Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Update.

Found Couchsurfing host here in Calabar. Decided to stay here with Dan for a few days while he fixes his bike. Make final decision to change my sprockets and chain tomorrow - that was my tomorrow morning job. Three mile ride to hosts house in the storming rain down a busy road... chain snaps.

You know all that 'good luck' that people keep wishing me... please stop as I think it's having the opposite effect!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Update.

I'll be making my way to Cameroon tomorrow. Got the visa today; was the easiest visa to get ever! I've changed my route into Cameroon due to the constant rains and I'll be taking a Northern route instead of taking the road straight from Calabar. Should take me two days to get into Cameroon and I have a nice place to stay on route too. Means I can set off early as I don't have to pack up and make it out of Nigeria as quickly as possible. For once it's not my bike that has broken down... it's Daniels. I can't stay here in Calabar though as I won't be able to afford to feed myself if I stay any longer! Hopefully I'll be meeting up with him again in Yaounde.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Update.

Hello! Sorry it's been a while since the last update. I've been making tracks quick through Nigeria, and there's been a distinct lack of wifi on route. I'm in Calabar now; a city near the border to Cameroon. I should get my visa either tomorrow or the day after... Then I can leave this country!!

So, first up; Malaria has all gone. The medication worked and I've felt fine for around two weeks... so now it's just one more thing to add into the experience bank.

Now for Nigeria... Nigeria is really not a good place to travel at the moment. I have never been to a more dangerous, hostile, scary, annoying and frustrating country in my life. It is because of the crisis in the North... but for me and Dan to be treated like suspected terrorists and to have experienced the hostility that is

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Update.

I think we ride in the morning. I felt pretty good yesterday but this morning after a coffee I felt like utter shit again. My girlfriend later told me that apparently it's not good to drink coffee when you're recovering from malaria. I fucking love my coffee in the morning... I'm a zombie otherwise.
 This evening I'm feeling better. I finished the last of my medication last night but just to be on the safe side I'm going to take doxycycline for a week on top... don't want any of those little bastard parasites in my blood stream anymore! As far as travel illnesses go malaria has been the least painful out of what I've had in the past, surprisingly. In India I had both dysentery (to the point where I was gushing blood) and altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was the worst by far.

Anyway, we're giving it four or five days to get up to the Nikki border crossing into Nigeria - thus begins the mad dash across the country!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Update.

I've uploaded my Togo pictures into the photo gallery. It was a welcome change taking photographs in a different country again!

Feeling better with the Malaria. These pills seem to be doing the trick. It's the confusion that's got me the most. Would be quite funny under different circumstances! Still getting the odd chills and headaches along with a complete lack of energy with aches whenever I start walking, but they're all subsiding compared to what they were like a few days ago.

I think the day after tomorrow I should be well enough to take to the road again and make it up to the Nikki border at the Nigerian frontier.

Bon chance!    

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Update.

Well here's one to take off the list; Malaria. Synopsis - It's not very nice! I started with symptoms last night... a little headache which has turned into a complete bastard at the back of my head now. Can't keep any food down. Shivers in 30c heat. Malaria haze dreams when I sink down. Every movement hurts and requires a lot of effort. I suppose it had to come at some point...

I'm taking medication for it, eight tablets a day in total for three days. hopefully that will be it as I've got to ride half way up the country and into Nigeria by the twelfth - that's when my visa expires...

At this moment in time I don't care much.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Journal 6: The long delay in Ghana, with a little of Togo and Benin.

Well, it's been a long time since I posted my last journal - mainly due to that fact that I haven't really moved anywhere for the past three months or so. I spent a long time in Ghana; A very long time. I entered on 22/02/14 and left on 18/06/14. This really wasn't expected - I was only meant to be there for three weeks!

So where I left off on my last one, I had just had a new engine put in. I really expected this to be the end of my woes. In the first 6 months I went through one and a half engines (not including this new one) had two new pistons put in along with cylinder re-bores, and two repaired valves also. This was intermittent with ten seizures in total, around seven spark plugs and an engine that was guzzling oil like a lost man in a desert who happened upon an oasis. This made the first 6 months pretty painful. With this new engine I really thought all my troubles would be over for a while and I was looking forward, even assuring myself that there would be some carefree travelling in front of me. I realise now that this attitude was a big mistake. You never know what's around the corner when doing something like this, and to lull yourself into a false sense of security is a dangerous thing to do.