde and my contact Derry will be there waiting for me to captain me to Portharcourt. What a lucky soul I was. Good news. Had a friend going to Portharcourt by commercial bus, so I released my luggage to him and I was travelling light. All I had was my back pack. Offcourse needed that on me first class as I had my water...my first aid kit and my tools in it.

Another senior biker who plies Portharcourt and Lagos as often as moving from Labake to GRA was Namjiggy who was also leaving lagos to Portharcourt but he was leaving on Wednesday and I didnt want to stay another day in Lagos (budget monitoring)

I set off from CMD road following the direction I was giving to Ijebu Ode. Fuel light flashed in somewhere in the middle of the road, so had to stop by to top up. FOR THE GHANAIANS CAN YOU BELIEVE IT COST ME LESS THAN 2,000 NAIRA TO FILL MY TANK. THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO GHC20.

Where as in Ghana it will cost me about Ghc65 - Ghc70 to fill my tank (6,500 - 7,000 Naira)
Let's continue...Naija is an oil rich country but surprisingly Lagos had the saddest and most shameful roads one could ever think of. Driving and riding in Nigeria needs extreme care to be taken or else one is at high risk of losing his or her life.

Tankers and truck driver don't give a damn about you on the road. Again it is how big you are. In fact I was pushed off my lane that I had to drop off the main road but I was already cautioned so I wasn't surprised. Trucks weave on the road to dodge potholes not thinking who is on their side or on the other lane.

Even if overtaking a truck, one must do it with absolute care and swift movement. No waste of time.
You also have to think for yourself, other drivers and other road users. In fact Lagos riders are extremely good alive and still riding. They are really at risk all day. Already heard a lot of hits on the 3rd mainland bridge. The driving experience I had on this bridge says it all. Sorry Lagos bikers but you know your terrains and style better. Keep safe.

I blew past my turning area and headed Ibadan. Owwww Jet sorry...you have missed your road that was what my Google map was telling me as I decided to stop after It feels like I have ridden enough to see this famous Shagamu overpass. May be Dr. David Prescott's "babalawo" was inviting me to Ibadan so he can cure my social media craze...Lol  😂 😂 😂.
Sorry Doc. Not this time.

Wondering how I got Data....Blow again left me with his AIRTEL and Spare phone fully loaded and agreed to pick it up when we meet at Benin City for the BT.  😍 😍 😍
That's what I call a brother. Real meets Real.
*Blow .... Blow... Blowwwwwwwww.*

I should write another chapter titled *"Meet Blow"*
Google asked me to return and head back. I obliged and on my way decided to be sure if I was on track, asked a police man who panicked when I stopped near him. I could already feel fear in him but he gathered the courage and directed me.

Have you ever been directed by a typical Naija man?. He didn't miss the number of junctions on the way. His direction was so detailed that he was better of than Google maps but ended up confusing me for over-direction..Lol. 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 I thanked him and headed back to Shagamu overpass.
He insisted that the 3rd overpass is Shagamu. Now see me on my bike like a class 1 school boy...counting every overpass i see.

One (1).......Two (2).....and Three (3). This is Shagamu no doubt.
All this while I was already feeling for Derry as our meeting time was supposed to be 6am and I was still on the road and it was 7am.
Blow again managed to reach me and communicated to Derry about my where about just to calm and assure him I was on my way.
Then with some acceleration I got to the IjebuOde...our rendezvous point and Derry was already waiting patiently. No time to waste we got fuel. And he advised that I remove my number plate so as not to attract so much questions because in Nigeria you can ride your bike without bike registration and no one will bother you. Ghana?, No. You will be the feeding system of a policeman's entire family when caught riding an unregistered bike.

My best part and in Derry's voice *"Jet we aren't stopping for any check point unless necessary, if I move ... you move just like that"*. I started wondering if Derry relates Ludacris. Alright ... Yes Sir was my response. 1st gear down...5 up...we were on the road after bypassing the neutral gear. It was a mixed feeling ride as roads were bad from Ijebu Ode all through to Ore.Stopped to get fuel and to re-hydrate...cleaned visors and continued. Derry an experience rider wasn't feeling a good balance of his back rim so stopped to adjust the setting and "voilaaaa". Settings were wrong initially.

