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The Gambia is known as the smiling coast because of people's friendliness and warm smiles. So, I was sad to leave The Gambia today.

Crossing the Border into Senegal was quick and easy. The police woman on the Senegal entry post requested money, which I refused, and she responded with "what do yo...

Liver and pasta with spicy sauce in baguette for breakfast. Very spicy and so tasty!

Filled up with Petrol in Banjul, and got chatting to the lady who served me, Haddy. She wanted to marry, and made two things clear. First, she wanted to go to the UK, so asked if she had a motorcycle... she did no...

Our hosts at the hippie compound were incredibly hospitable. We were continuously plied with food and beverages.

Like several places I've stayed at they source water from the ground. Not drinkable, but OK for cooking (boiling) and washing. Mr B even offered for his sister to wash our clothes!

The well at Mr B's hippie compound in The Gambia.The well at Mr B's hippie compound in The Gambia.

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Packed up this morning and ready to go when I noticed a 1.5cm diameter hole in the ground. Looks like something burrowed next to the tent.

Passed the Tropic of Cancer today. Just two signs facing both directions of traffic and not much else!

The Western Sahara is vast and mostly desert. Th...

Packed up my kit and left the hotel today. The landscape is much the same as yesterday: sparse and bleak. At lunch, I sought shelter from the shade in a small compound at the side of the road. No one about. Felt like a scene in Mad Max with old vehicle parts lying around in disarray.

Facing away...

I entered Western Sahara today. The landscape is sparse and bleak with continuous desert. The N1 road follows the Atlantic coast, so I occasionally get a glimpse of the sea.

The desert consists of soil, sand, and rubble, but today I passed a huge dune. There are bigger ones in the sand deserts...

I arrived in Zagora and promptly refueled and stocked up on food. I've developed a sweet tooth for the local patisseries, so I devoured a pastry!

Bumped into this two that were chilling out in the river bed.

Zagora is very touristy with cafes and shops lining the high street. There were coun...

This was my view this morning just north of Tinghir. I camped at the bottom of a bank next to a dried up river.

And, this was my bike as I tried to leave.

The terrain was very challenging and got the better of me. I had removed heavy items to help me lift the bike.

Made new friends with g...

It rained on and off this morning. I was super cautious because of my recent roundabout incident. The water made the dirt cling to my black boots and trousers.

I was so dirty that whilst entering a supermarket, the lady cleaning the floor at the entrance kindly suggested I clean my feet in the p...

I said goodbye and left the hostel today. Pleased to be back on the road after so long!

Guy in service station started chatting to me and said I am welcome in Morocco! Super friendly :)

I headed south towards Lake Aguelmam Azegza, near Khenifra, where I had planned to camp. The landscape was...