A small town near Tirana, Ibe, that I travel through to visit one of the orphanages in Elbasan has suffered a serious mudslide. Actually, there is new road construction in the area and either the entire road collapsed, or the mountain was not shored up. Either way the road is closed. I forgot to mention, this is our "torrential rain season in Albania"..for December the rainfall average is ~6".
The interesting part about all of this are the options that are in place to travel to Elbasan.
- The first option is to drive to the coast, and enter Elbasan through old, narrow highways from the east. It is 120km vs 45 km...google maps says 1 hour 40 minutes...add several hours to that figure.
- The second option is to take a small commuter van up to one side of the mudslide/debris...walk for about 5 minutes through the path that has been made, and get on another commuter van and continue to your destination. I have a friend that was told..."this detour trip increased my prayer life."
- The third option....do not travel to Elbasan until the road is open...maybe sometime in January. (the year was not specified).
Always an adventure....!