The trip to LaGonave requires either a brief flight or a ferry ride. We had lots of luggage, including medications, shoes, hats, and sewing machines in addition to our individual personal items which meant the air route was out of the question. The ride was an eye opener for me. Immediately upon leaving the terminal, I felt as though we had entered an alternative universe where a different history was unfolding. As crowded as the terminal was, outside was a sea of people, all looking to make themselves useful to those visitors entering the alternative Haitian universe. There were UN soldiers intermixed and also cruising in jeeps, all armed to the teeth and distinguished by their North Carolina Tar Heel colors. While I perhaps should have felt anxious, for whatever reason I did not. We were met in Port -au-Prince by representatives of the Episcopal Church of LaGonave who had arranged for ground transport to the ferry, about a 1.5 hour drive from the airport.
Port-au-Prince was crowded, dusty, and filled with litter. It turns out that having trash receptacles requires a background infrastructure which can collect the trash and take it somewhere out of site. This is something we take for granted and as far as Haiti is concerned, anything which requires infrastructure likely does not exist in any sort of robust form. The Haitian perspective on waste disposal is any given place is as good as any other place. Why make an effort to collect trash when there is no way to get it to where it can have less impact.
No HERO units patrolled these roads and those marooned by the wreck were left to their own devices. There was single lane on one shoulder that could serve for traffic to pass. This lane was quickly undermined by the game of chicken played. If you waited to let traffic pass in the other direction, your lane going in the direction you wanted to go would never get a chance to pass. Thus the only remaining lane came to a standstill. Ultimately, someone seized the day, prompting enough cooperation to take turns. I am not sure how the trucks were moved and by whom. They were not there when we came back through next week.