Blog: Motorcycle Travel Around the World

I blog roughly each week about my motorcycle travel around the world and generally what's going on. Sometimes it's about motorcycle riding, and other times it's about anything else that is happening. Sign up to the email list for notifications about new blog posts.

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I left Loiyangalani and hoped that Ratty would be OK.

Stephen Matthews next to his Honda CRF250L near Loiyangalani, Kenya.

The route to North Horr was good fun but challenging in places. It wasn't the sand that caught me out, which I was expecting—I soon found myself riding on wet clay/mud. I slowed down and the rear wheel slid sideways...

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Yesterday, I crossed the border into Benin. Easy crossing. Customs were very disinterested in my motorcycle; i.e., temporary import, carnet etc. The strange thing about yesterday was the aftermath of an accident that I passed. A small loader van was stationary in my lane, and a large crowd was gathe...

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Now that I was in Guinea after an epic crossing, the plan was to ride north to a waterfall that I'd heard about.

The route from Boke to Gaouol was unpaved and very rough in places. My speed was 10-15 mph in places but reaching 30 mph felt unsafe as potholes appeared out of nowhere. I was ast...

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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...

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Liver and pasta with spicy sauce in a 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...

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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!

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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.

An animal had burrowed a small hole into the sand in Western Sahara.

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

The tropic of cancer in Western Sahara.

The We...

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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.

A tractor in Western Sahara....
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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.

N1 bridge over beach in Western Sahara.
Waves crashing on a beach in Western Sahara.
N1 bridge in Western Sahara.

The desert consists of soil, sand, and rubble, but to...

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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 these two camels relaxing in the river bed.

Two camels feeding in a dry river bed in Zagora, Morocco.
A camel in a dry river bed in Zagora, Morocco.

Zagora is very touristy with cafes and shops l...