The rafting has started

06.02.2006 @ 12:20
Dramatic incident at the plantation

Olav holder korallslangen
One of the last days at the balsa plantation something happens that could have been very dramatic. I was watching Olav strolling along among the trees when suddenly supervisor Angel cries out: “Watch out, mind the snake!” There on the ground we see a big red and black snake heading for Olav, and we all rush in to assist him. This species of snake is called Coral in South America, and is notorious for its lethal bite. Luckily it is also known to be shy, and normally it will not bite you unless you step on it.

This one proves to be typical of its kind, turning 180º trying to escape when Angel comes running with a long stick to knock it dead. “It is able to kill!” he shouts, visibly excited by the intruder. He misses the head, hits the spine paralysing the hinder part of the snake.
The movable part of the snake tries to drag along the meter-long tail, but in vain. Angel picks it up with a wooden stick, displaying it to the Tangaroa camera team. From this day on I will definitely never again walk barefoot in the balsa forest!

Ready for a five days’ ride down the Quevedo River

Finally the balsa logs have reached the river. The loading at the plantation took place without any damage done to logs or people, even if safety precautions seem to be taken less seriously here. The two trucks looked small compared to the cargo – giant balsa logs, 16 meters long, drew quite a lot of attention to themselves along the road from the plantation to the river – a ride of about 2 hours.

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The 12 selected female logs float as if they were filled with air; close to 2/3 of them are visible above the water. Since there has been so little rain lately, and the water level is unusually low, we chose a place called Vinces further down the river for launching the logs.
Vinces is a busy place. Schools here are now closed for summer vacation, and lots of young people gather along the river banks to watch us, ”los blancitos”. Several hundred people wanted to talk to us about the expedition. Finally we hired two of them to keep guard over the rafts at night. The Navy has given us two experienced "marineros” armed with machine guns for protection, both proficient in knots and river rafting. In addition, our team consists of two guys from the Civil Defence, and two locals volunteering as crew. Later today we’ll be off!

Vinces, February 1, 2006.   Best regards, Torgeir

Translation into English by Anne Thorenfeldt

Postet av: jim crates

I wish that I could read Norwegian.I will just have to wait for Anne's translations.Your departure was pictured in the local paper today (AP)SO GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!!!!!!!

29.04.2006 @ 23:42
Postet av: LaDonna

We would like more information about your project. Please email me. Thanks!

02.05.2006 @ 19:40
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06.05.2006 @ 14:03
Postet av: Alewijn Medendorp

Last week, april 29th I bought Thor Heyerdayl's book "the Kontiki expedition" on a flee market. While looking for more information online, after reading this amazing adventure, I found this site. It happened that you had just departed! All the best and keep an eye on those whale sharks ;-)

06.05.2006 @ 14:09
Postet av: Gianni & Sauro

We are following your fantastic trip, so far as we were caught by the emotions reading the trip of Kon Tiki of your predecessors 60 years ago. Happily for us, that are on the main ground here in Florence, internet give us the opportunity of living a little bit of your wonderfull experience, not even imaging the beatyness of immense sea fields.Keep on sailing, and as we say in Italy to prevent bad luck: ".. in the whale ass ..."

08.06.2006 @ 16:17
Postet av: knudsen mario

Coffer was constructed by Carlos Caravedo, that was its motor and head of expedition. 8 trunks (tucos) longitudinal and 5 cross-sectional ones of raft wood were used altogether, of the forest of Ecuador, by the subscribed one, with aid of Mr. Guillermo Negrete, Ecuadorian. It does not use trunks male type, but FEMALE, by of correct flotation although of smaller duration. The Peruvian crew I consist of: Carlos Caravedo Arca (Head of expedition) Jaime Toledo Gongora Jose Mataush Richtack Peruvian raft "TANGAROA" use a candle of 6 xs 4 meters but another small one of mizzen. I found serious vicissitudes to construct the raft; great difficulties to obtain the game. I had to construct to the "SINGLE TANGAROA" in a turn of the called place "the brave sea" in the Callao. Being the "TANGAROA" in well equipped flotation and - being the month of April - and ready, the exit was prevented me. With my companions of passage they imposed problems to us that did not have the previous rafts that left from the Callao for Polynesia. The refusal of capitania of port, I commit myself to maintain the "TANGAROA" anchored and encharcada in poza del Yatch Peruvian Club del Callao, for three long months. In the month of Julio - total winter - I obtained the permission. Thanks to the deafening noise produced by the sirens of the boats and other boats let go the aft mooring lines in the port, the "TANGAROA" leaves to 11 Polynesia to a.m. of the 26 of Julio of 1965. Peruvian raft "TANGAROA" with its Peruvian crew was hauled of poza of the Yatch Club crossed the Pacifico Ocean in 115 days, of which 18 days we used them in passing Tuamotu being the only raft that has managed to cross archipielago dangerous archipelago of French Polynesia by its own means. The 18 of November the Fakarava island like full stop of our navigation. Fakarava is then, the island of the "TANGAROA", place in where it is conserved

30.11.2006 @ 04:47

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