My buddy Josh and I just returned from a month riding through Ghana, Togo, and Cote D’Ivoire. I'll post some pics here as I sort through them. Josh had to delay his departure by a week for work, so I flew over solo on January 31 to find bikes and explore the Volta region of Ghana on my own. Then I metup with Josh in Accra on Feb 9, and we went east into Togo, north to the Burkina border, west across Ghana into Cote D’Ivoire, south to the coast, and then east back to Ghana. We ended the trip back in Accra on Feb 29, after a 4,750 km loop across the three countries. Before leaving we ordered some paper maps online, which arrived just in time. We figured out the route as we went, partly with the paper maps, partly by chatting with locals, and partly with our phones, which had local sim cards. We used paved roads to cover big distances, and then spent as much time as possible on dirt roads & footpaths, visiting small villages and checking out the countryside. This was approximately our route: In terms of bikes: we wanted local bikes, affordable, not fancy, something we could easily find parts for, easily work on, and that local mechanics would know how to service. With google, we could see there were some inexpensive bikes available in Ghana, mostly by Chinese companies we’d never heard of. I took $3,000usd cash to Accra, hoping that’d be enough to buy & license two bikes. Then we'd sell the bikes at the end of the trip and get some money back. I put out some feelers with friends & family to see if anyone had a contact in Ghana. Turns out that my sister’s friend Francie in Philadelphia had lived in Ghana for a while. She introduced us to her Ghanaian friend Moses, who in turn introduced us to his friend Charles, who lives in Accra. Facebooking with Charles before the trip, he agreed to help us get situated.