The wet season. My least favourite of all the seasons. Especially when you live in a tent.
We met the wet season almost straight away after crossing the border from Cameroon to Gabon. After scarcely a day of rain between the Western Sahara and Cameroon, suddenly we were hit with it every single day, from afternoon through until breakfast the next day.
Our tents were saturated. Our clothes were saturated. We were saturated. It’s a testament to the awesome group of people on the trans that the only thing not dampened was our spirit.
Lunch stops quickly became the only chance possibly to dry our clothes. We’d pull over on the side of the road and race to put up our tents in the midday sun. We’d cover every single bush, tree stump, and even the roof of the truck in wet clothes, and lay our damp sleep mats out on the ground. Often the dark clouds would roll in during lunch and it would then become a mad dash to pack everything away before it rained again.
The unlucky few on cook group would huddle under a tarp chopping vegetables, trying to keep the fire going as best they could. One poor group spent three whole hours just trying to boil potatoes one night!
Those of us who had become die hard sans-buggers would often go to sleep thinking it was a clear night, only to have to race onto the truck at some ungodly hour dragging our wet sleeping bags behind us. Some nights we’d actually set our sansbugs up on the truck and have a sleepover just to avoid having to set up another wet tent.
Gabon, when it wasn’t raining, was an incredibly fun country.
We drove through winding jungle roads, where the plants lining the road were coated in red dust kicked up by passing trucks.
We whiled away a whole day (our one day of sun) by the world’s fanciest pool in Lope National Park. Dodgy overlanders that we are, we snuck our toiletries bag and towels down there with us to squeeze in a quick shower.
We even passed the equator for the first time! Next time will be on the way back up the east coast.
We had an absolute ball. A slightly wet, slightly rainy ball, but a ball all the same.