So…who did this trip and where did they go?

I'm Nikki Ray and between August 2018 and May 2019 I cycled solo, carrying all my belongings (including a ukulele), from Santander in Spain to Accra in Ghana covering 10,000km in total. I wanted to arrive in Ghana before my 30th birthday using my own leg power...and I did! The last few years before starting…

Here comes the rain, racing to the finish: Abidjan to Accra

My cone spanner quest was finally over and my wobbly axel days behind me. The Morrocan guys I was staying with in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) sought one out for me through their contacts; and a guy came and delivered the cone spanner to outside the flat. The rainy season was now slowly creeping over the…

Humidity is rising: Guinea Bissau and Guinea

It was probably a combination of season change plus going further south, but I'm convinced that when I crossed the border between Senegal and Guinea Bissau on 23rd February that things got markedly hotter. I had a great time riding through Gambia and the south of Senegal (Casamance region). The dryness of northern Senegal was…

That’s it, no more detours

Whilst I was waiting on the island of Fadiouth in Senegal, a car free island where the pathways are covered with shells, I had a lot of time to use my paper maps and think about the next section of my journey. I was waiting for my phone to get fixed after dropping it and…

When things don’t quite go to plan

I wrote a song with this title when things didn't quite go to plan and I had to stop cycling for a while. I entered Senegal on 7th January 2019. It is not the biggest country and has Gambia wedged in the middle of it. However it was only on 24th February that I finally…