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Tuesday, 2 March 2010 - 20:33

Day 153 - Tues 2 Mar - 14,167km, Brazzaville, Congo

In pioneering by bicycle an alternative route from Gabon into the Congo that included 200km of torturous sand and mud tracks, Hans and I were able to avoid the notorious ninja held bandit country between Pointe Noire and Brazzaville and therefore stick to pedal power the whole way. I'm now kindly being given somewhere to stay by Congolese Hubert, via family friends the Davies. Obtaining my DRC visa is however, proving problematic and after the usual endless sweaty wait at the embassy this afternoon I was called for an interview with the Chief of Immigration who, thoroughly unimpressed with my lack of French, appearance and body odour, demanded a second letter of invitation! Hubert has come to the rescue by helping to sort one out so while I wait I'll be fixing spokes, brakes and body parts.

Special thanks to the Congo's charity donor of the moment, Wasey, for posting such a flattering picture of me!

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newt season

gday rob

just wanted to say that I am amazed by your progress

keep it up big fella

youve inspired me to sell my van, i am now a die hard cycle commuter

looking fwd to aus vs eng in the round of 16



Grin all the way on the road to SA

Hi Rob - I seem to have been making a mess of commenting on the blog, so no messages from us for a long time, I think, but believe you me, we have been rushing to the computer every evening and we have just loved all the blogs and photos. I feel I have really learned so much about Africa from you trip so far and it has all been brilliant. We are crossing our fingers for the next stages and I still think you will grin your way to SA. Very best love from us both, Nick and Sarah

Awesome achievement

Congratulations on pioneering the bicycle route from Gabon to Brazza ! Sounds as though it was really tough & that you & Bertha could now do with a bit of R & R! On the flight from Cape Town to London the overhead display showed that the journey is 9,700 km. In reaching Brazza you have cycled almost one and a half times that distance! About midnight, as we cruised in comfort above the Congo, my thoughts were very much with you sweating somewhere way below us. Take care and good luck with both the DRC and Angolan visas. Willing you on. xx 

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