Blog 72 by Tan: Kin la Belle And just like that, we were in Kinshasa. With so much of our efforts and attentions dedicated to getting our bikes and selves to Kinshasa, we realised we hadn’t put all that much thought into what we would actually do there. We knew we needed to sort out a…

Blog 71 by Mick: Day 8 on the Dirt – The Last of the N1… Day 8, and final day, of off-road riding 115km off-road and 102km on-road from the Construction Camp to Kikwit   We were relaxed when we left. We had been reliably informed by the guys in the construction camp that Kikwit was…

Blog 70 by Tan: Day 7 (pm) on the Dirt – The Great Road of China Following on from the last post: But first a bit on the Chinese in Africa. We have previously been asked by blog followers of our opinion on the ‘Chinese in Africa’ and now (and blogs to follow) seems a good…

Blog 69 by Tan: Day 7 (am) on the Dirt – DRC, Where a Half Day is a Full Blog Day 7 of off road riding 178km from unknown slightly larger village to ‘the Camp’   Our progress for the day. We woke to the sound of enthusiastic chatter outside the tent long before the alarm…

Blog 68 by Mick: Day 6 on the Dirt – I Love the Smell of Burnt Clutch in the Morning Day 6 of off road riding 53km from unknown tiny village to unknown slightly larger village   Our progress for the day, all 53kms of it, shown in Red. The 5 previous days of off-road riding…

Blog 67 by Tan: Day 5 on the dirt – Reflecting on the Butcher Day 5 of off road riding 131km from Kananga to an unknown tiny village Our day’s travel.   So by the time we did all the fuel gathering and money-changing Mick described in the last blog post, we found ourselves leaving Kananga…

Blog 66 by Mick: Day 4 on the Dirt – A Congo Copper’s Welcome to Kananga Day 4 of off road riding (+ 2 rest days) 204km Luiza to Kananga   Our progress through the DRC, showing the first full day in the country from Lubumbashi to Kolwezi on the tar, then Day 1 on the…

Blog 65 by Mick: Day 3 on the Dirt – Closing in on a bit of Civilisation Day 3 of off road riding 223km Camp 2 to Luiza   Map of our days action, from our roadside camp #2, through the town of Kapanga, across the Lulua River and to the town of Luiza 223km to the…

Blog 64 by Tan: Day 2 on the Dirt – Mudholes for Bush Pigs Day 2 of proper (i.e. off road) riding 220km Camp 1 in the forest… to some other place Our day’s route So after our first night camping we were up at the crack of dawn, and were afforded just enough time to…

Blog 63 by Tan: Day 1 on the Dirt – A Crash Course on the Congo Day 1 of proper (i.e. off road) riding 340km Kolwezi to… some place   The day’s ride. 340kms. Killed it.   After all the hype, and the hypertension about hitting the dirt, the first day’s ride wasn’t too bad at…