An African slap!

Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Flag of Guinea  , Kedougou,
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monday the 8th was a no blog and no photo day! There was no fun! 50km in 10hours! Worse than the day before!

We left Baliki early, we felt uncomfortable and the atmosphere had changed with the smugglers! There was a lot of interest in our bikes, phones maps. I had given them my mobile number and e mail the night before...y'know for when they're in london (hmm I gave them my real one, so now I'm paranoid of hacking... Yep because that could happen).

We stopped 2-3 km out the village to gather our thoughts and where i had my first wild toilet experience...quite liberating!

Day was immediate hell! The same tracks but with even more rain added to the mix! The routine of dropping the bike every few km continued but with more severity, this time the panniers ripped off (currently held on with cable ties, not sure how I will resolve this issue!)

Twice I caught my ankle on the pannier and a deep rut...crapped myself thinking it was broken...hmm could walk and move so must just be a sprain!

Drank water from rivers which was fun but cholera and thoughts of disentry linger.

At one point i was worried i might pass out i was dehydrating, my hands were cramping making my fingers look like tendrils (don't want to be dramatic but it's true!)

We tries to press onto Labe but our heads dropped when we heard it was still 60km and again we only had an hour of daylight left. We would never make.

Found village and asked if we could stay, first one said no but the second one agreed... Thank god! Truelly amazing people, so kind and generous! I had African physiotherapy to my ankle which reduced the swelling. We showed them maps of our route as we all spoke in animated hand gestures!

They made us dinner of rice and gravy with peanuts! Getting a taste for this! 20 kids then gathered around a portable DVD player to watch a movie! Never thought I would be in the absolute wild and see a DVD player.

They gave a room in one of the huts and after a good nights sleep we were woken with breakfast. Really wish they knew how thankfully we are!

We headed out 8am determined to make Labe! We are staying for two days to recuperate, let my ankle rest and do some much needed maintenance to the bikes.

Clutch has reared it's ugly head again, going to bleed in the morning ( with Adrian's help!)
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