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 snaked across the road.

Camping that night, a herd of cows pass the tent. Unsure who was more bemused: the cows or myself! The area I was camped at had been burnt some time ago to clear the land, which is common here. Spotted an interesting looking true that was dead and scorched from fire.

Scorched tree near Boundiali, Ivory Coast. Scorched tree near Boundiali, Ivory Coast.

The next day, I rode the track all the way from Boundiali and camped South of Mankoro. A challenging ride on some stretches with a build up of very fine dust resting across that track that was 2-3 inches deep in places. Similar to riding in very soft sand. I was covered in dust by the end!

Track between Boundiali and Mankoro, Ivory Coast.

My bike and gear were also covered in red dust. Patting my pannier with my hand would produce a plume of red dust!

Lots of very fine red dust built up on gear and bike between Boundiali and Mankoro, Ivory Coast. Lots of very fine red dust built up on gear and bike between Boundiali and Mankoro, Ivory Coast.

Some parts of track opened up to a small area of water. Uncertain if this has a specific name, but looked like animals drank from here.

Track between Boundiali and Mankoro opened up to a water area, Ivory Coast. Looks like animals drank here.

Early afternoon, I felt really tired, so I pulled over and rested under a tree. I got chatting to a guy who worked in the building next to me, and I learnt I had parked outside a doctor's. We spoke a bit but mostly just sat in silence whilst resting from the midday heat.

Resting with a doctor (I'm OK!) whilst parked outside surgery in a village to escape midday heat in Ivory Coast.

This area grows cotton and the route passed through multiple villages with huge piles of harvested cotton. For New Year's Eve, I camped on the edge of a cotton field!

Piles of harvested cotton between Boundiali and Mankoro, Ivory Coast.

En route to Abidjan, to acquire a visa for Ghana, I camped in a forest. I thought it rained throughout the night, but it was water dripping off the trees from the humidity.

Camped in very humid forest near Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Camped in very humid forest near Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

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