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 above the horizon and many of the roads.

Mountains in South East Guinea.

Getting closer to the border, the road turned into a track. This stretch passed through very tall bamboo trees that curved over the track.

Very tall bamboo trees in South East Guinea as I approached the border to Ivory Coast.

The border formalities were fine; however, the Ivorian police asked me to go to the police station in Danane. Sounded odd, but I said yes. A policemen at the checkpoint in Danane escorted me to the office where they photocopied my documents, noted my telephone number etc before letting me go.

I eventually arrived in Man at 7pm on Christmas Day. I rode the last 10-15 minutes in the dark, which was unnerving as it was very hard to see pot holes, condition of road, vehicles without lights etc. It was a fun ride that day but the first Christmas I've spent without family. When I arrived, I immediately bought some chilled beers and cooked food!

Chilled beer after a long day riding and 7pm arrival in Man, Ivory Coast, on Christmas day.

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