Stuck in the mud - Cameroon style

Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Flag of Cameroon  , Abakaliki,
Monday, October 29, 2012

So, firstly the blog locator is wrong, we're 15km from Ekoke (not bamenda, yet!). We crossed the border at Ikom intending to be in mamfe for 2pm. Border crossing was no problem and very friendly... Which is a sure sign it's going to be remote!

We were accosted by a couple local taxi moto riders telling us we would need their help to pass through the area...for a gift...uh whatever, weve done guinea so we got rid of them confident our new tires would be fine...

The road was immediatly terrible with a mud, thick clay! The roads so rutted at times the sides were 2-3ft over my head!

It was so hot, 35 degrees and incredibly humid. Sweat pouring, energy drained and no air movement! The bikes a tad hot!

The road was so bad we came across a truck blocking the road buried over its wheels and basically abandonded. Solution? A little entrepreneurial spirit, a guy has carved a new passage into the forest and set up a toll cash no pass!!! We paid our way.

We stopped for drink but when we tried to get going my bike won't start, in the middle of nowhere!! Bizzarely I'm not stressed, haha i think its the new african in me... (hardened up me thinks!).

It looks like the battery has drained with the fan working overtime trying to cool the bike. Thanks to those you gave advice (ouch phone bill).

So the search is on for a jump lead, if we can't get it solved it looks like a night in the bush...I'm actually a little bit excited!

I caught a mini Moto just before the "toll gate" to try get back to ekoke to find a lead, luckily i came across a guy driving and old landrover defender who said he could help. As usual in Africa we spend 20mins explaining the problem, 30 mins debating the solution and anything can happen from there...haha, we break like a well piled team to crack on with jobs...although to be fair there a few there who are only there to balance their hands on their hips.

Another legend, the landy man did a 2 hour round trip and returned with an electrician (not sure why?) and a "strong" wire. With many chiefs and paws in on the job the bikes fires up!!

Happy days, i think I'm a bit pissed off I won't be camping! The fire was ready to go and all! A sudden monsoon helps convince us to get moving and it was dark.

The road is terrible bad the storm incredible! We came across a camp for road / constructions workers. As usual a very warm welcome, some hot food and a make shift bed for the night. Great people, thank you Agbor Francis Egbe and friends!

Let's hope we make mamfe tomorrow, 20km from the border is not a great day!

They shared their dinner of pepper soup and yams...really good actually!
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