Mai Ndombe Province DRC
I was first to pedal this route by modern thru axle tubeless carbon frame fat tire bicycle, which is what you need to survive this region. Cyclo-cross or any expedition wide tire conventional road bike frame won't survive the torture here. Villagers pedal steel frame relics from before 1960, so forget trying to fix anything, even a flat tire, with their help. First, we loaded bikes onto bus for trip from Kinshasa to Bandundu. From there, the route I used was to cut across Congo Rainforest tributaries--Kasai, Lukenie, and Lokoro. At Lokolama I loaded bike onto dakadaka and took Lokoro for three days to Inongo on Lac Mai-Ndombe. Then, took overnight dakadaka from Inongo to Nioki. Pedaled from Nioki to Bolobo, then south along the Congo River escarpment to catch barge back to Kinshasa.
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