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My rear shock was weeping oil. Not good! Discussing this with my cousin's neighbour, Greg Stead, he suggested someone who would know best how to fix it in Harare. As it happens, I was meeting that bloke ("oak" in Zimbabwe), Graeme Sharp, the next day for lunch.

Graeme Sharp also rides, which is a...

Whilst staying with family in Harare, Jaakko and I went for a ride to explore the area. A good opportunity to make the most of riding without our luggage on the bikes.

We headed towards Domboshowa but were deterred by the expensive tourist rate. Riding further North, we found Cross Kopje, and...

We left Lesotho at Sani Pass, which was a spectacular exit. However, arriving at the top of the pass, I was cold, hungry, and tired. I sought refuge in the pub to warm up! Jaakko was outside chatting and drinking with a group of South Africans riding dirt bikes up and down Sani Pass that day. Lo...

At a campground near East London, a guy walked over to say hello as we pitched our tents. He had a second home on site and rode motorcycles too. The usual motorcycle chat ensued.

He then returned with a lamp, power extension cable, two chairs, and two chocolate bars. He said he knew what it's like...

After collecting my motorcycle in Soyo, I rode to Luanda. Hunting for a camp spot along the coast, I found a small overgrown track that opened into a huge area hidden from the road.

My chain was in need of a good clean, so I sprayed WD40 and lightly brushed off the grime, before applying chain...

I'd heard mixed reports about Nigeria. Some said don't go because of security concerns. Others said the people are fantastic. I didn't know what to expect! Despite the minor moto madness incident, which can occur in any city, my experience of Nigeria was overwhelmingly positive!

Nigeria is large...

The day after the Nima tour, I had a short stay at the Salvation Army that turned into a much longer stay.

Before leaving the UK, I acquired all the vaccinations for my round the world journey. Some vaccinations needed top up doses, which I would do whilst travelling. I had found a doctor in Gha...

The motorcycle started to feel unstable and like jelly, so I pulled over just North of Bartendu. Sure enough, it was a puncture. I set to and started to change the inner tube to discover the rim lock was damaged and four metal pins had pierced the inner tube. See the bottom of the rim lock in the ph...

Approaching Conakry, there was a queue of stationary vehicles that were blocked by a fallen tree. Chainsaws were in action, but I couldn't see any road through the green barrier. Locals on motorcycles were scooting through a village to get around this, so I followed them over grass and tracks, which...

After a night of wild camping where we were supposed to be stealth, we woke up to multiple people tending their cattle who said hello. They were friendly and OK with our presence, but so much for being stealth!

The Gambia's vegetation is more luscious than previous countries on my route through...