Travelling to the Guinean border

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
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Trip End Aug 31, 2012


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Flag of Senegal  , Kolda,
Sunday, April 22, 2012


I woke to the sound of Maria! And a good thing too as my alarm did not go off or at least I
did not hear it! By 7.30am, we were saying a sad goodbye to Dakar.
What a brilliant place. Before we left , the plastic around the truck
was asking to be picked up and so I picked up around one hundred or
so things while we waited. Some local men thanked me for doing it
which was nice.

Very soon, we were in the Senegalese countryside heading south east towards Dioberj ,
Gossas and Kaolack. We stopped at Kaolock for lunch. It was so hot.
By far the hottest day so far (44 degrees) and just walking in the
sun was exhausting but it was great to have a little time in this
town.

The landscape so far today has been very flat but lots of bushes and trees. I had a sense
of missing Dakar all morning but we have to move on. I can always
come back some other time.

We trucked on to Tambacounda and the day just got hotter and hotter. The landscape
varied little only in the density and type of tree which provided
differing views of this landscape. I felt overheated and so drowsy to
the point of falling asleep on the truck. It seemed a good way of
coping with the heat.

The next few days are going to be testing but I am sure it will be fine. It is after all
part of the adventure.

After Tambacounda, we took a road which took us extremely close to the border with The
Gambia (I'll be back) (461km from Dakar to Tambacounda) (7.45AM -
5,15PM). It also took us across the Gambia River which forms the
southern border with Senegal.

I have seen termite mounts for the first time this afternoon! The land is so scorched
around here too.

We kept driving until sun set to get close (42KM) from the Guinean border and set up for
our first of a number of free camps.
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