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Thursday, 25 February 2010 - 11:06

Day 147 - Wed 24 Feb - 13,642km, Boundji, Congo

Forget the Sahara, the last three days since entering the Congo have been the toughest of the trip to date as I’ve had to push, carry, drag and cajole Bertha’s substantial bulk along sandy rutted tracks through a remote region with little available food or water. Poorly prepared I couldn’t even afford water for cooking on my first night after crossing and had to tuck straight into one of my emergency Malt Loafs before luckily finding a river to fill up at the following day. Fortunately I caught back up with Hans, an experienced sand rider and we battled on together sharing the toil, sweat, frustration and utter physical exhaustion caused by the conditions. According to immigration we are the first people crazy enough to take on the route by bicycle and it’s easy to see why. We have also had some incredibly rewarding experiences staying with some very poor village folk who are fascinated by our every move and gave us much needed supplies of manioc and tanga (a baked tangy local fruit). We’re now being referred to as ‘chinos’ by kids thanks to the Chinese attempts at road improvements which have currently just made conditions worse. With only 50km of ever improving sand to go, torrential storms have set in making the road impassable, so we are having to wait it out in the first small town we’ve come to since arriving in the Congo.

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Durban stadium - bungee - swing jump

You can now do a bungi jump from the top of Durban stadium so if your team loses, there are other things to do. for those  who don't want to jump, there is a cable car to the top for the views. 

Look forward to hosting you in durbs, Rob.



Durban Stadium


I love the pictures of the Queen Letita and the look like such a celeb in your chair! there were so many people just starring at you-its so insane I cant even comprehend!...actually whats more insane is that beard your sporting...please please dont get rid of it...I wanna see you wear it here in the UK!!!!

I was doing some lab assessment over the last few days and was in a group with the guy who has designed the acoustics for the new stadium in Durban...I wont bore you with the technical rubbish...but you are in for a treat-its supposed to be awesome!!!! Keep pedalling- those games will be well worth theeffort! I also enjoyed Leo's comment-made me think twice about my chinese takeaway that I'm about to tuck in to....but only for a few seconds:) On a serious note, tons of admiration for the amazing progress so far-I sreally dont know anyone else who could have achieved this!!!! keep it up x

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