Over the Equator

Trip Start Nov 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2013

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

28th February On the road we are starting to get tse-tse flies being brushed into the truck. It is now obvious we are back in Francophone Africa - the locals are generally brutish and rude, as opposed to the general Anglophone civil and friendly. On the dirt road we came across a small truck stuck in a ditch, blocking the road. We filled in the opposite ditch, with lots of 'advice' from some drunk locals, to enable Benny to get the truck passed the obstruction. After we had managed this, the locals demanded payment for their 'help'! We crossed into Gabon, who also use Central African CFAs, and camped at a 'motel'. Whilst at dinner a personal mossie net was slashed, and a personal tent were robbed. As these were not Oasis supplied tents, Cade did not have to get involved in the fall-out!
1st March We had good roads South. At our lunch buying stop I redressed my infection - it is looking a lot better. We crossed the Equator, then turned East onto a dirt road, up the valley of the River Ogooue, which practically lies on the Equator. We bushcamped, and were entertained by a natural light-show, as two separate thunderstorms passed us, until one hit us, and we had to get into the tents/truck for shelter.
2nd March We continued up the Ogooue valley on the dirt road to Lope. Some people (but not me) went on a jeep safari, seeing a few buffalo and elephants. We bushcamped by a rail track. Two trains passed as we were preparing dinner, hauling dozens of trucks carrying ore.
3rd March I was woken around 3am by another ore train, and again by one at 5am. Some people (but again not me) went on jungle walks or river cruises. I redressed my infection. I lost 2 spinners in the rocky River Ogooue. We started back down the valley road, the way we had come. We bushcamped, and were hit by a huge storm - my tent was almost blown away - only the fact that Si and myself were in it kept it on the ground.
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