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Fuel via Atlantic route?

Does anyone know approx distances between petrol stations via Atlantic route and also within Mauritania and Mali?
Will fuel for approx 400 km be enough, if traveling on "roads" acc to Michelin 953?
Planning for standard BMW 1150 GS with 22 litre plus 3x5 litre extra, total 37 litre.
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NDB to NKT is 530km on sand - you might just make it at 16kpl.

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Hi Chris!

Thank you for your information!
How about the road east from NDB to Choum and Atar, is there any petrol available in between?
And also on the road from Atar south to Tidjikja (and Tichit) before Kiffa?
Distances seems to be a lot longer than from NDB to NKT and hopefully there is petrol available and at reasonable price.

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Hi,

Nouadhibou to Atar, via Choum, is 570kms. Fuel is available at Nouadhibou, Atar and may be at Choum (425 from Nouadhibou), but don't rely on this.

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Skonte, it sounds like you need a copy of Sahara Overland or Cyril Ribas' book (in french)
There is no road or fuel from NDB east to Choum - just sand along the railway - hell on a GS twin. stick with the others along the coast. Same story from Chinguetti to Tidjikja.

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Hi Skonte,

In these posts there are useful information for you:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000374.html

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000331.html
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Hej José!

Lots of thanks for your help, as I understand it after reading all the correspondence, it will be possible to go from NKD east to Choum and Atar without train and also Atar south to Tidjikja and Aleg or Kiffa, if carrying enough of petrol and water on the bike, a BMW 1150 GS (with f+r Ohlins).

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The furthest distance in Morocco to travel is just under 200km, but although diesel is always available petrol may not be there, in this case the furthest stretch I can think of is 300km. Fuel is available at the turn off to Dakhla and at two other stations on the way to Nouadhibou.

Nouadhibou to Nouakchott, there may be petrol available in Nouamghar (330km sand from NDB) but it is not guaranteed and will be expensive. It is used by the local fishermen to power their boats.

Going east you may have problems, fuel may be available in Choum but I wouldnt bet on it and certainly not rely on their being petrol. The vst majority of cars in Mauritania are diesel powered so keep this in mind.

If you are going to drive down I think going solo on a bike is taking a big risk anyway, if you were to go with other cars or a 4X4 then they would usually have no problem to take extra fuel for you.

Petrol is available in Atar and towns on the Route de l'Espoir and sporadically available in Chinguetti and Tidjika, but again I wouldnt bet on it.
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