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Ideas for 6 week trip from UK mid October?

I've been preparing a for a bike ride on my own down to Dakar leaving UK mid October. The news yesterday that an ebola victim has been confirmed in Dakar has made me have 2nd thoughts. Of course the full implications of this news will be a lot clearer in a month or so. If this were to prove to be the only victim I would probably still travel, however this could be the start of a more serious outbreak in Senegal, with border closures etc., as we have seen in other ebola countries.

So as I have the time available I'm considering other options. I could go down as far as Dahkla in Western Sahara and cross the tropic of Cancer, a first for me, spending some time in Morocco on the way. I mainly intend to stick to tarmac. I've been to Morocco a few times but there are still areas to explore.

But if I didn't go to Africa then perhaps to the Balkans. Maybe not the best time of year as it'll get chilly in November, hence the reason for planning to head south. I'd love to visit Sarajavo again and the roads in Bosnia are great fun to ride. I'd head for Turkey but did a tour there last year.. I suppose the 'Stans are an option but had not seriously considered them.

I had prepped a G650 xCountry for the Dakar trip but have an R1200GS in the garage too which would not need much to make it ready, I'd probably take the GS if heading east.

So, any thoughts, ideas?
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I'd love to visit Sarajevo again and the roads in Bosnia are great fun to ride.
I spent last night in Sarajevo, and rode from there to Dubrovnik today.

It's actually getting a bit cool at the higher altitudes in Bosnia right now - last night's low in Sarajevo was 12°, thus I think it might be a bit too cool for enjoyable riding in late October.

Have you considered exploring Spain and Portugal? I think the weather there would be pleasant in October - early November. For sure, the crowds will be gone, and you will be able to find low prices for hotels (if that is how you plan to overnight).

Greece is another possibility, although the riding there is nothing special.

I think you are wise to take a pass on Africa for the time being - once the Ebola genie gets out of the bottle, all hell is going to break loose down there.

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Still reviewing options

Have considered going east to Greece or Turkey, using the Greece - Italy ferry for the return leg late November but there is still a pull to go to Africa.

I've also been following the ebola developments in Dakar and the guy from Guinea who came to Dakar with ebola in August has now fully recovered. A number of people he contacted are being monitored but none are showing symptoms yet.

So I've decided to head for Africa mid October as planned and go at least to Dakhla in Western Sahara and review the situation then. Should things have cleared up in Dakar I'll probably continue to Senegal but if the position has deteriated in Senegal I'll turn around at Dakhla and spend some time exploring Morocco before returning home. One positive is that I've got a ferry back from Santander to Portsmouth in late November, which was not available earlier.
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You could rent a bike in Argentina or Chile and have a great 6 week trip.
1 litre of is 27 pence in supermarkets if you return the bottle....

so what you spend on the ticket you save on cheap
should spend more time at the office......

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I'd skip Africa at the mo also, if they are admitting to finding 1 victim of Ebola you can be sure there are 10 more not found.

I'd second the choice for s/america cutting the trip to a month will help offset the increase in cost
If that is an option for you there are loads of fly in & rent destinations

nice problems you have, love to swap them for mine - have fun and ride safe wherever you end up.
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