Dabola 316km complete

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

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Flag of Guinea  , Dabola,
Thursday, October 11, 2012

More road dramas today! We headed out pretty early to try get to kankan but it quickly became clear the county council had misspent their budget that was allocated to RN1 national road, not sure on what but it wasn't the road.

The scenery was beautiful and we did get some sections of great road with long sweeping bends, twists and turns. The villages were so friendly, you have to learn to ride one handed for all the waving. I've actually ditched my wave in favour of a salute, I'll mix it depending on the mood.

...then disaster struck...Adrian said he has lost rear brakes and on inspection the the pads had literally melted away. It wasn't sensible to carry on so we decided to stay in Dabola and see if we could get the brakes sorted.

We found a very cheap hotel (£7 for both of us) which was tired to say the least but it had a very official concierge who insisted I provide all my details, passport number and occupation, the receipt was than stamped no less than twice! I think he used to be in customs?

It is fun riding around the towns in shorts t shirt and no helmets, every time we stop a crowd gathers. We a started shouting English and broken brakes, after much chatter, pointing and shouting a young man comes racing through the crowd on his bike, he says follow him so we do... Through back roads we arrive at a very messy hut / garage. Adrian starts explaining the problem and in no time he's rushed away and forged a brake pad that will at least do until Ghana...parts and labour £5. I think we got fleeced!

Had a street food snack of meat skewers...i have no doubt this is the one!

We went back to the hotel really pleased with the days ride and the success of the afternoon. We even got our deck chairs off the bike to have a beer (haha the hotel didn't have any chairs! But stamps, we got them!)
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