Proclaimed by many truck drivers to be one of the best quality roads in Ethiopia, the Metu-Gambela road provides one of the smoothest traveling experiences you can expect to find in country. Recently paved, the M-G has had a huge influence on the towns and cities it passes through or connects. In my town, for example, its construction has led to an increase in traffic, more small businesses opening, and unfortunately, an attractive place for kids to play. Perhaps 10 years from now, I won't be able to identify my town without seeing the km marker.
The photo was taken from within my town looking west down the M-G road- the elementary school just got out for lunch.