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After crossing the border into Gabon, the roads swerve through the forest and it's a very scenic route. Thrilling and good fun; however, I had an insatiable thirst for something more adventurous! I joined the RN5 at Bibasse (South of Oyem) heading to Kougouleu.

Slow progress for the first 15...

The morning after devouring snake for supper, I continued to the Gabon border to leave Cameroon. Getting stamped out of Cameroon was easy enough. However, entering Gabon at Woleu Ntem was entirely different.

The immigration police turned me away because I didn't have a hotel reservation despit...

I camped 1 Km from the city centre in Yaounde and it was surprisingly peaceful given its proximity to the city centre. The first evening, a storm moved in and battered my tent. I've got into the habit of not pegging the tent into the ground, which meant great flexibility in the structure permitted l...

After a fantastic experience in Nigeria, I crossed the Cameroon border. The formalities at the border were fine and I rested in the next town for a days, which was Banyo. From there, I rode to Tibati then headed South to the capital, Yaoundé. No petrol stations from Tibati until near Yaoundé,...

I'd heard mixed reports about Nigeria. Some said don't go because of security concerns. Others said the people are fantastic. I didn't know what to expect! Despite the minor moto madness incident, which can occur in any city, my experience of Nigeria was overwhelmingly positive!

Nigeria is large...

My aim for today was to cross the border from Nigeria into Cameroon. It didn't quite go according to plan...

Leaving Baissa, I continued towards Guroji. The route was mostly wide earth tracks, not too challenging, and good fun! Confidence was high.

route from Baissa to Guroji, Nigeria.

Eventually, the route narrowed and star...

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

Moto Madness

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...