‘The Twins’ (Ally 811 canoes) become ‘The Ally Cat’ – River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

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‘The Twins’ are in the River Gambia!. Image by Henk Eshuis L-R: Florio, helen, Abdou, Ebou and Yousef – The day we got the canoes into the water in Kedougou, Senegal

‘The Twins’ become ‘The Ally Cat’

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‘The Ally Cat’, River Gambia at Gulumbu, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

December 27th, 2012 – Njuen-Gulumbu-Genoto, Senegal – Distance paddled to-date: 245.41km

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Florio at work: People we meet along the river bank – fisherman repairing his nets, River Gambia, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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The cattle come to water and a fisherman repairs his nets on the banks of the River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Helen, Ebou & Abdou – passing a potential hippo beach © Jason Florio

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Watching me, watching you, watching me…curious baboons, Senegal © Jason Florio

The conversion of ‘The Twins’ begins – Gulumbu, Senegal

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Florio: “is this going to work?” converting the Ally 811 canoes, Gouloumbou, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Ebou fixes the fame work for the sail – Gouloumbou, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Test run for ‘The Ally Cat’ – River Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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Night hawkers – Gouloumbou bus depot, Trans Gambia Highway, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Night hawkers – Gouloumbou bus depot, Trans Gambia Highway,  Senegal © Jason Florio

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Woman silhouetted by the fire, Gouloumbou, Senegal © Jason Florio

And we’re off! Helen films the inaugural voyage of ‘The Ally Cat’

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So far so good! Helen films ‘The Ally Cat’s’ inaugural voyage © Jason Florio

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Pit stop – River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Florio records the sights and sounds along the River Gambia, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Meeting more people along the way – local ferry man, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Camping in Genoto, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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The watchman brings us a gift (Silfando) of groundnuts,  Genoto, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Next morning – back on the river, Genoto, Senegal © Jason Florio

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The watchman comes to bid us ‘au revoir’ , Genoto, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Florio at work: Ferry boy, River Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

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Ferry boy on the River Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

More river photo stories to come soon…as our River Gambia Expedition continues into 2013

Thanks as always for stopping by

The Florios

Next up: crossing the ‘border’ into The Gambia – without even realising it!

P.S. if you are in NYC next Tuesday 14th May, we are presenting a slideshow of our River Gambia journey at Foto Care. Please click on this link for all the details

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Photography by Jason Florio: Oyster collectors, River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa

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Random photo of the day - Female migrants from Guinea Bissau work along the shores of a tributary of River Gambia, in The Gambia, collecting oysters that hang from the mangroves. – Image © Jason Florio

From the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey’