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