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23 February 2019 / leggypeggy

Off to explore more of West Africa

Ghana to Sierra Leone

Hope you’ll forgive my intermittent absences over the next eight weeks. Poor John and I are off on another adventure. I’m writing from Singapore on the way to Accra, Ghana.

A map of the basic overland itinerary is above, although Burkino Faso has recently been omitted because of escalating unrest there.

Here’s a link to the initial trip. This is the second time we’ve travelled in West Africa on the back of a truck. In case, you’re wondering, we’ll be camping again. My backpack, including roll mat and sleeping bag, weighs 12 kilos. Poor John’s weighs 14, but he’s carrying the laundry and coffee supplies.

The second leg of the trip—Freetown to Dakar—was full, so we’ll cover some of that distance by taxi and a flight.

No idea how much internet I’ll have, so I apologise in advance for all the posts I won’t have a chance to like or comment on. I’ll try to post as often as possible. Life will be back to ‘normal’ toward the end of April.

The map below gives you an idea of just how huge Africa is compared to the rest of the world. We’ll be travelling along the part overlaid by some of the map of the United States.

Size of Africa compared to the rest of the world

Size of Africa compared to the rest of the world

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  1. Derrick / Feb 23 2019 3:30 am

    I’ll be following you on the blog and through the camera lens
    Should be a good trip, but careful though, it where I got cerebral malaria (big Millie’s campsite) trust me you don’t want to get it, it’s a killer, as I found out

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 3:37 am

      Thanks Derrick. We’ve already started taking Doxy.

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      • Derrick / Feb 23 2019 4:04 am

        It never worked for me😐
        But the DEET helped (but melted anything plastic)😐

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 3:26 pm

        We use Rid, an efficient Australian brand. Hope it works.

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  2. susan@onesmallwalk / Feb 23 2019 3:38 am

    Happy and safe travels – I’ll be eager to follow along with your always-interesting posts 🙂

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  3. Robert Parker / Feb 23 2019 3:55 am

    Wow, exciting! Have a safe and wonderful trip, we’ll look forward to your reports! ¡Que tengas buen viaje!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 4:00 am

      Thanks, I just hope there’s the occasional internet.

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  4. gigglingfattie / Feb 23 2019 3:57 am

    Safe travels! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures!

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  5. ralietravels / Feb 23 2019 4:05 am

    Looking forward to reading about it; wishing you a safe and fun trip.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 2:51 pm

      Thanks so much. We’ve made it as far as Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Air has been excellent.

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  6. fragglerocking / Feb 23 2019 4:19 am

    Yes hope it all goes without a hitch, stay safe and have a grand time.

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  7. chattykerry / Feb 23 2019 4:25 am

    Bon voyage, my dear friend. I aspire to have your really adventurous spirit.

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  8. beetleypete / Feb 23 2019 5:16 am

    Good luck, and stay safe! I will look forward to hearing about your travels, but not envying the back of a truck too much. 🙂
    Best wishes to you, and Poor John too.
    Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 3:00 pm

      Travelling on the back of a truck presents its own challenges. We’re doing it while we still can.

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      • beetleypete / Feb 23 2019 7:53 pm

        And well done to you, for having that adventurous spirit, dear Peggy. 🙂

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  9. Sherry Thomas / Feb 23 2019 5:27 am

    Wow. Excited for you. Wish I was there too. Love
    S

    Sent from my iPhone

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  10. Popping Wheelies / Feb 23 2019 6:03 am

    I’m looking forward to the adventure. Had no idea the Africa is this big!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 2:59 pm

      Africa is huge. Last time we travelled here, we covered 30 countries and 43,000 kilometres in 11 months.

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  11. afterthelasttime / Feb 23 2019 6:52 am

    Bon voyage! What a great adventure!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 2:58 pm

      Thanks so much. Not quite as tame as our last adventure.

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  12. thewonderer86 / Feb 23 2019 7:28 am

    Stay safe and have a great time!

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  13. J.D. Riso / Feb 23 2019 9:40 am

    Wow what an offbeat area to explore. Wishing you a fabulous adventure and I look forward to reading all about it.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 2:57 pm

      We’ve been to West Africa before, but not to all of these. We’re excited about the journey, the people we’ll meet and the sights we’ll see.

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  14. Vicki / Feb 23 2019 10:20 am

    Sounds like a REAL adventure, but then you and Poor John always have been adventurous. Hope you have a safe trip. No doubt you’re both already inoculated ‘up to the eyeballs’ and carry a good first aid kit. Sometimes I wonder if you also both have cast irons stomachs, but I daresay hygiene is high on the agenda when you’re going by truck and camping.

    (I’d be laid out flat more than upright at my age and with my chronic digestive issues, although I don’t ever remember having a problem in my o/seas travels in my twenties).

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 2:56 pm

      Washing hands thoroughly and regularly is one of the health measures we can do. Oh and the inoculations up to the eyeballs and the first aid kit. Oh, and we do have cast iron stomachs.

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  15. onecreativefamily / Feb 23 2019 11:08 am

    I will be wating to read about your trip and see the photos.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2019 2:54 pm

      With the exception of Ghana, it’s a part of West Africa we haven’t been too before.

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  16. lexklein / Feb 23 2019 11:14 am

    Sounds awesome – enjoy!

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  17. lmo58 / Feb 23 2019 5:25 pm

    Have a wonderful time Peggy! You and John are so brave. I always love your blog and photos so looking forward to them already. Have fun and stay safe.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 24 2019 2:46 am

      Thanks Louise. You should go get some more figs. Call ahead so Mariah can corral Indi. I’ll send you one another’s numbers.

