The road chose me A lifetime of ebb and flow

Eating the spoils of the hard work 3

National Park Tai

The road quickly deteriorates, just as I was told it would. I’m down to first gear for massive potholes, and most are full of water. At times the road is wide enough for two...

Heading South. This road will get interesting 8

Ivory Coast Begins

I move South, hugging the West Coast of Ivory Coast, first bordering Guinea, and later Liberia. These borders have only recently re-opened after the Ebola outbreak from about six months prior. At Odiénné I...

All clear - for now 10

Malaria

On a trip like mine through Africa, Malaria presents a problem. Conventional wisdom says to take an “anti-malarial” pill in the hopes of preventing infection, though for a number of reasons that’s not really...

Visa Paperwork 3

West African Visas

Most people assume West African countries would be happy to give out a visa to a Westerner like me. That would be nice, but unfortunately not the case at all. The embassies of virtually...

At The Sleeping Camel 7

The Sleeping Camel, Bamako, Mali

The capital of Mali, Bamako, is virtually a required stop for those looking to traverse the West Coast of Africa. There are numerous embassies here for countries to the South, so it’s a great...