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Tuesday, 16 March 2010 - 11:25

Day 166 – Mon 15 Mar – 14,413km, Mbanza-Ngungu, DRC

It took well over an hour of dodging 4*4s, chasm-like pot holes and encroaching sand to escape the urban jungle of Kinshasa this morning, before making good progress through hilly terrain characterised by subsistence farming, tropical scrub and scattered palms. Instantly people became more relaxed and friendly, although requests for cigarettes, biscuits, money and even Bertha, were just as frequent. Sharing the road with trucks precariously loaded with coal sacks, plantain and countless people casually hanging on, it was no surprise to round a corner and find a body splayed across the middle of the road. Expecting the worst, I tried to avoid looking too closely, but nearby locals, were totally unfazed and I think fortunately it was just a suicidal madman having a kip! I fear my body has become too used to the easy-life after the 2 week visa break and not only did my legs give up on me after 100 km but my stomach also started cramping after a bit of dried chilli fish and manioc at lunch. Still, I’ve got a fantastic free en-suite set up to rest for the night, courtesy of the local Roman Catholic church – looking like ‘Jesus’, my beard does have it’s perks after all !!  

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Indigo Palace, Ham


Rob,We were in the above Curry house last night having one of Khans specials washed down with a couple of Ramsbury Gold's and we decided to name a curry after you, the only problem being should it be hot,medium,mild? Over to you. We are all very proud and envious of what you are achieving but there is one burning question. How can you go and do what you are doing during the run up to the general Election? How could you miss out on all the fun we are having? It is really exciting. I know where I would rather be. It is going to be some party in RSA. Keep it up and stay safe. Martin,Jules and the family....

Visa


Rob,

see !  If you´d still have couple of Brazilian soccer t-shirts ... Things would be easier.  But I am pretty sure you have a "velvet tongue" like we say in Brazil.  You will convince them to give you a break.  Go for it ! 

Leo

Visa stress


Rob, you have us all under huge stress now!! Glad you are on your way, and glad you are in Angola - only one more country to go before hitting RSA! But the damn visa issue is a worry. We look forward to a renewal and seeing that it can be done! Go well, keep smiling. Love Sue and Clem.

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