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Hi All,

I have driven into Gambia, country #4.
After hours of arguing, I ended up paying my first bribe, unfortunately.
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I'm learning French as fast as I can, it's the most widely spoken. A couple of countries on the West coast are Portuguese, none are Spanish.

I also learn a couple of words in the local African language (hi, thanks, yes) and it makes people extremely happy!

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Portuguese. That's what I was thinking of. It sounds a lot like Spanish. That was around Equatorial Guinea

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Portuguese. That's what I was thinking of. It sounds a lot like Spanish. That was around Equatorial Guinea
Poruguese is the official language of Guinea-Bissau and Angola.

It's similar enough to Spanish to get me into trouble - ie. some words are the same, but not quite enough for my Spanish to get my by.

I don't know about Equatorial Guinea, as a non-US citizen it's essentially impossible for me to get a visa to go there, and I doubt I'd want to anyway, given it's often ranked the most corrupt country in the world.

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Hey Everyone,

Here's how it looked driving across Mauritania, skirting the edge of the Sahara desert.


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So how has cell service been? Have you had it most of the time? Fuel? Easy to find?

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So how has cell service been? Have you had it most of the time? Fuel? Easy to find?
I don't have a phone.

Every station I have been to has had Gas and Diesel no worries - except in Mauritania where I drove across without buying any

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Hey all,

I've been hanging out around The Gambia River, and spotted my first Hippo!
And my first Chimpanzee!


...And my first Ebola warning sign... then I got horribly sick. Damn.



Read the whole story here: Georgetown and The River Gambia | The Road Chose Me

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Hey All,

Another day, another bribery attempt foiled!

Also, 9 hours to catch a single ferry - a new record for me!

Read the whole story: Around Banjul | The Road Chose Me



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Very cool to see all the old history and wildlife. A couple pictures on your site looked like there were dark clouds in the sky. Have you had any rain yet?

Keep the updates coming, you living my dream.

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this, Dan.

All the planning and talking about this ,back when you joined the forum ; this is the pay off .
Look at that awesome Jeep you built and where it sits , optimally parked to optimize water availability under a bloody Baobab Tree in outer Gambia.
I would be immensely proud of accomplishing this & sure am glad to be able to thank-you (very much) for your excellent documentation of the buildup-to and ultimately, this fine trip /life experience which you're on at the moment.Keep having fun and I am just one of the many folks that are enjoying vicariously traveling around what is seemingly a beautiful continent and people, thanks to you.
Jeep On, dude.

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no way i could keep my cool getting haggled that often, kudos to you


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Hey All,

I have just posted a video of my time in Senegal - which shaped up to be the Africa I have been dreaming of - colorful, friendly people, and street parties!


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Now that looks like a cool stop.

Your luck = show up the day of a party.

My luck = show up the day of a outbreak or coup.

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^^ HAHA

I told a couple that I did a loan for about your website. They were nomads and did a 18 month trek around the US and Mexico. Stopped for a year bought a small place now sold it and now they are back out there doing it again. Cool stories they had, just like you do.

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Hey all,

Thanks to my useless timing, it now rains every single day for between 8 and 10 hours.
It's the hardest rain I have ever seen in my life, and is usually acomanied by a massive thunder and lightning storm.
More than a few times the boom of thunder is so close it rattles the Jeep while I am asleep upstairs....

Checkout my pics here: Southern Senegal ? Casamance Part 2 | The Road Chose Me



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Monsoon season has real meaning there. Beautiful country.

So now that you've been at it for a while, any comments on how your setup in the Jeep is working out? Anything you wish you had done, or wished you didn't do?

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I have driven into African country #5, Guinea-Bissau.

Amazingly, the bribery games are identical to my one day crossing of Honduras a few years back.

Read all about it here: Into Guinea-Bissau | The Road Chose Me



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Hey guys,

Here's how Gambia looked in video format!


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Hey Jeepers,

I have finally written up an article on the Recovery Gear, Tools and Spares I am carrying for two years around Africa.

Find the article at JPFREEK.COM here: Recovery, Tools & Spares for 2 years in Africa - JPFreek

What would you bring that I don't have?
What would you leave behind?



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Thanks for keeping us up to date. Stay safe over there!

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Hi All,

I have driven into Guinea, African country number 6 !

I'm excited to see mountains right off the bat. This is going to be great!



Read more: Into Guinea | The Road Chose Me

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Weren't you supposed to be staked to an anthill and left to die, or something by now? it sounds like a great trip, and am glad I get to live vicariously through you.
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Weren't you supposed to be staked to an anthill and left to die, or something by now? it sounds like a great trip, and am glad I get to live vicariously through you.
I think he already joined Boka Haraim. That gets him a free pass everywhere.

But ya, it's very cool to watch his trip move along.

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Hey All,

I'm exploring the North of Guinea and absolutely loving it.

Small jungle tracks that lead to massive waterfalls are becoming my favorite thing!



Read more here: Northern Guinea | The Road Chose Me

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Now that looks like Africa. What kind of wildlife do you see there?

Make sure you post pics of the falls on your site or here.

Stay safe.

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