In order to get our 30 banana boxes of support materials to the Gambia we needed a trailer. But upon arrival this would be useless for our purpose. But our friend Abdoul from Abca Lodge wanted to buy a trailer. So the deal was made we would buy a trailer and he would take it over from us afterwards.
We bought an open trailer but it would not be possible to transport the banana boxes in this one, unprotected from rain and theft. So Kurt had the brilliant idea to use solar panels to enclose the trailer.
Some pictures of the early stages of building, and the empty weight of the trailer. The corps below the lifted trailer is Kurt, our solar specialist always in for a joke…
Yesterday we went to the Gambian embassy in Brussels to get our consignment letter that is an enormous help for crossing customs and checkpoints, and to get a good spot on the ferry. The vice-ambassador Mr. Ebrima O Camara helps us a lot with this.
We also had to drive twice to the Mauretanian embassy to get our visa, a very costly affair, 120 euro for each, just for a simple transit visum. A wast of money, we could do so much with 240 euros in Buntung.
Today I drove to Laakdal to buy two new tires for the trailer, another 112 euro, but indispensable, as we need good tires to get there safely.
During the last days we were very busy upgrading/adapting the Nissan for this 7000 km trip.
We installed cupboards in the back and a platform to mount the fridge we carry along with food, running on the top one of the three panels we are carrying on the rooftop, together with 4 (in fact 5) spare tires.