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« Reply #160 on: February 23, 2013, 12:28:53 pm »
Vegetable plantations alongside the road
 

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« Reply #161 on: February 23, 2013, 12:29:46 pm »
Roaddkills off....that mud was like snot!
 

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« Reply #162 on: February 23, 2013, 12:30:48 pm »
My off - look at the state of that road,man it was tough!
 

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« Reply #163 on: February 23, 2013, 12:32:08 pm »
Trucks would be stranded here for months till the rains stop and help could get to them
 

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« Reply #164 on: February 23, 2013, 12:33:18 pm »
Where we got black market fuel in Mporokoso...this is where you know you are in Africa
 

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« Reply #165 on: February 23, 2013, 12:56:20 pm »
Day 29 & 30 - Mporokoso to Mpulungu [ 280km , 50% mud]

I was up at 4-30 and did not close an eye. I was concerned of how vulnerable we are in the bush-completely at the mercy of the villagers.We had a crowd of people watching us breaking down camp well before the sun came up....what an awesome and humble experience that was to camp in a true African village. By 6-30 we were on the road and fighting to stay on once again...at least the muscles had a chance to recover and concentration was back again. At this stage we had no water,no food,very little petrol , no cash and even no siggies!Al we could do was too keep going and hope we make the next town.The road was so bad-we saw 2 trucks and 3 bakkies that would have to wait for the end of the rainy season before they could get help.And there are lots of people-the population almost doubled in the last 10 years - Kano[the Viking] told us of the Zambian government that employed 4000 boere [when the paw paw hit the fan in Zimbabawe] to come and educate the locals on farming and gave them 5 years to do it.....well they did it in 3-go boere!The road started to get easier,but still had technical sections every now and then.At one point[must have been frustration of not being able to get momentum] Roadkill gave gass and hit a chicken crossing the road-it looked like that chicken swallowed a bomb.100km Further we finally came to a tar road....I bent down to kiss it.We inflated the tyres again and head north to Mbala and just made it with petrol and we were lucky...atm,petrol,food,cold coke and siggies....life was good again
 

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« Reply #166 on: February 23, 2013, 01:01:27 pm »
The village where we took shelter for the night
 

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« Reply #167 on: February 23, 2013, 01:02:31 pm »
Roadkill posing with the villagers - man what an experience!
 

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« Reply #168 on: February 23, 2013, 01:03:31 pm »
Dried Buca Buca [fish] sold on the side of the road...very nice
 

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« Reply #169 on: February 26, 2013, 04:04:08 pm »
Day 29 & 30 Mporokoso to Mpulungu

Mbala is the last town before entering Tanzania - after fueling and stocking up we did the 40km tar section down into the valley to Mpulungu which is on the coast of lake Tanganyika [longest lake in the world at 630km in lenght and second deapest at 1200 meter]. A guy with a tooth sore showed us to Nkupi Lodge-very hippie with nice lawns to camp on.We got there nice and early and set up camp in the sun for the first time in a while. We set for town to get a few supplies and came back with a bottle brandy to celebrate our halfway point on our trip.The town is mainly a fishermans village with a few markets and one of the entry points of the ferry from Tanzania which only docks every 2nd week. We spent the next day doing allot of relaxing and exploring the place-the bikes got a good wash , panniers received some panel beating and the stomach's good protine. We had Brine [fish] for the first time[which was awesome] and also tried the local Nkupi [English Fish] fish on the fire.The dried Buca Buca was also nice. I enjoyed the buzz of the harbour and markets in the morning and missioned around to find the best deals on vegetables. Also got bitten by an insect on my foot that left eggs under my skin by the second day....following the advise of the locals I cut it open and removed the eggs and covered it with an antiseptic solution...and no,I was not sober when I did it.Cholera and Malaria is a big problem with a few confirmed reports in the past,but the people are friendly and the kids very educated for the most part.
 

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« Reply #170 on: February 26, 2013, 04:23:40 pm »
Nkupi Lodge
 

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« Reply #171 on: February 26, 2013, 04:24:38 pm »
Our baby's being washed under Roadkill's supervision
 

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« Reply #172 on: February 26, 2013, 04:26:09 pm »
The forbidden island in the lake - the story goes that boy's swim to that island to become men and no women are aloud
 

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« Reply #173 on: February 26, 2013, 04:27:05 pm »
The harbor early in the morning....humming with people selling fish
 

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« Reply #174 on: February 26, 2013, 04:28:25 pm »
Small fish gets dried and used in soup-they fish these by the tonn's,not sure how much longer there will be fish for them at this rate
 

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« Reply #175 on: February 26, 2013, 04:30:31 pm »
Now that was an awsome supper!
 

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« Reply #176 on: February 27, 2013, 08:25:29 am »
Fishermen returning from the nights fishing
 

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« Reply #177 on: February 27, 2013, 09:06:33 am »
awesome story
TIA. this is africa
 

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« Reply #178 on: February 27, 2013, 01:04:10 pm »
Day 31 - Mpulungu

We still had no conformation that our tyre's have reached Mbya in Tanzania and with my foot still in pain and Roadkill with a stomach bug,we decided to stay for another day. Camp was cheep and we were able to charge everything properly before going into the unknown again.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #179 on: February 27, 2013, 01:08:09 pm »
Some more fish pics