Barra shore - loading the sheep
The ferries from Banjul across the Gambia River to Barra on the northern side are meant to leave early in the morning. We were advsied to get there earlier still because of fears that we would not otherwise be able to get our vehicle / ourselves onto the first ferry. Our biggest problem however was actually getting taxis - our own vehicle we sent on ahead of us to get in line for the boat and we were to travel independently to the ferry point. It turned out that despite our efforts, there were no taxis at the hotel to be had and we had to hoof it to a main road anf flag taxis down. And of course, early in the morning there were few empty cabs cruising the streets.
Once at the port and through the ticketing area, it was just a matter of waiting until the ferry (usually late) finally arrived and we were able to board. I didn't mind the wait as our location provided the chance to observe the port and the people in it, virtually all Gambians and Senegalese aiming, as we were, for the border.