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This morning, I woke to the sound, with occasional vibration, of waves crashing against the land. Powerful yet very peaceful.

Rode the same track as yesterday back from Varela to Sao Domingos. It felt better than yesterday and I was less tense going through soft sand.

Today's plan was to vis...

After leaving Sedhiou, I stayed in Ziguinchor for two nights.

Me at the exit of Ziguinchor, Senegal.

The plan was to prepare for visa applications in the countries ahead and do my chores, such as washing my clothes.

Doing my chores! Washing clothes.

This is where I met Ron on a beautiful 30-year old BMW R80GS in good condition.

Ron and his 30-year old BMW R80GS, Ziguinchor, Senegal.

We went for food and beer i...

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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We said goodbye to the sisters at the nunnery and headed to The Gambian border.

En route, we stopped for a break on a river. I've forgotten where it was. Nice views, but there was a tremendous quantity of rubbish that had been dumped in piles and had not washed up onto the river.

Beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.Beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.Lots of rubbish on beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.Lots of rubbish on beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.

At Foundiougn...

More fine sand blew through the mosquito net during the night. Found this chap lurking under my top box!

A beetle underneath my top box on the sand

Bought a SIM card yesterday, but the internet connection is very weak. Almost non-existent! Stood right next to [what I think is] a cell phone tower, but can't get internet.

Mobile phone towers in Mauritania

Going through...

I stayed a few miles north of Gibraltar last night to explore Gibraltar this morning. I arrived at the border crossing at about 0830. It was busy and frantic with lots of bikes squeezing between gaps between cars and buses. All of a sudden, I noticed the motorcycle in front wave a passport at the po...