Day 109 Crossing into Gabon
Trip Start Nov 07, 2010
104Trip End Sep 21, 2011
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Stopped off in a random town for toilet break and fuel before rolling on again. Pulled over before the border onto a huge expanse of tarmac and baked in the sun. Headed to the border, crossed a river and had to get off and present our entry cards. 30m later we had to deviate off the road, get off the truck and have all our passport details hand written into a ledger despite them all being typed out on a piece of paper Nancy gave to them. 30km later we actually got to the actual immigration area where we all had to get off again. Still all in all, a fairly painless procedure.
Once into Gabon we drove drove, drove. Initial impressions are very positive – all the verges are clean and jungle free, the roads are smooth flat tarmac with concrete drainage edges, there's no litter, the buildings are concrete, large (by African standards) and well maintained with large gravestones in the front yards.
Camp was in another gravelled area by a small lake. Nancy’s cook group did noodle bar but with REAL cheese and salsa and guacamole – what a feast! It is definitely the little things you miss – the cheese had to be portioned into handfuls so that everyone got their share.
A few local kids turned up to check out what we were doing but they were shy and didn’t come too close. Tim made one of them cry by taking their photo but they soon were OK when they saw their picture.
Tried to have a new country party but it never got going and ended up in bed around 9pm.