Monthly Archives: November 2011

You’ve got Mali

Greetings from sunny Mali. And by sunny, I mean hot and humid. This heat is starting to affect our senses. We turn into parched, rabid loons after only a few hours on the road. We’re trying our best to keep out of the sun at least in the afternoon. However, despite our best efforts, leaving at the crack of noon each day seems to be “our thing”.


Wow, what a difference a couple of hundred km’s can make. We headed south leaving desolate Mauritania and entered Mali. Immediately the landscape becomes greener and the people friendlier. Cattle replace camels, shepherds reappear and so the road kill carcasses vanish. Women wear bright clothing, small children smile and wave before welcoming us with their usual greeting of “Monsieur, cadeau pour moi”.


The Islamic Republic of Mauritania has 2 seasons; the hot season and the very hot season. The very hot season, April to October, averages in the mid 40C’s. The remainder of the year averages a more agreeable temperature, in the mid 30C’s.
It’s hard to explain how hot it gets. Wearing ski gear, whilst sitting in an oven with a hair dryer blowing in your face is how it feels on the bike. It’s hot. Very, very hot.

Nut Shot, or Nouakchott as the locals call it

Sit on an oven, in a bigger oven with a hair dryer blowing in your face and you get an idea of what riding conditions are like here.