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  18. efge63 / Feb 23 2019 5:30 pm

    Awwwww what an excellent trip!!!! Have marvelous moments i will waiting for your posts! Be careful!!!

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  19. derrickjknight / Feb 23 2019 7:40 pm

    I hope you will both enjoy the trip

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  20. Emma Cownie / Feb 23 2019 8:06 pm

    That map is incredible, the one we usually see give no sense of the scale of Africa at all! I hope you enjoy the trip.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 24 2019 2:52 am

      Most people don’t realise how big Africa is. We spent 11 months travelling overland here in 2009. Covered 43,000 kilometres and still have lots to see.

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      • Emma Cownie / Feb 24 2019 6:33 pm

        I am sure you could spend your whole life travelling around Africa and still have lots to see!

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 25 2019 5:04 pm

        So true.

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  21. a mindful traveler / Feb 23 2019 10:42 pm

    Enjoy Peggy, sounds like an adventure. Safe travels 🙂

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  22. The Lockwood Echo / Feb 24 2019 12:32 am

    How exciting. Have fun and don’t forget your workshop manual ;)!

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  23. Nicole Joan / Feb 24 2019 2:32 am

    Pass through East Africa and visit us in Kenya

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 24 2019 3:05 am

      Thanks for the suggestion. We’re only in the West this time, but maybe in the future.

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      • Nicole Joan / Feb 24 2019 3:11 am

        No problem, welcome anytime.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 24 2019 3:17 am

        We love East Africa. We were there in 2009 and in the 1970s.

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  24. Curt Mekemson / Feb 24 2019 7:18 am

    Great, Peggy. I’ll be excited to see your stories, given my own West Africa experiences. –Curt

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  25. paolsoren / Feb 24 2019 4:09 pm

    Please, please be careful!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 24 2019 5:48 pm

      We will. Fully aware of possible dangers.

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      • paolsoren / Feb 24 2019 6:27 pm

        I was sure you would be. I just wanted to say ‘have a great time’ but put it in my inimical style.

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  26. sidilbradipo1 / Feb 24 2019 9:04 pm

    Have a wonderful, fantastic, new adventure 😀😎
    Ciao
    Sid

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  27. CarolCooks2 / Feb 25 2019 2:25 am

    What a wonderful adventure I also didn’t realise just how big Africa is…Above all be careful, enjoy and stay safe …Looking forward to your posts 🙂 x

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 25 2019 4:58 pm

      Thanks Carol. Yes, Africa is huge. We’ve been lucky enough to cover 43,000 kilometres of it by road, and more to come.

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  28. Sande Olocho / Feb 25 2019 12:22 pm

    Welcome to Africa. West Africa has a rich history just as Eastern Africa, the cradle of mankind; if you have read the works of Richard Leakey.
    I hope you will come visit this cradle of mankind and the Great Nile River as well as its sources one of these fine days.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 25 2019 5:04 pm

      Thanks Sande. I have read the works of Leakey. I have lived in Egypt and have visited much of the Nile. I swam across the river once at a narrow point. I have travelled overland from Alexandria to Juba, and been to the Blue Nile source in Ethiopia and near the White Nile source in the south. The Nile is truly magnificent. I’m glad you work to support it.

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      • Sande Olocho / Mar 2 2019 1:50 am

        That is awesome.
        And thank you for the compliment.
        We are giving the initiative a bigger boost this year.

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  29. Sy S. / Feb 25 2019 9:29 pm

    Hello LeggyPeggy,

    The map of Africa and how huge of a continent it is, was interesting. I have never been to Africa (except for Morocco), so I look forward to your blogs and pictures. I am a little late in reading this post and read you have already started on your journey (it is Monday here in NYC).. So wishing you and Poor John a safe trip.. and take along two “whoopee cushions” traveling in a camping truck! And as Dave said (in another posted blog, Colorado), the strong sun also might be a problem in Africa… use full strength sunscreen.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 26 2019 3:31 am

      I have great supplies of sunscreen and bug repellent. Even brought a hat.

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  30. Phil Huston / Feb 26 2019 3:11 am

    Holy crap – Brave doesn’t even start to cover it.

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  31. Forestwood / Mar 3 2019 6:35 pm

    Have a wonderful Trip. I look forward to hearing more about it.

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  32. barkinginthedark / Mar 4 2019 9:40 am

    enjoy your latest trip Peggy. continue…

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  33. The Year I Touched My Toes / Mar 7 2019 9:44 pm

    Hi Peggy, You two are amazing. Louise

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  34. Jo / Mar 10 2019 10:17 pm

    Safe travels Peggy and John

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  35. Unconfirmed Bachelorette / Mar 15 2019 2:00 pm

    Wow, the overlay map gives astonishing perspective! I’ve been to Northern Africa (Egypt) and South Central (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana), and that’s just a tiny fraction. Your travels are fascinating, Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 15 2019 6:04 pm

      That overlay map is an incredible eye opener. We spent a year travelling by road in Africa and covered 43,000 kilometres. Only visited three-fifths of the countries (30 in all). Back to do seven more.

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  36. jeanleesworld / Mar 16 2019 10:05 pm

    Ooooh, huzzah to more adventures! Be safe, you two, and happy journeys!

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  37. the italian language specialist / Jun 4 2019 8:17 pm

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 4 2019 9:02 pm

      We’ve been to Italy before, but are thinking about celebrating Christmas there this year. Stay tuned.

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