Two year circumnaviagtion of Africa in my 2007 JKUR - The Road Chose Me - Page 15 - JeepForum.com
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post #211 of 220 Old 08-21-2017, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Everyone,

I am continuing to roam Gabon!

Wild camps like this continue to be normal:


Here in Gabon I continually see "street meat" for sale on the side of the road, including monkeys:


Read More: http://theroadchoseme.com/glorious-gabon

After that I decided to cut right through the middle of the country, exploring deep into the jungle:


The trees are enormous, and occasionally the road descended into a mud pit... I continually wondered if I would make it through or be forced to turn back.


Read More: http://theroadchoseme.com/central-gabon

This place is amazing! As much as I am looking forward to Congo, I don't want to leave!

-Dan

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post #212 of 220 Old 08-22-2017, 03:34 PM
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Hey Dan, I'm loving this thread. I came for the Jeep but stayed for the adventure and geography lesson.
Any issues with the Jeep overheating?
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Hey Dan, I'm loving this thread. I came for the Jeep but stayed for the adventure and geography lesson.
Any issues with the Jeep overheating?
Thanks!

I was worried about it in the extreme heat, so I added a mechanical fan from Mopar and put some daystar vents in the hood. It has made a massive difference, and now I am not worried about it at all.

You can read all the details in JPFreekAdventure Magazine - http://currentissue.jpfreek.com

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Hi All,

I have made my way across the Central Highlands of Gabon, which continues to be stunning!



See more pics here: http://theroadchoseme.com/gabon-highlands


And after 16,260 miles, I have driven into the Congo!
I have been seriously looking forward to this one for a long, long time. I can not wait to see what this country offers !



You can read about the crossing here: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-congo

It's Congo time!

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Congo is turning out to be nothing at all like I expected!

The one and only refinery is shut down, so there is a massive gas and diesel shortage.
I bought from this guy on the side of the road for a 30% premium.


Read the full story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/northern-congo

Now I have driven the entire length of the country without a single gas station - over 560 miles.
Unfortunately, there is no gas in Brazzaville and the Jeep is completely empty.


Read the fully story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/to-brazzaville

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No gas in a country short on gas... Good luck brother. I've felt that stress in the Middle East cruising on fumes and I was sweating it the whole time. Hopefully a solution presents itself shortly...

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Dang. Good luck buddy! Keep us posted..

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Hey Everyone,

After a lot of asking around and phone calls, I eventually had 20 gallons of gas delivered to Hippocampe.
I paid three times the official price, just over $10 USD / gallon!


Read the whole story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/brazzaville-congo


After being denied the Angola visa in Brazzaville, I immedietaly jump in the Jeep and drive West, through a region of Congo recently attacked by anti-government rebels.


You can read that story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/to-dolice

Congo sure has been a wild ride!

Fingers crossed I can get the Angola visa somehow... I don't really want to drive across the DRC if I can help it.

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Hi all,

I spent some time around Pointe-Noire Congo, waiting aniously for the Angola visa.
Traditionally it's the hardest of all to get, with many, many people being denied in years gone by.

Happily the current president feels the country is "ready for tourists" and so things are getting easier in 2017.
There is no need for an invitation letter, and getting the one month visa is no problem, when it used to be just a 5-day transit visa.



You can read more about my time in Pointe-Noire here: http://theroadchoseme.com/pointe-noire-congo


Next up, I must cross The DRC.
Probably the least functioning and least safe country I will ever visit.

I did some heavy thinking and planning about which route I want to take, and I have decided to go looking for adventure.
You can read all about the options and my thinking here: http://theroadchoseme.com/congo-concludes


17,778 miles through 16 countries. The line on the hood continues to grow!


And so onwards, into The DRC!

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Did you try any roadside meats? Namely the monkey.. If so, what's the verdict?

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