Road Back From Timbuktu, Mali, Nov 13 - 14, 2007
Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
85Trip End Jan 05, 2008
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The day's drive south was through a scrubby, sandy, burnt-looking landscape where we saw only a few Fulani nomads and their cattle herds and a couple small settlements of mud and branch huts
We continued on the next morning and arrived in Savare around noon, the same town and campement near Mopti we stayed at six nights earlier. Rather than walk into town in Savare where there was little to see or do, I spent the afternoon around the campsite napping and relaxing since I slept very poorly the previous night.
It was in Savare that Ben, the co-driver on the tour for the seven weeks from Dover, made a final decision to leave the trip to attend to family matters back home, so we had a small goodbye party for him in the evening at the campement bar. I was very sad to see Ben leave since he had probably become my best trip buddy over the seven weeks since we started in Dover. Ben was a mechanical engineer by profession before he decided to travel the world as a Dragoman driver and someone with a quirky sense of humor and the engaging intellect usually only found among people who have traveled as extensively as he had. I truly missed his presence and company in the weeks that followed.