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One more day to go!

The heat is on as the great Budapest – Bamako rally is coming to an end. Sizzling 45 degrees celsius in southern Senegal today, a sweaty sms from Magnus informed me. “The jungle is on fire, and we are driving … Continue reading

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System shock!

(Posted on behalf of Joachim:) We decided to ride like our lives depended on securing ourselves some TLC. For once we beat the pack and secured ourselves a much needed hotel room, and in the finest hotel on our route … Continue reading

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Mbacké – Tambacounda

Today´s driving – appearantly – was a hot-hot-hot experience! 40 degrees celcius from Mbacké to Tambacounda, Senegal. According to Magnus, Senegal is a great country: “Everybody smiles and and happy and agreeable. Positive engery here!” Mbacké was filled with donkeys, … Continue reading

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Kissing the tarmac (ouch!)

Today´s vespa adventures on the coast of Senegal got a bit more adventurous than our vespateers had hoped for: “Front tyre blowout at high speed. Adrien kissed the tarmac sliding down the road dodging cars for 50 metres. Kevlar did … Continue reading

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Camels and bordercrossing

“I think we´ll reach as far as St Louis, Senegal today,” Magnus said optimistically earlier today, around 3 p.m. At that point, the three vespateers had just reached the Mauritanian-Senegalese border at Rosso. 5 hours later, the guys are still … Continue reading

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Nouakchott, Mauritania

Today, the guys arrived in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott. “A hole”, said a tired Magnus on the phone upon arrival. They had had a really weary day, driving along the coast through wet sand as the high tide came in. … Continue reading

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Beach camp in Mauritania

Today all the Bamako-teams, including our three brave vespateers, are cruising under the sorching sun in Mauritania, a former French colony. Mauritania has one of the lowest GDP rates in Africa, despite being rich in natural resources. The country is … Continue reading

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Sand in the machinery – updated

Here is a pic from yesterday´s adventures in Western Sahara. A lot of sand on the engine compromised the mechanics of the vespas, but eventually, the guys made it into a small hotel in the middle of nowhere. There, they … Continue reading

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Stunning coastline

“Argh, I am tired of sleeping in a tent,” Magnus said on the phone this morning. Last night, the guys were planning on relaxing and sleeping proper beds in a hotel in Bojdour, Western Sahara. But when they finally reached … Continue reading

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Avoid the landmines!

Today´s roadbook for the Budapest-Bamako rally contains this piece of reassuring advice: “IMPORTANT: There are landmines in Western Sahara. DO NOT GET OFF THE PAVED ROAD OR THE DIRT ROAD. Always drive in tire tracks. Don’t deviate from the dirt … Continue reading

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