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 not! Second, she wanted one child every five years. Anyway, she gave me her number!
We stopped for food in Bajagarr on the south bank of The Gambia. They also sold petrol in 1 L bottles of whiskey.
The 3-year old son of the shopkeeper became increasingly intrigued by myself and Jonny. He plucked up the courage to approach us and play with all the zips on my jacket!
We continued on the south bank navigating police and army check points. After the army check point at Kalaji, we stopped for a drink and to admire the fantastic view of the river.
That's when the owner of a nearby lodge and one of the military came over to chat. They were super friendly and curious about our journeys.
We stopped in Soma to get some food.
I ventured into the market behind the main road to buy onions, tomatoes, and peppers for cooking dinner that evening.
At one particular check point, the lady police officer asked to come with me. I said I'd return without panniers, so she could ride pillion.
Many police asked for our motorcycles!
First candidate wild camping spot seemed OK until we heard then saw monkeys very nearby. Second candidate spot, from iOverlander, was occupied by lots of kids playing. I gestured for a photo and one of the older girls gathered all the kids together. Very organised!
Settled in a field next to a small track. So much for stealth as we were rumbled by a donkey and cart, a motorcycle, bus, and a farmer with three children tending to his cattle! As I'm writing this, I can feel myself falling asleep listening to the cattle bells.
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