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Chronicles Of My August 12 Trip Challenge: Road Trip To Jos, Plateau State

Hi everyone!
How’s your week been so far?
And hope your year’s winding down smoothly?

 

So it’s almost the end of the year and I just don’t want to go into the new year with posts in my drafts… Moreso when the posts are eso when the posts are posts on this year’s goals.
Yes, my #12TripChallenge posts.

 

First of all, clap for moi! I believe I got the 12 months of seeing new places on lock down and might even have one extra…
And then to crown it all up, we had a singles hangout arising from the idea of #12TripChallenge, and the hangout is just metamorphosing into something that I believe God will use to bless lives.
Talk about God just wowing me…

 

So let’s get onto my August 12trip chronicles and see how I can write the chronicles of all my remaining trips before the year ends.
I hope to post the chronicles every thursday and Friday till I am all done.

 

So I think I missed the month of August and my tradition is to do two trips in the next month when I miss a trip for a particular month.
And my September trip fell on the month when I had the conference at Jos and why would I just waste my first trip to the North like that even though I went for a conference?
So here, we have me chronicling my road trip to the North because I just know that it’s something worth chronicling in here…

Setting out for Jos..

Setting out for Jos..

We set out for the trip from Ekiti State on September 30th (it was NCCF conference and I was still serving then).
We were supposed to leave by 6am but ended up leaving just before 9 and mhen, the trip took the whole day.
We got to Jos at about past 11pm at Night!
The journey was so long, you’d find me smiling a bit in the pictures below when we got to Lokoja because I had food in my mouth, lol..then gradually looking tired and tired and tired.

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Plenty rice and happy girl…lol

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Getting tired of the trip..

Getting tired of the trip..

We passed the place where River Niger and Benue meet… that’s the confluence, and then saw a bit of Zuma rock when we passed through Abuja.

Peek of Zuma rock

Peek of Zuma rock

 

Bridge over the confluence..

Bridge over the confluence..

From then on it was roads of plains and plains, some Northern towns, Nassawara, etc, etc.

 

One of the NCCF buses had a little accident but we thank God that casualties didn’t result to something else.
We had to tow one of the buses to Jos as it suddenly stopped when it was about past 10pm and there was no option but to tow it and drive slowly down to the camp where the conference was to hold.
Through it all, God saw us through.
And finally we got to NYSC Camp at Mango Jos.
And I made sure to take a pishure with me and my cooler and small luggages πŸ™‚

Arrival at Mango, Jos!

Arrival at Mango, Jos!

Me and my then nysc I'd card, we were told to show it at the gate

Me and my then nysc I’d card, we were told to show it at the gate

Got into the camp and my room and from the next morning, it was a series of time spent getting filled up with God’s word… from which I blogged on the kingdom of God here.
I also met Ugonna of the Beautiful Eagle blog at the conference.
We couldn’t chat for long as the place was jam packed and we were there for God anyway… we didn’t even get a picture together… I hope to get a trip done at Akwa Ibom soon, hope you’ll host me then Ugonna? πŸ™‚

Next day at the conference

Next day at the conference

And then 3days passed in a blur of a fulfilling time in God’s presence and it was time to go home.
I couldn’t really tour the place as we were told to be careful, Muslim State and all and for security sake were advised to be at where people were.
Jos also wasn’t as cold as we were told to expect, probably because it wasn’t the season…

Morning after conference round up and time to leave!

Morning after conference round up and time to leave!

And so we set out on October 4th back home.
And mhen, things are so cheap in the North.
I got 4 cabbages for 200 naira and then plenty garden eggs for 50 naira(based on team fit fam things).
Also I was kind of obsessed with Kuli Kuli (not sure if that was it) but it was one stuff made with ground nut that had pepper in it.

Garden egg and the Kuli kuli

Garden egg and the Kuli kuli

Cabbage..

Cabbage..

Dates..

Dates..

I bought it on my way to Jos and when I was coming back too I bought some… but couldn’t eat the stuff sef as I fell ill when I came back to Ekiti…
But we know how strong that illness made me… strengthened my faith and just revved me up even more for faith on my book journey and walking on water which I blogged about here.

 

All in all, I thank God for journey mercies… I undertook quite a number of trips this year during my NYSC to some far and mostly near places and Jos was the farthest I went.
In all the trips, there were no accidents/incidents of theft or meeting the wrong set of persons.
And I am grateful.

Plains by the roadside..

Plains and trees by Jos roadside..

In the area of taking seeing new places further, I have tried for my small self.
I believe 2016 will see me taking these trips further beyond Nigeria oh and even now, I’m asking God for free tickets for me to go somewhere and just unwind.. that will be the perfect Christmas gift for me πŸ™‚

 

Tomorrow, I will update on my September 12Trip Challenge and by God’s grace, make sure that I have no unwritten post/carryover 12 Trip chronicles into 2016.

 

And uhm, if you didn’t get on the goals to see new places this year, 2015 isn’t over oh.
This end of the year sef can be used to get in about a trip or two.
I’m planning to go to Badagry/a beach/National theatre in Lagos to wrap up the year… I’m not certain yet sha.
If I win the tickets to an exclusive tourist centre then you can guess that my other plans will be ditched. Haha.
If you’re in Lagos sha and you’re interested in hitting your goals to see a new place this December, you can hit me up at okorofrances@gmail.com and let’s see if we can make something happen.

 

Smile for the camera..

Smile for the camera..

Till my next 12Trip Challenge chronicles,
Love,
Frances.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    graciemama
    December 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Awww….I’m so glad that your trip challenge influenced me to take mine. Thanks darl.
    The situation in Jos pains me till date. The beautiful Jos I had longed to go to and i finally went there in 2010. I served in Gombe so I decided to take a flight from Jos to lagos. Gombe to jos was about 3 hours and then i paid a cab man to show me around. The weather is too beautiful and i was pained about how the crisis had destroyed a great tourist area. All join sha, I will still like to visit again sometime.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Awww Gracie..you’ve been there before…I would have loved to see the town..but even the camp we were at they were scared of letting us go round.
      God is working on our country…peace round about is our portion in Jesus name, amen

      and high five at your getting revved up through the trip challenge…it thrills me to no end πŸ™‚

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