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> Tropic thunder

Tuesday, 2 March 2010 - 13:10

Day 151 - Sun 28 Feb - 14,080km, Mingali, Congo

 

Frequent storms and relentless insect hassle make camping in the tropics a very testing experience and we have taken to offering village chiefs a beer or two in return for sleeping under shelters. This can often mean having every bedtime movement scrutinised by the entire village, sharing with noisy livestock and being kept awake by night long drumming if someone has passed away, a worryingly frequent occurrence. Tonight’s entertainment after a long boring day over the plateau is some lovely African beats. It’s also transpired, during an epic night storm, that our thatch shelter isn’t as waterproof as hoped! The Congolese Malt Loaf taste test has been postponed until suitable time to bring out such precious cargo.

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Homing in on your destination


Greetings to you from Andrew & Jo's home, where we're grand-parenting whilst they head off for the weekend to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.  Cicadas' mass choral vibrations provide the closest reminder of insect intrusions in our benign suburban surrounds; and given our hot dry summer, we'd currently welcome the odd thunder storm!  So it's difficult to imagine realistically the range of challenges you navigate on a daily basis. However, I was delighted to discover that your trip log now displays my childhood home town of Ndola in the bottom right hand corner of the map - which makes me realise just how far you've pedaled, and that you're closing in on reaching your destination.  INCREDIBLE!  KIA KAHA for the kilometres ahead!  (KIA KAHA is a Maori statement meaning be strong, get stuck in, keep going!) 

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