All good things come to an end, so too our stay at the Auberge Vigoureux. We really enjoyed the stay, and were very well looked after by the manager and his wife. It’s not an easy operation they are running there, with logistics quite a challenge as well as just the upkeep of such as large property that has lay abandoned for a long time before they took over.
On the way back to Brazzaville we stopped off in Pounga to see the church (also built by Armand Vigoureux). We saw the great baobab tree that Pietro Savorgnan di Brazzà apparently etched his name in back in 1877 while resting during one of his famous expeditions to Congo. We also stopped in Dolisie for a short wander around, but soon had to continue so as to try to reach Brazzaville during daylight.
Setting off from Dolisie we drove along the N1 until Mindouli and then hoped to cut south to get onto the Kinkala – Brazzaville road, a much shorter route than following the N1 east all the way to the N2, before turning south to Brazzaville. But the link between Mindouli and the Kinkala road turned out to be impassable. We kept going for about 1/2 hour, but it became harder and harder and our car was really struggling, until there was no option but to turn around and return back to the N1. A couple of times we commented on how there were no other vehicles on the link road, and obviously that finally got its explanation as the road simply wasn’t drivable! Ha!
We got back home about 9 hours after leaving Dimonika, tired and hungry. We jumped into the pool, then showered (ah, clean hair :)), and finally we prepared a salad and some fruit for our evening meal before stretching out on our own beds for a good night’s sleep, very happy with our adventure.