The Gambia.. we’ve arrived

Posted: November 23, 2010 in Africa Orbital, Gambia
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Darren Writes 23-nov

Hi guys.. Sorry no pics this time. I haven’t really stopped to take any as we have persisted onto the Gambia to fix Russ’ bike before it explodes… BOOM! Seems like the other fork seal has gone and we’re in the process of diagnosing an over heating problem. Here we can get parts shipped to, and then there’s no stopping us!

The story so far. Weve been riding morning to night with no time to fall off. In the south of Mauritania we stopped in a village where we were put up in a communal building (a bit like a small village hall). We were entertained and supplied with endless tea and finally the best nights sleep for days.

A 60 mile track to a back water immigration post in to Senegal made the crossing a bit easier though fighting not to pay the ‘extra taxes’ still a challenge.. one we overcome most of the time. Border crossing are a pain. Leaving Mauritania we had also to wait whilst they sat around a big bowl and ate. This was the same too entering Senegal though this time we were invited to join in. Good food too. We then stayed in St louis and road to 11pm the next day to the Gambia border. Same usual stuff  and then a ferry into the capital, Banjul. We almost arrived to our camp site when Russ fell on a sandy street on top of his bad ankle. Ouch. My injuries are slowly improving but im realising it will be a while before im better. Thanks for all your prayers. I hope it’s not too cold in the UK. Till next time.

  1. Nikki says:

    You can hope its not too cold in the UK but you so know it is! Brrr! Hope you manage to get the bikes fixed but more importantly get some rest for those bodies!!!…you’re not spring chickens any more guys 😉 xx

  2. It appears as though things are a little tough at present both with you two and the bikes. I pray you get them fixed easily enough. Don’t let it get you down, you’re doing well so far, keep it up.

  3. Phil Hagger says:

    Good effort guys! Really impressed with what you two are doing! Keep up the great work, praying for you and for a swift recovery! Take care and God bless you both.


  4. Ash says:

    Sounds like you two are having a hell of an adventure! Your both in our prayers daily and enjoy!

  5. Peter Jones says:

    Everyone would doing it if it was easy. Well down chaps, a bit of that stiff upper lip and trust in God and you’ll get there. Well done so far.

    If the photos are anything to go by, it looks an amazing time

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