Numbers Africa

Belgium

  • Date: 20th of May – 28th of May 2012
  • Kilometers: 398.17
  • Days of cycling: 9
  • Days of rest: 3
  • Problems: swollen elbows, stressed muscle in upperleg, arms heavily sunburned
  • Longest cycle day: first day, 90 km
  • Nights in tent: 5

French

  • Date: 29th of May – 2nd July 2012
  • Kilometers: 1389.83 km
  • Days of cycling: 35
  • Days of rest: 11
  • Problems: shoulders heavily sunburned, puncture in back tire (Paris), rash/irritation between legs
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled chain 4 times
  • Longest cycle day: 88.98 in 6.3 hours (Rully to Paris)
  • Nights in tent: 30

Spain

  • Date: 3th of July – 12th of August 2012
  • Kilometers: 1556.44
  • Days of cycling: 41
  • Days of rest: 13
  • Problems: puncture in back tire on the way to Conquista Del Guadiana, rash has become little inflammation, bruised left hand
  • Maintenance: turned the chain, cleaned/oiled chain 3 times
  • Longest cycle day: 107.4 KM in 6.44 hours (Dos Hermanas to Chipiona)
  • Highest altitude: around 1200 meters to Plasencia
  • Nights in tent: 33
  • Cost of ferry to Ceuta from Tarifa: € 31

Morocco

  • Visa Mauretania obtained in Rabat: € 61 (multiple entree, 3 months valid)
  • Date: 13 august 2012 – 1 October 2012
  • Kilometers: 2634.95 total (1276.71 Morocco, 1358.24 Sahara)
  • Days of cycling: 27
  • Days of rest: 23
  • Problems: little saddle irritation
  • Maintenance:  cleaned/oiled chain three times, tightened it once
  • Longest cycle day: 10 hours en 7 minutes in Western Sahara (193. 6 kilometer)
  • Most kilometers in one day:  203.05 kilometer in 9 hours and 20 minutes in Western Sahara
  • Highest altitude: 640 meter in the Rif
  • Nights in tent: 1 at a camping
  • Highest speed: 66.5 kilometer (but without the 10 kilo dry-bag)
  • Best coverage in one day: 203.05 kilometer in Western Sahara
  • Remarkable: hopefully saved a baby chicken from death being fallen of a chicken transport truck

Mauritania

  • Visa: € 61 (multiple entree, 3 months valid) obtained in Rabat, Morocco
  • Date: 1st of October to 19th of October 2012
  • Kilometers: 769.28 kilometer
  • Days of cycling: 6
  • Days of rest: 11
  • Problems: puncture back tire, changed back tire and inner tube, little saddle irritations, blue calf
  • Maintenance: turned the chain, new back tire Marathon Mondial and inner tube
  • Longest cycle day: 9 hours and 40 minutes (see below)
  • Best coverage in one day: 164.32 kilometer Terjît – Akjoujt
  • Highest altitude: about 300 meter in Atâr
  • Highest temperature while cycling: 48 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 1 in the Sahara (finally!) at police checkpoint
  • Highest speed: 47 kilometer

Senegal I

  • Visa at Rosso border for free
  • Date: 19th of October to 9th of November 2012
  • Kilometers: 513.89
  • Days of cycling: 6
  • Days of rest: 15
  • Problems: none
  • Maintenance: turned the chain and cleaned/oiled the chain twice
  • Longest cycle day:
  • Best coverage in one day: 131.28 km. Louga to Thiès
  • Highest altitude: around 100 meters, near Toubab Dialao
  • Highest temperature while cycling: 37 to 40 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 2 (free at hotel ground and free at psychiatric clinic)

Gambia

  • Visa at Karang border for (hassle) free. One month extension 500 dalasi (€12.50)
  • Date: 9th of November to 21st of December 2012
  • Kilometers: almost 600
  • Best coverage in one day: 90 km for visa hunt
  • Problems: little itching developed into serious infection
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled chain once. Tightened it once. Renewed oil in Rohloff hub, after a total of 8800 km. Renewed the chain after a total of 9250 km. Thorn in front tire removed and inner tube repaired. Back tire kept loosing air, no puncture found, placed new inner tube. Repaired little hole in Ortlieb bag. Tightened the headset well (completely loose).

Time and cleanliness to change oil

Senegal II

  • Visa at Seleti border, totally hassle free
  • Date: 21th of December to 28th December 2012
  • Kilometers: 131.26 kilometer
  • Days of cycling: 2
  • Days of rest: 5
  • Problems: infection ankle
  • Maintenance: none
  • Longest cycle day: not noticeable
  • Highest temperature while cycling: around 31 degrees
  • Nights in tent: none

Guinee Bissau

  • Visa obtained in Ziguinchor, Senegal CFA 15.000, €24
  • Date: 28th of December to 2nd of January 2013
  • Kilometers: 378.38
  • Days of cycling: 6
  • Days of rest: none
  • Problems: none
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled chain once
  • Longest cycle day: 76 kilometer
  • Highest speed: 44
  • Highest altitude: 100 meter
  • Highest temperature while cycling: around 30 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 1
  • Remarkable: stayed at a Catholic Mission and Evangelic mission house

