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Puffoluffagus
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i'm on page 26 now. what the frick is the point of this trip? sounds like he knew going in that it would be terrible and up to this point it has been exactly that.


At the end of the main story there are several posts outlying background information and such to the trek. The expedition to the Congo was only a minor trek in the scheme of a longer 2 year trek. I haven't taken time to read all of extra info. But since he's Belgian, I think he's had a particular interest in the history of the Congo and I'm assuming been a longtime goal to have a trek through there.


LSUBoo
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Finally finished reading, figured this deserved a bump. Great story. They are crazy.


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TheIndulger
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Wow, this is really cool. Thanks for posting. I'd really like to visit someday but I don't want to get in a bad situation.


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SlowFlowPro
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i'm reading this now. on page 9

they're happy because there are asphalt roads, after losing their minds at the corruption

man frick africa


CtotheVrzrbck
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ish is bout to get cray


SlowFlowPro
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likely

africa is such a shite hole. it's basically hell on earth, along with a few other sections of the world (lots of SE Asia, some parts of central america, and some parts of the Middle East...i don't think the former yugoslavia or other parts of eastern europe are as bad as they used to be)


gabe311
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re: 90 Page Congo Travelogue
I read that whole thing when it was posted here last week. Very interesting. There are a couple of "oh shit" moments that make me glad I was just reading & not actually there.


Jones
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im on page 40. gonna pick it up later tonight. awesome story. it had me not wanting to go to bed the other night reading it


HeadyMurphey
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Damn that was a long read. Very good though


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CajunAlum Tiger Fan
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looking back though, it seems like they were miserable about 98% of this trip. Outside of being able to say we did it, I just dont see the point.


That's what I think of Everest too.

This story was great because the writer had a really laid back, matter-of-fact style about even the craziest of events. My wife and I would have killed each other!


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tiger114
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I read the whole thing back when it was originally posted, as well. The pictures are amazing.

I know that this guy said that he was not out for financial gain, but I really he could get that story published.


BoostAddict
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Awesome story. Not buying his rationale for not having a winch. That shite just blows my mind. I've dug my truck out with a shovel before... but to do it hundreds of times. Fack that.

Their trip would have been remarkably easier with locking differentials and a winch.


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gabe311
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I really he could get that story published.

Same thoughts here. The story is interesting enough and I thought they did a good job of keeping you interested with cliffhangers. That and the fact that I kept wondering if one of them was going to get their arm chopped off by a jungle gang.
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crap4brain
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re: 90 Page Congo Travelogue
If you like this I highly recommend "Facing the Congo" by Jeffrey Tayler. Very good read


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SlowFlowPro
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No surprisingly nobody they offered their assistance, they even had some shovels. But they wanted money first. By now you probably think we are just stupidly stubborn and naive. We probably are, but we refused to give in to corruption.

to be fair, if people are doing manual labor to get you out of a huge muddy hole, it's not exactly "corruption" to pay them to help


SlowFlowPro
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on page 16

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This has to be one of the best threads this forum has ever seen.


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I have yet to hear the terms "gear testing," "lockers and a winch," "digital SLR," "Pelican case," or "ARB" used once.

aka "Germans," "IWNHI," "moat," or "Draconian Sanctions"


Cold Pizza
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re: 90 Page Congo Travelogue
Yeah a removable winch aka "12 volt come-along" would have been great. Or even a come-along of any kind.


tiger114
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Or even a come-along of any kind.

Thought he said that he had a come-along somewhere in there. (He didn't call it a come-along, though.) Basically, he said that the come-along was used a lot, but it would have been useless when they were REALLY stuck.


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SlowFlowPro
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i read in there that they passed on a winch to have more time. here is a comment about it in more detail

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When we were busy digging we thought of only one thing: getting out of the obstacle, using whatever was available. Thinking about the things that we did not have but could have helped us at the time would have been a sure recipe to get a depression.

But yes, it did cross our mind. And yes, it would have helped tremendously and reduced the damage the our car (the value of all the things we broke exceeds - by far - the price of a winch). But did we need it? Nope, we have always gotten out this far without a winch

But given the option, I would choose the month extra any time.

That said, I am building a new and improved version and a winch is on my shopping list.. but only if we have some spare cash..

Then again, there is something magical about getting trough impossible obstacles. The improvisation, the stress, the hard labour.. Great stuff! A winch would kinda spoil the fun ;-)


CarRamrod
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re: 90 Page Congo Travelogue
im only on page 6, why the frick would a winch cost time?


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