Thursday 12 December 2013


I crossed over into Mauritania yesterday. I'm glad I did it yesterday and not today. It took three and a half hours to get over the border and then my bike refused to start. I literally got pushed into Mauritania by eight people. That's one spark plug down! First impressions of Mauritania; very poor, very dirty, very bad driving, very high ratio of goats to people on the streets, and very friendly people.
 Today is my birthday, the first one I've had away from my family. I've been thinking about all my loved ones whilst I've been fixing a flat tyre that went down today. This is my first dry birthday I've had since I was 17 too. When in the Islamic republic....


  1. Heyup bud , just had a great meal , washed down with a couple of beers and a nice bottle of red..............HAPPY BIRTHDAY Martin

    1. Now those words perfectly formed the sound of the wind up merchants voice... I'm happy to report, Martin, That went I went home from the cafe last thinking I was just going to shower and go to bed, two Dutch guys turned up and when they found out it was my birthday they brought out a barrel of red wine. Top night/morning!

  2. Happy birthday!
    I wish you have a good trip! It is very interesting to read everything you write! Take care of yourself.

    Chevi (Miguel's brother)

  3. Happy Bday and hope to see you in Bamako.