Guinnee Conakry

  • Visa obtained in Serekunda, Gambia for 2100 dalasi (€53)
  • Date: 2nd of January to 2nd of February 2013
  • Kilometers: 879 km
  • Days of cycling: 16
  • Days of rest: 15
  • Problems: fixed slow deflating puncture front tire
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled the chain twice
  • Longest cycle day: 76 km from Gabú into Guinea Conakry (piste)
  • Highest speed: 54 km on tarmac
  • Highest altitude: 1120 meter on the track from Labé to Donghol Touma
  • Highest temperature while cycling: above 40 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 12
  • Cycled on tracks: 459 kilometers

Sierra Leone

  • Visa obtained in Conakry, Guinee $100 (€80)
  • Date: 3th of February to 14th of February 2013
  • Kilometers: 724.84 km
  • Days of cycling: 11
  • Days of rest: 1
  • Problems: crashed with bicycle, bloody mess.
  • Maintenance: tightened chain
  • Longest cycle day: 108 km from Waterloo to Mile 91
  • Highest speed: 52 km
  • Highest altitude: 198 meter
  • Highest temperature while cycling: always around 35 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 8
  • Cycled on tracks: 70 kilometers

Liberia

  • Visa obtained in Conakry, Guinee GF 720.000 (€80)
  • Date: 15th of February to 28th of February 2013
  • Kilometers: 479.69 km
  • Days of cycling: 6
  • Days of rest: 8
  • Problems: Ortlieb bag repaired, chain fell off once
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled the chain twice
  • Longest cycle day: 119.48 km from Robertsport to Monrovia
  • Highest speed: 47.5 km
  • Highest altitude: 342 meter around Kpatewe Waterfall
  • Highest temperature while cycling: around 38 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 5
  • Cycled on tracks: 171 kilometer

Guinee Conakry II

  • Visa obtained in Monrovia, Liberia $125 (€93)
  • Date: 28th of February to 4th of March 2013
  • Kilometers: 167.89 km
  • Days of cycling: 3
  • Days of rest: 1
  • Problems: ear pain problems
  • Maintenance:
  • Longest cycle day: 76 km
  • Highest speed: 60 km
  • Highest altitude: 575 meter around Mount Nimba
  • Highest temperature while cycling: around 38 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 3
  • Cycled on tracks: 130 kilometers

Thanks to Derek, the brother of Oliver and Brendan, who send stuff to Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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Togo

  • Visa obtained at the border for CFA 10.000/€16
  • Date: 10th of April to 13th of April 2013
  • Kilometers: 53.7 km
  • Days of cycling: 1.5 (2 very short rides)
  • Days of rest: 1.5
  • Problems: none
  • Maintenance: two spokes back snapped at once, changed them for new spokes
  • Longest cycle day: not noticeable
  • Highest speed: 36
  • Highest altitude: pleasantly flat
  • Highest temperature while cycling: always around 40 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 3

Benin

  • Visa obtained in Lomé, Togo for CFA 15.000/€24 (one month)
  • Date: 13th of April to 5th of May 2013
  • Kilometers: 467.43 km
  • Days of cycling: 6
  • Days of rest: 16 (obtaining visa for Nigeria took a long time)
  • Problems: huge sand fly infection above knee (had to visit a clinic)
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled chain once, repaired another hole in Ortlieb bag front
  • Longest cycle day: 140.88 kilometer in 8 hours and 10 minutes, Cotonou to Abomey
  • Highest speed: 53.3
  • Highest altitude: 268 meter
  • Highest temperature while cycling: always around 40 degrees
  • Nights in tent: 4

Nigeria

  • Visa obtained in Cotonou, Benin for CFA 30.000/€48 (one month from date of issue)
  • Date: 5th of May to 24th of May 2013
  • Kilometers: 1074.74 km
  • Days of cycling: 12
  • Days of rest: 7
  • Problems: two spokes back tire snapped, replaced them for Chinese spokes
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled and tightened chain once good, once quick
  • Longest cycle day: 109.5 kilometer in 6.5 hour
  • Highest speed: 58.5
  • Highest altitude: 412 around Enugu
  • Highest temperature while cycling: around 32 degrees on cloudy days/40 degrees
  • Nights in tent: none, unfortunately
  • Border crossing: by ferry from Calabar (€55)

Cameroon

  • Visa obtained Calabar for CFA 18.000/€90 (two months)
  • Date: 24th of May to 17th of May 2013
  • Kilometers: 209.13 km
  • Days of cycling: 2.5
  • Days of rest: too many
  • Problems: mechanic had a try to fix bracket/bearing but did not succeed. Due to his not so careful banging, my back tire showed a huge wobble. I trued the wheel but had to loosen the back brake completely. Eventually bearing broke down, could not cycle anymore!
  • Maintenance: cleaned/oiled and tightened chain once, replaced brake pads in front
  • Longest cycle day: 87.30 in 5 hours and 20 minutes, all day rain.
  • Highest speed: 50
  • Highest altitude: 300 meter until I reached Yaoundé by minibus at about 700 meter.
  • Highest temperature while cycling: around 35 degrees, cloudy
  • Nights in tent: 5 on a field of a ‘resort’

Europe: Paris to The Netherlands: 538.32 kilometer

Total: 15.235 kilometer

 



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