West African tour with the missus

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  1. simondippenhall

    simondippenhall Simondippenhall

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    I rode from London to Senegal on my 2003 BMW r1150GS in October, which is the subject of an earlier ride report.

    Somehow I 'persuaded the love of my life (my wife since 34 years ago ) to join me in The Gambia and ride on the back around Gambia and Senegal (which unexpectedly became a jaunt into the narcotraffic hub of Guinea Bissau!).

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    The report of that trip is here:

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php/472105-Gaels-return-to-West-Africa

    That trip will resume Monday when I fly back to Banjul to pick up the bike. But this third chapter will be solo, with no plan other than to head in the direction of Nigeria and more importantly, NO TIMETABLE.

    So please Moderators forgive this link but on an iPhone it's hard to run reports in multiple sites, as I did for my Iran trip 15 months ago, especially when electricity let alone WiFi can be in short supply.

    Simon



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  2. lifetravelled

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    Looks like a lot of fun!
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  3. simondippenhall

    simondippenhall Simondippenhall

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  4. DavidM1

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    Great stuff. You're reminding me that I'm not doing enough adventure riding. You've done Peru and Africa since Iran!.
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  5. simondippenhall

    simondippenhall Simondippenhall

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    Thanks David!

    A quick technical update on my electric/battery problems after the heat of the Sahara:

    So got to Bamako about 12 yesterday. Met Zerbo who is a police motorcycle instructor and member of the presidential escort team. Recommended by 2 people here. He took the GS to the police workshop about 14h45 has just returned it at 19h30 after:

    Fitting new sealed battery
    Engine oil and filter change (semisynthetic) and drive shaft oil change (lost viscosity)
    New air filter
    Fix headlamps and ignition switch wiring fault, including fitting new insides to the fried ignition barrel to retain the same key.
    Inspection of gearbox oil, says it's fine.
    Then showed me a video of the service operation which was very thorough!
    He loves the 1150 and calls it 'unburstable' and says mine is in good shape. (Although his work bike now an FJR, was an 1150 then a 1200).
    So the Sahara clearly bashed the bike but now it should be back on form!


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    simondippenhall Simondippenhall

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    I know it has been a while but after 6 weeks of adventures I am here
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    I have met many very friendly people across Senegal Mali Burkina Faso Togo Ghana Benin Nigeria and now Cameroon, where I am now seeing rain and thinking this stage if my journey will end, possibly to be resumed in the autumn.

    A sample but I won't attempt to replicate the 17 pages of my blog on UKGSer here:
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php/464067-Gael-Warnings-in-West-Africa/page6

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    Dinner by the roadside tonight:

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    And did I say there have been a lot of dusty dirt roads?
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    And stunningly beautiful roads through the tropical rainforest...

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    Not to mention many splendid sunsets...Thus tonight amongst the hills in which Yaoundé sits
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    Anyway, if you are interested in a solo voyage through West and Central Africa in a 14 year old, 130,000 kms BMW r1150GS......
    You know where to look!
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php/464067-Gael-Warnings-in-West-Africa/page6


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