There are a few public transportation options around these parts. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages:
The mule cart
Advantages: Mules do not complain and are unlikely to veer off the road. Mules just seem to accept their lot in life. They do really cut loose in the evening though. They hump and they hump and then they hump some more. Maybe they are really just taking their time to conserve energy for what they are really interested in. I just wish they’d keep it down at night.
Disadvantage: I can walk faster than a bloody mule cart.
Advantages: The geri is a pretty good option for getting around unpaved roads. They get you to where you want to be in good time, and they leave mule carts in the dust.
Disadvantages: Horse-lovers beware. These are some skinny-ass horses running around in the blazing sun. The driver has a whip. If the horse slows down he’ll scrape the serrated edge of the whip handle across the rail at the front of the cart, and if that doesn’t work….
Now I have limited horseback-riding experience, but I do realise that it’s sometimes necessary to give a horse a whack with the crop to get it moving, but these horses have it tough and riding in one feels a bit like contributing to animal cruelty.
Advantages: The camel transports things more than people. You can pack a lot more on the back of a camel than in the boot of a car. There is also the option of creating camel trains and transporting all sorts of stuff. And you probably have to stop for gas more often than you have to stop and let the camel drink.
Disadvantages: Spitting. Also has a history of promoting cigarette smoking to children.
Advantages: The bajaj is a pretty sweet ride. It is a modified tuk-tuk or pedi-cab. They stop anywhere along paved roads and are rather affordable. They can definitely help one avoid long, unsheltered walks in the blazing afternoon heat.
Disadvantages: The bajaj can overextend itself. The bajaj driver will think that his vehicle can easily navigate some unpaved roads, but the consequence of this is a mouthful of dust and dirt. Similarly, when driving on paved roads and weaving among transport trailers, there are regular mouthfuls of dust and diesel fumes.