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Old 09-01-2011, 12:01 PM   #1921
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While in Ouagadougou we applied for the visas for Mali, the next country on our trajectory. The process was fast and painless and cost something like 45 USD per person. Then we moved on, towards the town of Bobo-Dioulasso, seeing on the way what the rainy season really means - there is water everywhere.





A park in Ouagadougou, totally inundated.














But the wet season also means everyhing is green!















It is wet indeed.















Too much water.















Kids playing with the current - in the dry season it must be no more than a trickle.

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Old 09-01-2011, 12:06 PM   #1922
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Are your photos of high water taken from the sides of the road, bridges?
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:46 PM   #1923
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Are your photos of high water taken from the sides of the road, bridges?
Most of those pictures were taken from a roadside, only the one with kids playing in a river was taken from a bridge if I remember correctly. In places there is really a lot of water, but the rainy season is still in full force.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:20 PM   #1924
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Thumb Something Interesting happened.

Hubert reported on an encounter

From his blog !

Margus, I am so glad you could link up.

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Yesterday, we visited 5 RTW (Round The World) motorcycles travellers who happened to meet separately at the auberge "Sleeping Camel" just a few blocs from ours. Four of them are riding North and Julien is riding to South Africa.

Cick on the links below to follow their blogs:

- Margus and Kariina, Estonia, 3 years on a BMW 1150 GS.
- Henry, South Africa, 1 year on a BMW 650 GS
- Gonzalo, Portuguese, 2 years on aBMW 1150 GS
- Julien, French, started for a 3 years ride on a Yamaha Super Ténéré.
- Martin, German, 3 years on a Yamaha Ténéré 660.
- Jean-Louis, French, on the road on a Ural sidecar !!!





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Old 09-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #1925
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Thumb ...here they are!

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Hubert reported on an encounter

From his blog !

Margus, I am so glad you could link up.

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9/1/2011



Yesterday, we visited 5 RTW (Round The World) motorcycles travellers who happened to meet separately at the auberge "Sleeping Camel" just a few blocs from ours. Four of them are riding North and Julien is riding to South Africa.

Cick on the links below to follow their blogs:

- Margus and Kariina, Estonia, 3 years on a BMW 1150 GS.
- Henry, South Africa, 1 year on a BMW 650 GS
- Gonzalo, Portuguese, 2 years on aBMW 1150 GS
- Julien, French, started for a 3 years ride on a Yamaha Super Ténéré.
- Martin, German, 3 years on a Yamaha Ténéré 660.
- Jean-Louis, French, on the road on a Ural sidecar !!!





Here they are! What a TEAM!
from Hubert's website

RTW (left to rigth) Jean-Louis, Jullien, Gonzalo, Henry, Margus & Kariina (not to forget Martin not on the photo):
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:10 AM   #1926
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Here they are! What a TEAM!
from Hubert's website
Yes, we had an amazing co-incident of so many overland bikers meeting in Bamako. A pic from yesterday:




Martin, Gonçalo, Julien, Hubert, Jean-Louis, Margus, Kariina & Henry (pic from Martin's camera shot by a Slovenian trucker)
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:03 AM   #1927
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But back to Bobo-Dioulasso, the second biggest town in Burkina Faso. Well, it does not feel big at all, rather quite a sedate place, with muddy (in the dry season probably dusty) streets, a bustling market, and the main reason for tourists to come here - mud and stick mosque dating back to the 19th century, a sparkling example of the Sudanese-Sahelian architecture. It is not very big, but the design is like from another world - like from outer space! Those sticks bear multiple functions, one of them being to support ladders used to climb up to repaint the mosque after every rainy season - otherwise it just would not last for so long!

Some spiritual stuff from the local radio to accompany the viewing pleasure:


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Old 09-02-2011, 09:00 AM   #1928
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Is it made from marshmallow?















On the inside. More than four hundred devotees fit it here to pray.















Does not really look too grand from the inside.







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Old 09-02-2011, 10:52 AM   #1929
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Bobo Dioulasso











Some humanitarian aid being distributed on the street.













Life on the street - the girls rushed to us in the hope of selling us a handful of dried caterpillars - Bobo's local delicacy.














Who said life revolves around a mosque?















Life around the market.














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Old 09-03-2011, 01:18 PM   #1930
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Motorcycle seller.















A colourful Bobo lad.














A woman in front of her stall.














Men rushing to a Friday prayer, woman with her moving stall of mangoes.














A Muslim man selling tea and Qurans on the side of the road.




All in all, Burkina Faso turned out to be a place worthy of some more exploration, not just whizzing through, and we hope it will set a good example for the countries to come - not just suffering and hard times, but some reward too!
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:27 PM   #1931
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Holy Smokes! I can see where this one is going to take me days and days, even reading the average 4 to 5 hrs. a day on here! (I'm retired wouldn't you know?) It sure makes the time go by fast though. Thanks much.

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Old 09-03-2011, 06:56 PM   #1932
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I can see where this one is going to take me days and days,
Sounds about right, took me the better part of 3-4 weeks for me to manage to work my way through and catch up with our daring duo's latest activities.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:57 PM   #1933
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Margus and Kariina,
Just wanted to say the wife and I are still loving your reports.
The last batch of music was very relaxing.
We are looking forward to the next installment.
Safe travels.

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Old 09-04-2011, 10:21 AM   #1934
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In Sub-Saharan nature and traffic

As a follow-up for the Congolese sand riding video, here's a few more sub-Saharan riding scenes that we believe, reflect quite adequately the real life experience on two wheels. Just add the hot and humid tropical climate, a riding suit permeated with sweat and the pungent aromas of the thirld world where sewage flows down the streets, and you get the answer to a few questions that may arise in your head at certain moments while watching the videos.

So, here they are, one from a dirt track in Cameroon, one from our ride through Benin City in Nigeria, and one from Lomé, the capital of Togo.






















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Old 09-04-2011, 10:52 AM   #1935
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Totally amazing videos! Thanks! I've been in a few African town/villages in South Africa and it all looks very familiar... just no smells at my computer
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