Tropical thunderstorm and some 4x4 in deep puddles

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
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Trip End Oct 27, 2010


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Serekuta camping

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Today we had to go to Banjul after deciding the trip was over. We had to get extensions for our  car permits (laisse de passé). The town was very busy and we were stressed to get things done as we have a lot to do. Rushing around town a softly spoken policeman decided to stop us claiming we were speeding. It’s a bit of a discussion and he insists we park up. We explain we must do our paperwork urgently so he lets us park and sort our stuff out first. We arrive just before closing time and some “agent” extends our laisse de passé in return for a small fee. We find some cheap place to eat as always, spicy beans with some yam. Back to the car and the policeman is no where to be seen. We set off through the city maze and soon enough i notice a taxi is following and beeping us. It’s the policeman trying to stop us in vain! We try to ignore him but he eventually succeeds and jumps into the back demanding to take him to the police station! Once there I think we are in deep sh*t. After a brief chat we get friendly and are pardoned with a soft warning. What an experience though!..

Next day the heavens open up once again and it comes down hard as if for the last time ever. The rain stops suddenly and the sun comes out. I manage to snap some great butterfly and spider shots in the camping compound. Nature seems to have made most creatures much larger here, especially the spiders as they are the biggest ive seen in the wild. I hand-wash some of our clothes in the morning to prepare for the deep depths of the Jungle in Gambia. Its off to Georgetown, also know as (Jangjang-bureh) about ¾ of the way into the country. Its still the wet season and thus its not recommended to go any further inland due to reports of flooding.
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