Cycling Through West Africa, Veyt Races Towards Nigeria
Jelle Veyt has left his home in Belgium to cycle to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. This marks the fourth stage of his quest to climb the highest peak on each continent while traveling to them under only human-power.
This stage has already been tough work. First, he cycled down to Gibraltar. Then he had to row across to Morocco, dodging ships in the busy shipping lanes that lead into the Mediterranean.
Now, he is cycling through West Africa. Over Christmas, he took some time off the bike in Dakar, Senegal. His girlfriend and some friends joined him, and he was able to rest his legs and recuperate mentally.
After this welcome break, he returned to his bike in the town of Tambacounda and set back off towards the border with Guinee. The crossing proved easy and he found Guinea to be incredibly welcoming, “after a while my arms hurt more than my legs from waving to all the people,” he explained on his blog.
It took about a week to pass through Guinea, cycling mainly along dirt roads through coffee and cocoa plantations. His next country would be the Ivory Coast. The roads changed drastically across the border, and a well-paved highway took him to the capital city of Yamoussoukro. The excellent roads were good news, Veyt needs to reach Nigeria as quickly as possible to ensure he has enough time on his visa to cross the country.
He is almost halfway to Kilimanjaro, but there’s a long way to go.