After the resetting...it felt better.
Ore had sweet roads and it made me miss my speed gurus of 299kmph squad. But how do I pass my Captain when I don't know road. Derry-aboard a 2015 Yamaha Tracer with max speed of 240kmph (I stand to be corrected). However Derry who is a good rider and with our constant speed of 220km we soon arrived at the most mentioned area in Nigeria .... *"Warri"*. Ehhh is this warri?. Nice place.
With all I heard about Warri ...my expectations were not met. Thought I was gonna see a bad area with scattered mess all over. But to my dismay was a beautiful place with first class road.

Plying these good roads were "Keke" (tricycles) painted Blue and White all over.
I couldn't pass through Warri without taking a picture. *My Road Marshall John Wilson will tell you...Pictures makes memories*

So i took some pictures I can show to my unborn kids  😂 😂 😂. *Kelz Mama note*
Before Warri at Benin bypass. Derry who failed to zip his jacket pocket well after plugging his phone to a power bank few minutes earlier lost his phone. We took sometime to search for it but we only got the damaged power bank. Sorry Derry.  😔 😔 😔 It was at this point of Warri road that I took permission from Derry to allow me Blaze at unlimited speed (borrowed words from my Ranger partner aka *Dragon King* Sofiyea Moses)to feel the performance power of the 2015 Honda CBR 1000rr Repsol edition...#JumboJet.

Permission granted. I was like Derry thanks  👍🏽 💪🏾 👌🏽 🙌🏾
I blazed till I got to 280km and my balls couldn't go further since I was still new to the roads. By the way the best part of my trip so far was Warri to Portharcourt road. The road was heaven on earth. With some sweet wheelies I enjoyed the ride to the max. A stuntman can never enjoy his ride without a stunt session blended in the ride.

With the high blazing, fuel consumption was high as well. So my fuel light came on. Tried signaling my Captain to get fuel but he couldn't see as his concentration at that speed was needed more ahead than behind. I pulled over to get fuel with the intention that my Captain will stop and wait if he doesn't see me behind.

Shortly after buying fuel and again 2,000naira (ghc20) to fill my tank, I was back on the road. There I saw my captain riding back to see what was wrong with me  😍 😍 😍 Wowwww... senior Captain cares. Informed him everything was fine. Just got fuel...he quickly cautioned me to be mindful of where I buy fuel and that some places have very bad mixed up fuel. In my thoughts I was wondering why a country rich with oil will be having some fuel disbursing outlets selling bad fuel. But well question for the gods. Innit?

Back on the road, we rode hard and few minutes after we got to Bayelsa where we had a pit stop. Cold water into the body....Cold water onto the body to cool off. Rested a bit and Google again. said we have less than 35km to hit Portharcourt.  Next we were in Portharcourt town . With some traffic, we weaved through like pro-bikers in the heat of the sun to finally docked at Ride Safe - GRA near the Polo Club. Owwww it was one of the greatest bikers I have ever known called Osa Cookey aka D' King's palace.

Couldn't wait to see him and say hello. He was having his lunch. Walked to him as courtesy demands to say hello.  I was invited to his lunch but I had already made arrangements at Labake - a hangout pub for hardridaz belonging to their President Okiki Olubobokun aka Heavies. Spent few minutes with the Boss (D' King). Guess who i met here... We call him Aboki Jepro (funny guy). He made me feel at home merhnnnn. Derry assisted me to Labake. My final destination. Helmet off....balaclava off...gloves off...jackets and spine protector off....boots off.....it's was all glory to God. I made it.

Portharcourt bound. Over 1100km journey achieved successfully. No qualms. Settled with a local Nigerian meal Eba and Okro soup but no coke. Sprite was the alternative. I enjoyed the meal as I wasn't petty with food.

