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Old 02-19-2020, 05:59 AM   #21
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Like I said, brave man.
There's a very thin line between brave and stupid:-)
I try not to think about the van throwing an electronic fit.
Or the "bravery" of passing through a red zone.
Some westerners still sneak into Timbuktu but that's well and truly in the stupid area.
We booked into the "best" hotel in town last night.
Stupidity expensive, pool empty, warm beer.....but oh the Aircon and shower is so good!!!
So maybe we're not "proper" overlanders. I kid you not now. We were parked up next to some Europeans in a Toyota Troopy who crap in a bucket. Me I just wondered over to a restaurant, paid the equivalent of $1 for an excellent coffee, took in the stunning sea views and used their facilities. We've met some very stupid people:-) but mostly lovely, entertaining, interesting people

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Old 02-19-2020, 10:47 AM   #22
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My last comment referred to the bridge in the pic.
Tucking into a hotel when in an African city sounds quite reasonable.

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My last comment referred to the bridge in the pic.
Tucking into a hotel when in an African city sounds quite reasonable.

Thanks for the travel bits.
Yes, that bridge was a little rickity
In Senegal now. The border crossing was remarkably easy. Apart from 1 Mali border guy who tried to con some money out of us. It's very useful not speaking French. You just feign ignorance and repeat "I don't understand" in English over and over until they get bored and give up:-)
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Old 02-19-2020, 05:08 PM   #24
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Yes, that bridge was a little rickity
In Senegal now. The border crossing was remarkably easy. Apart from 1 Mali border guy who tried to con some money out of us. It's very useful not speaking French. You just feign ignorance and repeat "I don't understand" in English over and over until they get bored and give up:-)
You just have to remember not to finish the conversation with "Merci, bon jour!"

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The tail of our border crossing, Mali to Senegal.

We're stopped on the Mali side of the border by a stroppy officious little ****e in uniform.
We're instructed to follow him into an office to be met by 2 geekish looking guys sat at laptops. For the sake of this lets assume they're Mali secret police����
Then the main guy lounging in his massive leather (fake) recliner.
To his left is a man mountain.
The stroppy little ****e demands our documents and starts to copy the details in his book.
The 2 geeks sit silently.
The main man says nothing but just sits there with a mixture of amusement and bemusement.
The man mountain introduces himself as John. John Travolta........when a respond that I know "I recognize you" he nearly splits his side's laughing.
This doesn't go down well with stroppy ****e.
Who is now looking at me and repeatedly asking/stating "British Citizen" I respond We/yes a few times. He's still not satisfied. Repeatedly saying "British Citizen passport number"
The penny drops. Marie is now called British Citizen.
He's copied this from her passport.
I don't try to correct him. I just give him Marie's passport number ��
The man mountain is now comparing me to our traveling companion, who's quite a bit shorter than me.
He's saying Russ, big man. Richard, small man. The main man does find this quite amusing ��
So cut to the chase. Stroppy dumb ****e now demands money.
It's very useful not to speak French. You just say NO, where's the receipt? over and over and or look bemused. He gets bored and we leave
So Marie Humphreys entered Mali but never left and Brit Citizen never entered but left����
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Let's go for a nice drive along the beach I said.
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Looks like a good spot to camp then... Well it looks like its a tidal zone, so maybe not so good a spot to stop!
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Old 03-05-2020, 05:24 PM   #29
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Some locals took pity on us and supplied dinner
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Looks like a good spot to camp then... Well it looks like its a tidal zone, so maybe not so good a spot to stop!
I didn't stop intentionally
And I managed to find the only (very stinky) water for miles around.
Only 50 miles to phone signal, what could possibly go wrong
2hrs of digging. I'm still aching 4 days later! It was a race between the incoming tide and the heat of the day. Not too much fun at the time
I nearly didn't bring the sand mats, very glad I had them.

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