Burkina Faso, hungry hungry hippos
Thar she blows, the Harmattan over the dusty roads towards Ouagadougou. I'm handling the bike on an angle & squint my eyes to avoid getting sand in my vision. Its a long hard day of riding but we push ourselves to make the distance we planned. Thirsty, dirty and with a mouth full of sand, we arrive to Ouaga exhausted.
playing in mounds of cotton in Western Burkina Faso
Hay carrying cyclist on some remote dirt road
We chilled in relaxed Ouagadougou whilst waiting for the troubled bikes to arrive from Mali as Leo & Dereck arrive by public transport. We spend over a week ordering bread from the balcony, eating at a cheap local restaurant & drinking condensed milk coffees. After the bikes finally arrive, the convoy diminishes back to the original team of Rob & I as Leo & Dereck head to Lome, Togo to fix their bikes.
Cannes Sucre, fields of sugar cane near Banfora
Rob & I head to Boromo to spot elephants by the river but disappointedly so, no Dumbo sited, just their grassy remains.
elephant spotting in Boromo
We head further west to Banfora, where we board a sinking pirogue (buckets of waters scooped over the edge) on Lake Tengrela & spot hippos surprisingly close. We climb the Domes of Fabedougou (which are almost identical to the Bungle Bungles in Oz), see the pics of Sindou & swim in the nordic fresh Karfiguela waterfalls.
Lake Tegrela near Banfora
Hungry hungry hippos
Domes of Fabedougou
We decide to reunite with the boys at Mole National Park in Ghana when and if their bikes get fixed, so that's where we are heading.
Posted by Amy Lee at January 08, 2007 11:44 AM GMT