We are currently the city of Point Noire in the Republic of Congo. We have a few days to relax, before continuing on to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The next few countries have a bad reputation of being harsh and ruthless, a place where over landers get held up by gunpoint or even worse.
It took us about 5 days to travel from the Gabon border to Point Noire, as wet muddy roads, and lots of rain slowed our progress to a crawl. The roads are basic as best. One lane dirt roads, build by loggers, exploiting the forests, and built with no safety standards.
Amazing log bridge spanning river valley. But every rainy season brings floods so it must be rebuilt when ever the logs collapse.
But what was accomplished was creating just enough of a gap to squeeze through. Like a broken gate, the logging trucks all made a race through the opening. Not wanting to get stuck behind another truck getting stuck around the turn, our driver made a run for it as well.
Spending four days in the mountains with the logging trucks, I got to get a sense of how dangerous their jobs are. Like the Nigerian truckers, who's mangled trucks lay scattered on the sides of the road, the step mountainous valleys had trucks that lost control and lay mangled in river beds. Other trucks which showed signs of damage were still being driven. Like this truck below.
The life of a logger in country of Congo is tough. To make things worse, you often see the truckers drinking beer, then pass you on narrow slippery roads, at high speeds, waving out the window, with an intoxicated smile. But this is Africa, there are no rules it's everyman for himself.