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90 Page Congo Travelogue


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It will kill an entire evening, but it's worth the read. These people are lucky they didn't end up rotating on some bushman's bbq spit.







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diat150
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re: 90 Page Congo Travelogue


wow, crazy story. I am a pretty brave traveler but that would be way outside of my comfort zone.





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heehaw
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About half way through so far. Amazing, awe inspiring story.





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SPEEDY
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I see they took a side trip through Baton Rouge

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tigerpimpbot
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Reminds me of Prytania Street uptown.





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CtotheVrzrbck
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10 pages in. I've intently read every post. Amazing and absolutely bonkers at the same moment.


I've kicked around the idea of traveling to Africa to introduce sports, american culture, and assist with the agriculture programs of Heifer International. I made some friends way back who grew up in Zimbabwe, their parents were pretty high up in Heifer Int'l. Very impressive and inspiring people.

I don't think I'll ever be risking myself or family to go over there. They can just have my tax deductible donation and I'm good.


Thanks for posting, quite a breath of fresh air from the normal stuff on here.






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IdahoTiger
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On page 24, thanks for posting this! I can't stop reading...





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IdahoTiger
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Bump. On page 45 now, i'd definitely recommend this read to anyone (bookmark it and read it over a few days). It's amazing, and it reinforces how good we have things here in America.





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CtotheVrzrbck
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I finished it about 6:30 this morning. I got to a point where I was determined to know how it ended for them.





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strings
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This is awesome! Thanks for the link.





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USMCTiger03
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Awesome post.

Page 3 now. Can't believe they would go on this hazardous of a trip! Awesome adventure already but geez...






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wiltznucs
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Amazing story...





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NorthGwinnettTiger
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Shouldn't have started reading this at work.

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Doldil
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Shouldn't have started reading this at work.


agreed, this is going to fill up the rest of the day






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wiltznucs
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Captivating read, I cant imagine selling all of my worldly possessions and tracking across Africa for two years.





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trillhog
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cool, i like these





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trillhog
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damn that looks cold






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Fishwater
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Thanks for posting. My current read.





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LouisianaLady
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So interesting so far. One of my good friends is Zambian. I bet she'd enjoy this read





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USMCTiger03
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We came across a truck that was parked in the middle of the track. Luckily the surrounding area was pretty open, so we could pass it.

Us: "Bonjour, ca va?" - "Hi, how are you?"
- Them: "Ca va un peu bien " - "I am doing a little bit ok" -> typical Congelese answer this!

Us: "Votre vehicle est en panne?" - "Did you truck broke down?"
- Them: "Oui, mais ils vient avec des nouveaux pièces" - "Yes, but they are coming with spare parts"

So we chat a bit and we ask what their problem exactly was. They left Ilebo for Kananga with a load of building materials for a rich guy in Kananga. Their engine had completely seized. Their cargo was transferred onto another truck and they had taken the engine out and transported the engine to Kinshasa to get it rebuild. In the meantime the truck 'crew' stayed onsite to safeguard the truck. But they were very happy as they just received news that the necessary parts for the engine were now ordered in Germany, so the parts would come arrive in Kinshasa in a few weeks time!

A fascinating story, and they told it as if the was the most normal thing in the world. Fair enough. We said our goodbyes and asked them one more final question. How long had they been here?

"Un peu plus qu'un an maintenant" - "Just over a year"
WTF?

Just hanging out on the side of the road for a year, waiting??






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