The fun increased as the night drew nearer and hardridaz came in their numbers to welcome me. What a lovely moment when I finally met the lady I dream about always Kelly Jumbo. Is she the reason I came to Nigeria or she is just my soul mate.? I leave this for another day. We sat all round a table of men throughout the night with about 10 to 15 hardridaz. Some came and left. Lukeman my main man was around. Amara aka Specie and co were all around. What a happy time to share with hardridaz. Can't explain the excitement and happiness. I felt like a star. Portharcourt riders are awesome.

Amorosa a WhatsApp group friend for years showed up as well and gave me that warm welcoming hug  😍 Kelz Mama had already done my reservation at the Swiss Spirits Hotel in Portharcourt.  😍 😍 😍 Had a one on one with the President of hardridaz and the entire plan of leaving on 26th to Ghana after BT changed. Now I was supposed to stay for another 1 week as my favourite MC hardridaz MC were celebrating their 10years anniversary. How can I miss this? The President threw in an offer to accommodate me for the entire week on his account.

Engr Sam. A hardrida and a club member in Ghana from Hotwheels MC offered to take care of all my food and beverage cost for the period. How else can i thank this men of honour. Why wont i feel like i star. It was just an experience I never expected. Good men everywhere around me.
Thank you Mr. President of Hardridaz and your entire crew Thank you Engr Sam. All this while I was missing some one so dear to me whom I hadn't seen yet. They call him the Dragon King. He is the Game Changer and you can call him Ranger but Sofiyea Moses is the real name.

I borrow his words all day. He is the lyrical content messiah. He had just arrived from the USA and yet to fly into Portharcourt from Lagos. He had organised a mini party tagged *Frenzy mode activated with Jet*on his arrival. 7pm sharp following day. Mr. Austin Onwubiko and his friend biker from Owerri from Ondo state about 1 hour ride maximum were around Labake to say hi to Mr. Jet. Wowwwwwww. what have I done to deserve all this attention.

Met Mr. Austin another passionate biker in Accra in Alisa hotel years back. I guess the good deeds of yesterday was already paying off. Thank you is all I can say.

The next day was Bole & Fish parole (Roasted ripe plantain and fish stew. There was sweet potatoes as well)...... 😜 😜 😜 😜 😜 with Amara, King D, Kelz Mama and Guvnor. Lovely people. Then Port Harcourt welcomed me with good showers of blessings(good rains) that nearly affected our Bole & Fish plans but as determined as we were. We were not going anywhere without BF. And finally the showers were over and the BF was on.

Same night at Dragon King's residence. ..it was an all blazing night with cakes....ice creams...drinks....and meat with good music. We had mad fun and we took beautiful selfies. Uncke Charlie was there...and my all time pal Akpos aka Scorpion King was present.I was happy because my Kelz Mama showed up too. The only biker lady who makes me feel complete. A short night of fun and merry making.

Thank you Sofiyea Moses. You are the man. 👍🏾 👍🏾 👍🏾
Had to leave early to spend time with Austin and his colleague from Heartlanders in Owerri. We spent some time together and apologized for keeping them waiting.

*Appreciation*

Derry (good captainship)
Kelly Jumbo Kelzmama (for taking care of all my logistics and the treats)
Okiki Heavies(for the Accommodation offer)
Engr Sam (for taking care of my food and beverage)
Lukeman (brotherly love)
Akpos SK (brotherly love)
Namjiggy (brotherly love)
Sofiyea Moses DK (superlative blazing in Frenzy mode)
Osa Cookey (brotherly love)
Jepro (Brotherly love)
All Hardridaz (too much. Chop knuckle guys ) 👊🏾 👊🏾 👊🏾
Oga Lateeph (wonderful person)
Allan (brotherly love - He wanted my bike badly)
Ahmed (blood brother)
Austin & his friend (brotherly love)
RJ (nice personality)
Back in Ghana.
Eloise Rodier, John Wilson Fiifi Hayden, Murray-Bruce Fitzgerald Lisa, Hot wheels Ghana MC family, and everybody who checked up on me.
Fans I wont forget for keeping me to the challenge.
Chapter 3 was the Calabar ride......keep reading.

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