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post #276 of 399 Old 10-09-2017, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Hey All,

The DRC continues to impress and continues to be a mud slog!

I arrive in the extremely famous Luozi looking to cross the ferry, though not before the nastiest "warlord" Policeman of the journey has his say!


Read that story here: Across The DRC Day 3 ? Luozi | The Road Chose Me

After finally getting away from him, I make my way to the mighty Congo river, and cross on the most ramshackle ferry of my life!
This is the kind of adventure I will never forget as long as I live.



Read more and more photos of the crossing here: Across The DRC Day 3 ? Luozi Ferry across the Congo River | The Road Chose Me

Of course, the mud continues on the other side!


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Hey All,

The slog across the DRC continued, with - of course - more mud.

The starter was broken on this truck, and we tried the winch. It didn't stand a chance, so we couldn't help.
The guys were extremely thankful, and resumed waiting in the shade of a tree.


These are the kind of villages near the road:


Full story here: Across The DRC Day 4 | The Road Chose Me

And after a solid bribery attempt and and stand off, I reach the border of Angola.
Mad Max was close, but got something seriously wrong. The amount of trash on the ground. Imagine it at least 2 feet deep, absolutely everywhere you can see.
Hundreds of people streaming across the border, scorching heat and humidity.
To top it all off, a guy walked right past with a full-sized fridge on his head!


More on the crossing here: Into Angola | The Road Chose Me

The DRC has been an adventure I will never forget, now it's time for Angola!

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So, what I'm getting out of this is that you're really enjoying the mud.

I expected the Congo to be more jungle'ish and less of the open plain'ish that your pictures show.

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So, what I'm getting out of this is that you're really enjoying the mud.

I expected the Congo to be more jungle'ish and less of the open plain'ish that your pictures show.
I expected a lot more jungle too. Obviously it's a very, very big country, and I'm sure it's different over in the East.
I'm toying with the idea of going in there to find gorillas, lava and glaciers when I'm over that side of the continent in something like 6 months.

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Hey All,

I am absolutely loving Angola so far.
After the mud slog through the DRC, I was absolutely ready for some beach-n-chill time. So I did exactly that.

Read how the border crossing into Angola finished up: Angola Awaits | The Road Chose Me

I moved towards Luanda, and found a great wildcamp right above this amazing shipwreck beach:



Read more here: Shipwreck Beach | The Road Chose Me

Luanda is up next!

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I know everyone worries about bribery a lot when driving through the undeveloped world.

Finally, I caught it on camera!

Grab some popcorn and watch the reality of Bribery in Nigeria, the most notorious of all.
This exactly mirrors my experiences from Alaska to Argentina and now on the West Coast of Africa - well over 200 bribery attempts.


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What a cool video.

So where did buy the Britt? Or was he a stray?

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I would very much like you to act as my legal counsel if I am ever in need lol. You have quite the rapport with these people it seems. Continued safety throughout your travels, sir. Cheers!

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You need to post more vids of stuff like that. It is awesome.

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I wonder how that part of the world would treat you if you said you're American.

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Was thinking the exact same thing about half way through that last video.
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What a cool video.

So where did buy the Britt? Or was he a stray?
Backpacker who wanted to hop from Benin to Cameroon as fast as possible.

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American's are well liked in West Africa. Many, many people wear the US flag on their shirt, and they all want to be American rap stars. I have always felt whenever someone has mistaken me for an American (because of the Jeep) it has worked well for me.

Hollywood has overstated the realities.

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Hey Everyone,

I am touring Angola and loving every second.

I spent some time in the capital of Luanda, visiting the War history museum and camping with a million dollar view on the waterfront for free!

More: Luanda | The Road Chose Me

I camped out at Piedras Negras (black Rocks) then visited the extremely impressive Kalandula Falls




More: Piedras Negras | The Road Chose Me
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Kalandula Falls | The Road Chose Me

Now I'm out exploring around, with not particular goal in mind.
Evidence of the civil war is everywhere, including this Russian tank that dwarfed the Jeep.

More: Amazing Angola Pt. 1 | The Road Chose Me

I really love Angola, and already think I will extend my visa.

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Wow, I had absolutely no idea something like this existed in Angola. Sounds like it was a surprise to you too.

Now you're the guy everyone will point at and say,"Wow, look what just crawled out of the bush. Don't touch it kids, it's probably sick".


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Hi All,

I am just getting over a second round of Malaria, which has been much, much worse than the first time.

I wrote about it so others can understand and learn what it's actually like to get Malaria while on the road.

Full story here: Malaria Round Two | The Road Chose Me

Yep, needles were involved


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Dan ouch sucks to hear, get better man!


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Wow, sorry to hear.

So you're living the dream And the nightmare at the same time.

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Hey Everyone,

I have put the foot down and driven to South Africa to pickup The Big Freek, editor of JPFreek Adventure Magazine!

We'll roam the country for the next two weeks, finding what (mis)adventures we can!

All the updates will be on social media, be sure to follow on your platform of choice so you don't miss anything!

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PS Rest assured I will loop around and fill in all the adventures I missed between where I left off and where I am now!

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Hi All,

Checkout the latest update on my African Expedition on the BFGoodrich Garage blog!
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So, are you going to enter into this hyper-dangerous adventure with an expectation that US Military personnel will be asked to put their life on the line to save yours? Why not just drive around the USA stem to stern? Have you done that already?

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Might want to read this whole thread, then where he drove from Alaska to the tip of S. America.

Besides, he's Australian. They don't hate his guts like they would us.
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And then there is the fact that he has already driven from Morocco to South Africa, so there is that. Not everyone needs to live in fear.
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