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Unread 10-29-2010, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Radiobaobab - Democratic Republic of Congo - Expedition portal trip report

This is an epic trip we are following on expedition portal. Truly courageous and crazy at the same time. Check it out:

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Unread 10-29-2010, 07:10 AM   #2
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Unread 10-29-2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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Great thread, thanks for the heads up. I found this passage just incredible:
We came across a truck that was parked in the middle of the track. Luckily the surrounding area was pretty open, so we could pass it.

Us: "Bonjour, ca va?" - "Hi, how are you?"
- Them: "Ca va un peu bien " - "I am doing a little bit ok" -> typical Congelese answer this!

Us: "Votre vehicle est en panne?" - "Did you truck broke down?"
- Them: "Oui, mais ils vient avec des nouveaux pièces" - "Yes, but they are coming with spare parts"

So we chat a bit and we ask what their problem exactly was. They left Ilebo for Kananga with a load of building materials for a rich guy in Kananga. Their engine had completely seized. Their cargo was transferred onto another truck and they had taken the engine out and transported the engine to Kinshasa to get it rebuild. In the meantime the truck 'crew' stayed onsite to safeguard the truck. But they were very happy as they just received news that the necessary parts for the engine were now ordered in Germany, so the parts would come arrive in Kinshasa in a few weeks time!

A fascinating story, and they told it as if the was the most normal thing in the world. Fair enough. We said our goodbyes and asked them one more final question. How long had they been here?

"Un peu plus qu'un an maintenant" - "Just over a year"
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Unread 11-15-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
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What nobody brought back any Ebola Zaire with them..I'm a little disappointed. Looks like a fun offroad trip but there is no way I would ever visit that country for enjoyment. I have some coworkers that have had to go there and doesn't seem like an easy place to get along.
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