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> Blessing in disguise?

Posted On: Saturday, 27 March 2010 - 00:58

Day 177 – Fri 27 - 15,120km, Luanda, Angola

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> Inside man

Posted On: Monday, 22 March 2010 - 23:20

Day 173 - Mon 22nd - 15,083km, Luanda, Angola

Arriving in the suburbs of Luanda yesterday morning, I was greeted through the cloud of dust and pollution by my current host and the cities sole cyclist, lycra- clad Stuart Mcmahon, who then gracefully guided me through the traffic mayhem and slums towards an unbelievable...

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> Tsetse torture

Posted On: Sunday, 21 March 2010 - 19:01

Day 171 - Sat 20 Mar - 15,022km, Barra do Dande, Angola

I couldn't have asked for a better start to the day having saved a bit of last night's malt loaf for breakie. However, things rapidly turned into a nightmare as the tsetse flies became active and were drawn to the smell of an extremely ripe cyclist. Yesterday's tactics of wearing two t-shirts failed to protect my already peppered back against the unbelievably persistent swarms...

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> Too fruity

Posted On: Sunday, 21 March 2010 - 18:52

Day 170 - Fri 19 Mar - 14,898km, Quingombe, Angola

Sandy and corrugated dirt roads plied by HGVs, vicious head winds, sun burn and swarms of tsetse flies made for a throughly unpleasant days riding. It wasn't all bad though, my little pink horn has rediscovered its popularity and the village chief's wife where I'm staying has just served me up some funje (gelatinous grey balls of cassava flour - it's a grower!) and calulu (dried salted...

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> Chinese tease

Posted On: Friday, 19 March 2010 - 23:35

Day 169 - Thurs 18 Mar - 14,781km, Casa da Telha, Angola

I spoke too soon about the Chinese. Teased with some sections of tarmac and gravel I spent most of the day on dirt. However, it was the continual steep hills and being stopped by passing motorists for photos that really slowed me down. The overwelming reaction from Angolans has continued and I've been given enough monkey nuts as gifts...

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> A friendly reception

Posted On: Friday, 19 March 2010 - 23:28

Day 168 - Wed 17 Mar - 14,641km, Novu, Angola  

After my experiences of the Kinshasa embassy it was a pleasant surprise to find the Angolan officials so laid back, even if it did extend to their opening times which made for a casual start to the day. Hilly, bone and bolt rattling dirt roads followed through open countryside and neat red sandstone villages full of extremely excitable locals. Indeed Bertha and I have been surrounded at every turn be it trying to...

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> Smooth passage?

Posted On: Wednesday, 17 March 2010 - 12:32

Day 167 – Tues 16 Mar – 14,540km, Luvo, Angola

It was great to see a few more cyclists on the road today and they certainly weren’t short of competitive spirit giving it all they had to out do the mondele (white man) wearing flip flops on bikes...

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> Back on the road

Posted On: 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...

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> Kinshasa Harriers

Posted On: Monday, 15 March 2010 - 17:45

Day 165 – Sun 14 Mar – 14,265km, Kinshasa, DRC

After much deliberation, a few beers & the flip of a coin, I’ve finally decided to stick to the original route by taking on Angola with a 5-day transit visa and...

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> Decision time

Posted On: Friday, 12 March 2010 - 21:05

Day 163 – Fri 12 Mar – 14,203km, Kinshasa, DRC

As anticipated, after 7 hours of waiting today, I was issued with a 5-day transit visa for Angola, which means it’s time to make some big decisions – to take on a high risk unknown route through the...

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