Trip Start Sep 27, 2011
124Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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Where I stayed
vacant lot in the middle of the town
And then the good roads stopped. Now it was a narrow dirt track. Well we got 2km in and promptly got stuck in a bog hole. A truck that was ahead of us at the border was waiting though to pull us through. But oh no, not us. Our driver was insistant that we needed no help, that he had never needed help, and he wouldnt pay. So it was 4 hours digging in the mud, placing sandmats and going nowhere.
Then another truck appeared. Two of us negotiated 10,000 cfa for a tow (20 dollars) and we were out. Driver not happy though - we took the easy option. Big duel axel back wheels, no problem
Then camped on the roadside for the night.
Next morning 10km on we slid off the road into a drain on the side. Not too deep but enough to be stuck again. Why we didnt keep to the centre of the road i dont know ( i actually do). So it was digging and sandmats again. Took 3 hours to get out with very little of my help. Just couldnt be bothered with stupidity. And refused to dig a drain to let the water out of the drain we were stuck in so driver not pleased. But we have no proper shovels or spades and it needed to be 30 meters long over hard clay/rock and 2 to 3 foot deep. I estimated it would take me 16 hours; maybe; no definately, more.
Then on south through the Congo. Narrow dirt track all the way. Not jungle though, Just tall grass either side of the track. Lots of small villages. Everyone waves.
Road used by logging trucks mainly. Chinese drivers. Big rigs carrying 10-12 big logs - maybe 40 ton plus. All heading south to Pointe Noir and then China ( the logs only). Then back for more. ( the jungle and the trees are way back from this track down even narrower logging roads.
We have been lucky and havnt had rain yet although it is the rainy season. Mind you the bog holes were created by rain but it was before we got there. If it does rain alot this road wouldnt be possible for us.
Trying to get visas for Angola here. Almost last chance to get them. If we dont succeed we fly over. To where Im not sure
An African Trails truck crashed in Namibia two days ago. Lost a wheel, 2 dead and many injured. But not my truck so Im fine ( 7 lives left)