Still one of my favourite parts for biking, was the three weeks we spent cycling from Guinea Bissau’s capital to Kindia in the south of Guinea on my ride through West Africa. The majority of the 1,000km (ish) was off-road. Guinea Bissau was wide orange dust tracks and narrow single-track paths through overgrown grass and through trails cut through the forest and plenty of rivers to be crossed by paying a local with a pirogue. Guinea’s Fouta Djalon region was hills and spectaular views, friendly people and yet more great mountain-biking…
The video is perhaps not completely representative of how hard parts of the journey were… as always, the cycling is the easy part!
In fact, here’s what I wrote in my blog:
‘I’ve crossed two borders in less than 24hours (legally) and crossed one border illegally (unintentionally). I’ve camped by mangrove swamps, on a football pitch, on a desert island white sandy palm-fringed beach, under the tropical canopy of southern Guinea Bissau’s forests with colobus monkey’s in the trees above, in quarries and the savannah-like grasses next to village plantations that are grazed by cattle. I’ve had a termite catapulted and embedded head-first into my leg. I’ve seen monkeys swinging freely in trees and a chimpanzee fall out of one. I’ve cycled on some of the roughest, toughest roads, which are little more than footpaths and crossed many rivers – by foot, by paddled pirogue, by motor boat and hand-pulled chain ferries. I’ve had sleepless nights from mosquito bites, intruding goats, cattle lowing, unknown wild animals howling and mosques calling to prayer. I’ve had flat tyres, a chain that needs cleaning and oiling every day from the endless dust and panniers falling off from the bumpy dirt tracks. But it has been fun…’
If you didn’t read my blog the first time round, then the rest is linked here and there’s more photos there too.
- Photos of the Gambia, Senegal and the Guinea’s
- Photos from the Fouta Djalon, Guinea
- Long Road to Freetown (Part 1)
- Long Road to Freetown (Part 2)