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After collecting a visa for Cameroon, I headed North to leave Lagos. However, I encountered two challenges.

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After yesterday's lesson on how to weave through traffic like a local, I was conservatively putting it into practice. Between dense Lagos traffic and the curb, two men in hi...

When I've needed a visa, I've acquired them in embassies near to the country I'm travelling to. Nigeria is different in that I must apply in my country of residence and give biometric data. So, departing the UK by motorcycle would have given me three months to enter Nigeria. Possible, but I didn't...

After camping at a police station last night, I arrived in Cotonou. I'm pleased to report there were no issues with sputter/ hesitation, so it seems that cleaning the fuel system worked.

There are multiple embassies in Cotonou with quick visa processing times. Over two and a half days, I col...

I had stayed in Parakou to clean the fuel system on my motorcycle, and I was now ready to leave for Cotonou. The journey requires a full tank of fuel and would determine if I'd finally resolved the sputter/ hesitation issue.

It's a reasonably long journey so I planned a camping spot in a for...

Last week, after crossing the border into Benin, I couldn't find a fuel station in Djougou. I resorted to Kpayo, a contraband petrol imported across the porous border from Nigeria that is stored in jars and bottles under direct sunlight at the roadside that have a brown tinge. Three litres shou...

Yesterday, I crossed the border into Benin. Easy crossing. Customs were very disinterested in my motorcycle; i.e., temporary import, carnet etc. The strange thing about yesterday was the aftermath of an accident that I passed. A small loader van was stationary in my lane, and a large crowd was gathe...

Woke up and packed up early because I expected to see lots of locals passing by as I had seen yesterday. Only saw one person! Whilst I was squatting for my morning toilet relief, I heard people, so I finished pretty quick! I've changed my pannier packing routing to allow me to get away quicker, whic...

I stopped for food in the morning, and rested under some large trees that led to a statue of Independence in a village. Got chatting to several people, one of which was Castro.

Myself (left) and new friend, Castro (right), whilst resting and eating in Togo.

Early afternoon, I arrived at a spot to camp East of Atakpamé. As I removed my helmet, I saw a guy in the distance, s...

Leaving Lomé, I headed North in Togo towards Kpalimé. I rode for two hours straight and felt shattered. A large tree provided shade whilst I devoured an orange. I was on the edge of a village, which I hadn't realised, and opposite a house. A lad called Elyabim crossed the road to invite me to...

Having stayed with Leela in Frankadua, I was now back on the road! I left Frankadua and headed towards Ho, and straddled the Ghana-Togo border southwards to the Aflao border crossing. It was hot and I felt like I was melting in my riding gear when stationary or walking. Relief came from riding a...