Archive for September 2010

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Bonobos – Making Love Not War, apparently

I can’t say I’d ever heard of bonobos before arriving in the Congo. Which is a little surprising since they share 98.7% of our DNA. Perhaps I’ve seen photos of them before and in my ignorance gone, ‘cool chimpanzee!’ But look a little closer and you’ll realise that, in looks, bonobos are chimpanzees keeping up […]

Planned route across DR Congo

I’m currently in Kinshasa and really enjoying it here. It’s a busy city in complete contrast to Brazzaville just over the river. I’ve been planning the next part of the trip – a route to get me to east Africa….here it is: (Link to large map of planned route across DRC on everytrail) (I’m waiting […]

Statistics – UK to Congo Brazzaville

It’s been a while since I published any stats, so for those who like numbers – Kilometres cycled: 17,123 Kilometres paddled: 350 Days since first leaving the UK: 427 Nights spent in Africa: 339 Nights spent in Africa without paying for accommodation: 179 Most consecutive nights in a tent: 39 Days spent cycling: 198 Number […]

Photos of Gabon and the Republic of Congo

Here are some photos from the latest part of the journey. I travelled south from Yaounde in Cameroon through Gabon to a small town called Booue. Having drunk some dodgy water and thrown up in the middle of the town crossroads, I thought it best to leave as soon as possible. This I did by […]

Thoughts on a Rohloff-Equipped Bike

I debated a long time whether to get a bike with a Rohloff hub, or a regular dérailleur system. In the end, not knowing much about bike maintenance and being inherently lazy, the appeal of a low maintenance piece of equipment won. If, in the unlikely event something went seriously wrong and the hub had […]

Equipment Review

This is quite a thorough list of how the bike, panniers and racks have held up and problems I have had. Most people won’t want to read beyond this intro, which is fine. I just hope that perhaps for anyone planning a similar trip, they may find some of these notes useful in helping decide […]