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    And this partly sunken one.

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    When we were in the morning the ships were being unloaded, mostly soft drinks it seemed. The guys were pretty good at carrying them to the trucks, but not all made it with dropping some.

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    While at the airport we noticed this low cost airline booking office. The future ahead for Ryan Air?

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    While on here I should mention the little Suzuki 125. It has been a delight since I got it, once the front wheel had been replaced. There was clearly something wrong with the drum on the original. It carrys my load with ease, and I do bring a lot. The economy is great at around 120MPG. It's not fast but even running in its been up to 50MPH already. It wouldn't be described as an adventure bike but any bike you take on an adventure is an adventure bike. Here it is being loaded before we headed off to the Angolan border.

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    In other news, whilst the Suzuki continues to delight Jim, the r1150GS was struggling to start a couple of times today and not opening up cleanly, suggestive of some sort of fuelling problem perhaps. (Just to confuse things, there was heavy rain last night and I know the fuel filler cap is not watertight!)

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    So if no military plane leaves tomorrow, may be time to change plugs and maybe even the ECU...


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    Quote Originally Posted by simondippenhall View Post
    Ash: sorry you can’t be here in person but Jim and I feel like you are riding with us!

    Today was a day of gathering information about how we will get across the River Congo.

    We rode down to the beach this morning
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    I have been/still am a bit trepadacious about how the heavy GS will be lifted on to one of the pirogues.



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    I am with you in spirit...

    As I've said b4 the fantastic trips all you boys & girls post up means us poor buggers that sadly can't make such trips get to share in some way the trip.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post them on here..

    And the pictures shows us places we would probably never get to see..

    Thank goodness for the Internet, especially in far off places that you visit..



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    Love the car loading pictures..
    Perfekt ist nicht gut genug.

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    Looks like you are wheelie set up for an exciting trip ........
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    Indeed Kritou....so exciting that today, Sunday, was biker laundry day
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    As the customs are.closed today we cannot get a boat until tomorrow so are forced to endure the hardships of the former Portuguese Congo
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    Quote Originally Posted by simondippenhall View Post
    Indeed Kritou....so exciting that today, Sunday, was biker laundry day
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    As the customs are.closed today we cannot get a boat until tomorrow so are forced to endure the hardships of the former Portuguese Congo
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    Looks horrid
    Perfekt ist nicht gut genug.

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    It wasn't all play today: I changed the main plugs of the GS and with Jim's help we also cleaned up the secondary plugs which were looking a little mucky
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    Any views on what the muckiness indicates?
    I had not brought Spares and they are a different size.
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    Jim also got the left indicator working again and I replaced the dipped headlight.





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    Then it was time to pop over the road for some supplies including bread rolls served by the cheery lasses. Everyone else was buying them by the score or more, so my request for two rolls generated some amusement
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    Surely those plugs haven't been firing anyway near 100%? Plenty threads about checking coil sticks etc.good luck.enjoying the blog.

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    Thanks Homer - as these are secondary plugs I believe they run off the main coil rather than could srxijs (one if which I replaced in Gambia anyway).

    The Starting difficulty reappeared this morning as we sorted out the (unbelievable) paperwork for what was essentially a domestic Angola trip from Cabinda across the Congo river to Soyo.

    Today was the day to find a pirogue to cross the Congo river and Jim has done great pics which I hope he will add. I managed a super video of the hair-raising loading process but can't load it I to this site, sadly.

    Here is an appetizer as we rode into the beach to start the loading
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    We had negotiated the price before they saw the size of the GS and there were lost of oohs and aahs when they saw what they had signed up for!




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    On Saturday evening our plan was to get a military plane to Luanda with the bikes. This would get us across the DRC and Congo river and deposit us 1/3 of the way down Angola. However late in the evening, we were informed by a reliable contact in Luanda that the Military planes could not be relied upon. Apparently some months ago a Swiss passenger took some pictures of the cargo on board and embarrassed the Military hierarchy. Since then our contact was not aware of a successful use of the Military plane by biking travellers. We reflected on this overnight and decided not to try the military plane but use the boats for the bikes to Soyo and the small civil plane for us to Soyo. We'll be reunited with the bikes there and ride south.

    As it was Sunday and the customs were closed we could not travel till Monday. Sunday was a rest day, working on Simon's bike and catching up on laundry. We even managed to see some of the Spurs v Manchester United game, well done United. Oh, did I mention the hotel pool.

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    So today Monday we went to the port and we're directed to the beach where we were told the police could approve our transportation of the bikes on the boat. Getting to the beach this proved not to be the case, and Simon had to return to the port with a guide to get the approval we need. The boats were being unloaded with the nights cargo.

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    unloaded with the nights cargo.


    When we arrived at the beach we met a fellow traveller Levi. Levi is heading north and managed to get on a boat with his bike and had just landed on the beach in Cabinda. He'd been on the open boat for about 36 hours he was exhausted but what an amazing journey. One I do not want to emulate. Simon was in touch with him before and during the boat ride. His bike is still on the boat, buried under cartons of eggs. This is what travelling across the Congo river can be like.

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