UNFIT,FAT AND F@RTING! ONE MANS JOURNEY travel blog

Deb At The Equator......Gabon

Some Skinny Hairy Ginger Twat At The Equator......Gabon

Bumfark Nowhere Bushcamp....Gabon

Bushcamp Again.....Gabon

Chris......Say No More......

Debs Spotty Unknown What Bit Her @rse......Gabon...

Honest Its Just A Sweat Patch.........

Bushcamp Kitchen........

Another Terrible Place to Stop For Lunch....Gabon Rainforest

Bamboo Highway.....

Random Rainforset Shot From The Truck.....Gabon

Deb And I Out For A Stroll..........Gabon

Can't Even Shower In Peace Without Someone Taking A Photo......

Em and Jo Doing a Vege Shop..........Libreville

Some Crazy Statue Near To Some Bridge In Gabon......

Misty Morning Bushcamp.....Gabon

Andrew On Cook Duty.....

Ahh,The Town Of Ebolwa.....

Malaysian Logging Camp......Central Congo...

Wood Collection Time.....

And Again....

Jo And Her Mysterious Insect Bites....

Andrew With The Latest In Bite Fashion....

Off The Road Again.....

Ahh The Slippery Mud Roads Of The Congo....

Congo Puddle Driving....

A Miracle,A Bit Of Tarmac......

Local Kiddies.....

Local Kiddies Chasing After Us....

Local Kiddies Catching Us....

The Green Green Grass Of The Congo....


Libreville,Gabon....claimed as the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo.

Not far wrong there!!!

Due to the high number of epats or "whiteys" as we like to call them,working in the off shore oil industry and the logging industry Libreville resembles nothing like any other African city that I've been to so far.ie it's clean,pollution free and full of "whiteys".

Angolan visa stop is the reason for the visit and unbelievably we are all now in the proud posession of one for the princely sum of $120 US.An expensive business this obtaining visas what with the acquisition in the last 2 weeks of the Cameroon visa for $100,the Gabon visa for $70,the Congo visa for $90 and the most expensive of all the DR Congo visa at a cool $140 it would have been cheaper flying to Nairobi than going overland......

Me being the pessimist that I have recently become, didn't think we'd get our Angolan visas after all the stories that have been told about how difficult it is to get them.From what I can understand we'll be only the 2nd overland truck to go through Angola ever because all the other trips have been unable to get visas or it has been just to dangerous to go.

Getting the visa was probably the easiest out of all the visas that we've had to get so far.For a start it was in a lovely air conditioned building with comfy couches which after almost 4 months of sitting on camp stools or in the truck was an absolute godsend.The air conditioning itself was another bonus as Libreville is pretty much smack bang on the equator which makes the temperatures during the day and even worse the temperatures at night almost unbearable.As its the start of the rainy season also, the humidity is at an all time high,which believe me is not as pleasant as it sounds.You can only have so much bum sweat before it starts to make you feel very uncomfortable.In fact the only respite you get is when it absolutely p1sses it down with rain from about 7pm at night until 6am in the morning which when your sleeping in a tent that leaks a bit isn't much of a respite at all.

Libreville itself was a nice city,what we saw anyway.Alot of nice big supermarkets and a big airconditioned shoping mall were the highlights of our stay.Deb and I spent a lovely 3 hours walking around the shopping mall in the air conditioned comfort with the highlight for me being the freezer section of the supermarket where I took my thongs off and walked barefoot on the freezing cold floor.Ahhh such a luxury indeed!!!

Gabon itself has been a beautiful but farking hot country to visit.As you can imagine with a country that has the equator running through it its hot,humid and full of thick rainforest....well sort of apart from the areas that are now being chopped down so the Chinese can have matches....

The locals themselves have been friendly with our first encounter with them being at the dodgy bar on the border post.As with most of Africa we've been through lately the Gabonners or Gabonese or whatever you call them love a drink.The locals we drank with were busy hopping into a freshly made batch of palm wine which is pretty much what it says on the label.What they do is find a suitable palm tree,stick a tap type thing into it and gravity or whatever other process takes hold and the sap is drawn out into a plastic container.

Almost straight away this liquid can be drunk and the boys we met had just tapped a fresh one.So with my pidgin French and Kens arm waving we sat down with them and had ourselves a couple of glasses.

When you get over the fact that the liquid is still fermenting as you drink it and you can disregard the floaty bits of god knows what in it,the wine wasn't that bad.Apparently the sooner you drink it the better which we found out a bit later as we managed to obtain a take out from these fellas but unfortunately we left it for a day or so and it tasted like p1ss.So for me anyway my palm wine experiment came to a halt there and then.....

Bushcamps were the call for the day throughout Gabon with it being the ususal of pulling off the road wherever we could find a spopt amongst the dense rainforset.Sometimes we get lucky eg.camping in an old quarry overlooking a massive river where we could all go down and wash and swim although for me that did involve me losing my glasses for a while.Luckily a couple of locals came past to see what the commotion was and assisted me with there torch.This was also a good site to camp as we didn't get mauled by the 1000's of insects that inhabit this part of the world for the first time in a long time.Some of us were starting to resemble red people instead of the whiteys that everyone new and loved.This of course led to some people getting worse symptoms from the incessant scratching that the bites brought on whereupon tropical ulcers were the result.Now these little babies were nasty luckily for me I must've been poo flavoured so the bugs bit everyone else alot more than me....

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