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The Mountains of Togo

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I have been told many times the mountains around Kpalimé are a highlight of Togo, so I make my way there, and am not at all disappointed. Kpalimé itself is a mountain town with a bustling market where I resupply, before heading up the nearest mountain and eventually winding my way along a road that directly follows the Togo/Ghana border. A couple of times my GPS says I’m actually on the Ghana side of the border, though without the stamp in my passport I don’t think it counts.

The mountains around Kpalime

The mountains around Kpalime

A shack on the side of the mountain

A shack on the side of the mountain

Street market in Kpalime

Street market in Kpalime

Every single person is extremely friendly, immediately bidding me welcome and waiving enthusiastically. People don’t ask for anything, and since entering I have noticed Togo is much cleaner than the countries I have been to recently.

More mountain views

More mountain views

I’m on a mission to get somewhere in particular high in the mountains, and pick the smallest roads I can find in order to get there. On one road I come across a bridge with some very dubious looking planks of wood covering large holes. I think about it for a long time and in the end decide it’s not worth messing with. The consequences of dropping even one corner of the Jeep through the bridge are serious, so I turn around and find a different way up and into the mountains.

A bridge I found in the mountains of Togo

A bridge I found in the mountains of Togo

Close up of those bridge planks

Close up of those bridge planks

Happily that brings me to an even bigger, more impressive bridge that is perfectly fine to drive across.

Posing in the mountains of Togo

Posing in the mountains of Togo

This road is seriously impressive, cut right into the side of the mountain

This road is seriously impressive, cut right into the side of the mountain

-Dan

3 Responses

  1. You went farther on that bridge than I ever would!

  2. Karen Ndegwa says:

    Great progress. That bridge looked like it would collapse glad you made it through. I see your enthusiasm is still high.

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