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I departed Abengourou and headed South on a track to Bianouan. Most routes so far on my round the world journey have been roads but I love the challenge and exploration of tracks that cut through the bush.

With onset of fatigue and hunger, I stopped to refuel with barbeque plantain and water....

Having stayed with Chloe at her CREER NGO, I had a fantastic time and learnt lots about them and their exciting plans for a new building.

An Ivorian lady called Francine works at the centre and keeps the place ticking over by helping the resident children. Francine cooks for them and she very...

The CREER NGO, which I'm lodging with, regularly visit villages in the area to educate about the purpose of the NGO, and gather information and contacts. I joined them on a trip to Satikran village near Abengourou. I rode pillion with Kouame on their Haojin 150cc motorcycle to get there.

Riding pillion from Abengourou to Satikran for outreach with NGO of @chloe_kira.creer. Cote d'Ivoire.Riding pillion from Abengourou to Satikran for outreach with NGO of @chloe_kira.creer. Cote d'Ivoire.Riding pillion from Abengourou to Satikran for outreach with NGO of @chloe_kira.creer. Cote d'Ivoire.Riding pillion from Abengourou to Satikran for outreach with NGO of @chloe_kira.creer. Cote d'Ivoire.

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I applied for a Ghana visa in Abidjan and spent a few days relaxing with my friend Ron who also applied for the same visa. Abidjan is more developed than other cities I've seen so far in West Africa. Accommodation in Abidjan is expensive, so I stayed in Grand-Bassam, which is about 20 miles away...

Alfonso and I departed Man and headed North to Odienne. Alfonso rested in Odienne for the evening and I moved East to find somewhere to camp. The route had been smooth road with potholes closer to Man, but generally good. Soon after leaving Odienne, the road was being improved so the deviation s...

It was Boxing day and I hadn't spoke to my family on Christmas day because I crossed the border into Ivory Coast that day. I needed a new SIM card, as this was a new country, so I walked into the centre of Man to purchase a SIM card. The first shop was problematic as they couldn't setup the SIM...

I departed Macenta with the intention of camping 10 miles from the Ivory Coast border to get an early crossing the day after. However, whilst riding I changed my mind as I had plenty of time to cover the distance.

The South East of Guinea is truly beautiful. The mountains in the background rose...

The motorcycle started to feel unstable and like jelly, so I pulled over just North of Bartendu. Sure enough, it was a puncture. I set to and started to change the inner tube to discover the rim lock was damaged and four metal pins had pierced the inner tube. See the bottom of the rim lock in the ph...

Approaching Conakry, there was a queue of stationary vehicles that were blocked by a fallen tree. Chainsaws were in action, but I couldn't see any road through the green barrier. Locals on motorcycles were scooting through a village to get around this, so I followed them over grass and tracks, which...

Now that I was in Guinea after an epic crossing, the plan was to ride North to find a waterfall that I'd heard about.

The route from Boke to Gaouol was unpaved and very rough in places. My speed was 10-15 mph in places but reaching 30 mph felt unsafe as potholes appeared out of nowhere. I wa...