The DRC Part 1. - Cycling to Sandoa
I first met Charlie on the road out of Cairo in Egypt towards the Red Sea, him on a bicycle and me on a motorbike. We then continued to bump into each other on our way south and despite him being on a bicycle we arrived in Cape Town in South Africa at roughly the same time! From here we made the plan of crossing the little-understood and seldom-visited Democratic Republic of Congo. So when Charlie reached Lusaka in Zambia on his way back north, I was to meet him there and exchange my motorbike for a bicycle. From here we would head for the small town of Sandoa in the South West of the DRC.
After 1000 miles of cycling we made it to Sandoa, the town we had randomly picked on a map back in Cape Town as a good place to start our next challenge. From here we spent the next week in search of a pirogue (a traditional dug out canoe) with the plan of descending the River Lulua, only to be told by all locals that the rapids are too dangerous and no one has ever heard of someone doing it...
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