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Old November 9th, 2010, 11:01 PM
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I was totally mesmerized by this adventure across the Congo. Modern day canibalism, being chased by villagers wielding machettes, mud, mud, more mud, jungle, savannah. Refusing to pay bribes @ border crossings, driving away from cops, constant pan handling,armed gangs, incredible photographs etc...
The further the thread goes the better it gets.
Its frigging epic.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ad.php?t=50799
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Old November 10th, 2010, 12:49 AM
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Thanks for posting.

I can't stop reading it.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 10:00 AM
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I'm still going through it. What an incredible story of perseverance and living life on the edge all in the name of adventure.

Thanks for posting the link.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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I'm such a slow reader...I'm still on page 3. Great story so far.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 10:41 AM
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It just gets better and better. I was up until midnight reading it. On page 33 now.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:00 AM
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I made it through page 40 and am anxiously waiting for him to post more of the story.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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Good read! Thanks Doug.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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I've been reading the post for a while. It is an amazing journey. I check that site 3 or 4 times a day to see if there is an update. I can't wait for more and I dread the ending!!!!
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very cool , thanks to them for sharing
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Good stuff, had to pry myself away after about six pages.
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I don't read expo much, and I've heard people moan about how heavily moderataed it was, but I never knew the extent of it. Someone weighed in on page 43 of that thread with comments about how they thought the travellers were unprepared since the didn't have a winch, didn't know how to make basic repairs, etc - and its apparently all been moderated out. Sure, its all debate and speculation, but no one was hurling insults. Even the rebuttal comments have been purged - you'd never even know a sidebar topic came up.
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I don't read expo much, and I've heard people moan about how heavily moderataed it was, but I never knew the extent of it. Someone weighed in on page 43 of that thread with comments about how they thought the travellers were unprepared since the didn't have a winch, didn't know how to make basic repairs, etc - and its apparently all been moderated out. Sure, its all debate and speculation, but no one was hurling insults. Even the rebuttal comments have been purged - you'd never even know a sidebar topic came up.

It tends to only happen on worth while threads. They let the disco web type behavior roll on others.
In this case I genuinely think they are hoping this guy continues to give his account of his journey.
His response to the winch was that he could buy a lot of groceries and diesel for the price of a winch and
that in the 10,000 kms he traveled through Africa it would have only been usefull in 2,000. He doesn't mind digging himself out an views it as part of the journey. the guy has a very sage view of things having overlanded through Asia and Africa.
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Yeah, most of the time (in looking at his pics) it appears a winch would not have been much help. Granted, he maybe could have had a winch AND one of those ground anchor things, but otherwise it looks like trees strong enough for recovery were few and far between in the areas he found himself stuck.

Still reading...I'm just glad it's past tense!
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Pretty cool journey. Except for the fact that the Congo is extremely dangerous. From the pictures on the first few pages I wonder why they got stuck in the first place. They had plenty of room to take a better line that would have resulted in them not getting stuck as much.

edit: just got to the last page. Fascinating to say the least. I learned a lot about the culture and negotiating money. A winch would have helped. The question is...how much? Also, the batteries and alternator would have probably died with the amount of usage the winch would have gotten. HD axles and lockers (and correct bolt troque) would have probably helped a lot.
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I made it through page 40 and am anxiously waiting for him to post more of the story.
me too, holy crap! thanks for posting
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Yes what an epic adventure!

It is so easy for me to sit here behind my keyboard and wonder why they did things the way they did. Until your actually in the middle of that situation we really don't know how we would have handled it. You and I both know that when we take a picture of that incredible obstacle we just overcame it ends up looking like a flat dirt road. For most of us we can only dream of this kind of adventure. If I were ever given the opportunity I would do it in a heart beat, however I don't think I would risk taking my wife. Josephine is something else!

As for the corruption I believe it is probably more common than we think. We are so sheltered living here in the US. Personally I know when we are working in Mexico we are confronted with the same type of corruption. Corrupt boarder patrol expecting a bribe for them to let us bring our supplies across. Granted its not to the degree that they were faced with but it is still very frustrating and I can sympathize with Frederick. We are trying to better their country and do good for them and their children and this is how we are repaid. They look at the color of our skin and automatically assume we are rich, and in reality we really are. We are so blessed to be living here. I'll stop now before I break into My Country Tis of Thee.

Awesome thread thanks for sharing Doug.
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Thanks for posting the link! I read through the whole thing in one sitting, I just couldnt stop reading!

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What a great read! I can't help but think that a winch is not that expensive though... especially considering that he's paid a couple hundred USD to the locals to help him when he needed one.
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What a great read! I can't help but think that a winch is not that expensive though... especially considering that he's paid a couple hundred USD to the locals to help him when he needed one.
Bet a simple detroit in the rear would have made a lot of difference as well (no planatary/spider gears)- but had that broken he wouldn't have found parts like he did for the 70 series diff. I'm cetrainly no one to uestion him- he's overlanded all over Asia and Africa.
But as he said, for the price of a winch he could be on the road for almost a month. He seems to relish his time with the shovel. Love the guys perspective on things and how he argues with people whom are in effect the "gate keepers".
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