[This is part five of a diary that John Mutter, co-founder of the Bamboo Bike Project, kept on a trip to Ghana in January 2011]
It’s Saturday, and we are picked up at 7 am from the hotels and went to an intermediate site where the semi holding our container from Brooklyn was parked at a gas station, and where the BBL blue truck was also parked. We all worked to off load the container into the blue truck and pickup. Didn’t take long at all. Most of the crew came out and we moved things along quickly. We drove to the factory and unloaded there. Everything was done by 9 am, much sooner that I guessed would be possible.
Everything seems to have arrived intact and nothing forgotten. There are few things that will need to be obtained from local providers but everything is set to go for training in frame building using the workstations with that will be the center of the production when things get rolling.
By the end of the morning the space looks nearly ready for serious production. The equipment that came from US is extensive, including a large band saw, grinder, full Park Tool kit (I’m jealous), drill press and system for making injection molds. Very impressive.