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The Ragga-Klamm is closer with the stones to you, great noise of water. The Groppensteinschlucht is more idyllic, with big waterfalls, great scenery, better done for painters. I did some variations. Di You have to participate a lot during the guidance. I started for Malta valley, but had to stop in the middle because of the rain. The Malta valley, of course, is famous for its waterfalls, on these days even for water from heaven. Mi I climbed up to the huge dam, which I visited from inside.

There you get a lot of detailed information about engineering such a building. On top it was not possible to ride further on, because of the storm and the water crossing the ways. Because the cottage was closed, I just ride part of it, for getting back to Malta with a comfortable camping. Photo gallery chapter I photos : to be continued.

The pass is in the higher ranges an offroad forestry road. Of course, even some asphalt parts are not of best quality, there is no problem to ride it with a randonneur. For some parts you have to leave the bank route because of private property. At Schlossvilla you may cross the lake with a ship or go hard climbing bank way, or leave the lake southward for an interesting place.

The Egelsee is a small lake within swamp area. Some parts you need to push the bike, maybe. Finally I climbed first part of the next mountain road. I stopped at a restaurant as the only guest and the owner allowed me to sleep inside a separate part of the restaurant for free, instead hotel rooms available. Fr Not really forbidden, bur unsure the status, is the way to Goldeck top with a nice cottage with delicious products of cacao.

There is a wonderful waterfall close to the lake. The lake itself is less touristy than on the west side, as well there is just small place aside camping and hotel to go to the lake. Sa Birne, gebackene Reinanke m. Erdbeeren ca. Next route is someway unofficial and difficult. Instead, even the unpaved road to toll road is very heavy, even more with thunderstorm without any protection.

Nice flowers all over at the plateau Villacher Alpe. On the road down to Villach there is a big out-look to the Red Wall, the hill had broken down in the 14th century. There is an unknown crossing from Drau valley to Afritzerbach, just an easy climb via Krastalsattel. You can sea some sculptures from international artists on the whole route.

From the shadowed parts in the Afritzerbach you climb strong to Arriach, the geographical centre of Carinthia. Very good location there with Alte Point dinner and room. You have big carpets of alpine roses on top. The weather again was hard, starting with ice rain. I escaped on the way back down. Next way over the saddle of Innerteuschen is not so important, but with little traffic. After castle in Himmelberg you can find a sideway road to the Flatschach Lake, just small for bathing, not very important for the landscape, but woods around full of blueberries.

In Feldkirchen I met two cycling guys from the town, inviting me to stay there overnight. So the day turned out short. The cycling guys are interested in special technical design of good racing bikes, one worked as a watch-maker. I had to wait the whole day in the camping restaurant. The most exciting place on the way to Keutschach is the Tauernteich, a small road, partially unpaved in the back of the bigger Ossiacher See downward.

The Ossiacher See is mainly private property, well known in Ossiach with classical music festival in summer. The cycling way looks sometimes like a cage between road, railway and luxury buildings. Somewhere in a lake village I found streets forbidden for cyclists, but allowed for cars. If you look for a better bathing lake with free places, you should choose for the Forstsee, a storage lake, but with a lot of niches. You can reach by low traffic routes through wooded areas with blueberries. At southeast, first houses of Maiernigg, you look at a private property with a yellow villa.

This had been the house Gustav Mahler formerly, living there partially with his family. Gustav Mahler composed some important works in Maiernigg, beside that he was of very sportive character. For composing he used a special chalet in wood above the lake, you can reach by a short unpaved steep road, alternative a more idyllic walking trail. Next scenery place is the monastery of Viktring, today a school, in summer for short a festival place with different kind of crossover music, originally organized by Friedrich Gulda, and located at Ossiacher See formerly.

Haider was a populist representative of the Right in Austria, who played a crucial role in discriminating the Slavic minority people in earlier times they had been the majority and another crucial role in the bankruptcy of the bank Alpe Adria Hypo, which brought a big depth to Carinthian budget instead of many millionaires Carinthia is the poorest federal state of Austria at all. If you go for a sideway road to the Drau, you have chance to visit the castle Hollenburg, which is private property, but you can take a look the open parts. There are some old carriages and a nice inner court.

In Kirschentheuer there is museum for bees, the traditional painted bee houses you can even visit from outside. Carnica is a well known honey of the Rosental. For the Tscheppa canyon you can use two ways. The Loibl road is better to ride downward, because of traffic. There is a cycling way from Ferlach to the lower entry, but some short parts of this way are not the best. With the ticket you can ride back partially with a bus, but walking back is maybe faster.

The camping in Freitritz is strictly recommended, if you like a gourmet like dinner. Do Hackfleisch, Pasta m. It depends, what you like more. The Faaker See is an extreme sample of private property lakes in Austria. There just a few free places you can take a look to the lake. Camping and other official places are much commercialized. The cycling way in the west is something like an awful trail through the wood.

For the Wurzenpass you need a lot of power, be short, but very steep. The Slovenian side of Canal valley is easy to ride by a new cycling way, formerly railway route.

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For overnight I stayed in a new hostel for cyclists on the way to the Laghi di Fusine. As well, poetic music from a poetic place, lost in thoughts. The sensational view continues if riding upwards to Rifugio Zacchi very hard , where you stay overnight, too. You are always surrounded by the great mountain scenery, mainly created by the massive of the Mangart.

Maybe you feel like in Nepal or Tibet there. I turned round Mangart from the other side by riding the Mangart road. Even this road is a beautiful mountain road, the highest in Slovenia, and one of the most wonderful in the Alps. I get more wonderful impressions today in the late afternoon, but just after a heavy thunderstorm. I was in good luck to reach back Klementa Juga right before the thunderstorm. Before I had a long walk to Krnsko jezero, enclosed by mountains, with alpine roses around as well some yellow flowers on other sides. The great scenery is exclusive just around the lake on the plateau, most parts before are not very impressing wood.

But Soca in the upper parts is always blue, because of micro carbon material from the stones. Other parts, which are more emerald green, like the lakes before, get their colour from microbic algas. Up to Trenta you get many possibilities for camping or other accommodations. The last camping is even outside Trenta, one first climb to ride.

Before the Soca valley is easy to ride. On better days Vrsic pass is very busied with cars, racing bikers and more. The north side is different with larches and mountain views, but no river aside. You just find back to water close to Kranjska Gora with the Jasna Lake. Next way is a cycling way on an old railway ground, easily to ride and with a lot of infrastructure for cyclists.

In Mojstrana you can choose for camping Dovj , youth hostel or other accommodations. There is another blind valley with great mountain scenery, but I just take half of it. Two other blind valleys there are possible to ride. The Radovna valley is mainly unpaved, but easy to ride. From Krnica you follow a hard climb on a good road to Pokljuka plateau, maybe known from winter sport Biathlon. There are different ways to reach the Bohinjsko jezero. The way I choose is less wood, but more alpine cottages, today used for holiday chalets.

You have to walk many steps for the waterfall and to pay entry. Down under close to the camping there is a cemetery in memory for lost soldiers in the World War I. Good restaurant in the village, camping ground direct at the water of the lake. Some of the last photos in the gallery will represent the morning mood at the lake next day. Music: The Slovenian Band Katalena mixes traditional tunes of the country with rock, pop or jazz, creating refreshing new sounds out of it: Katalena: Dez min.

Photo gallery chapter III photos : to be continued. Ravioli m. The forestry road via Rovtarica to Drazgose is unpaved, but suitable for randonneurs. You just meet a few cars, maybe some wood trucks. You follow some hills with green meadows until coming down to Kranj. Kranj is well known for the poet France Preseren, the best known poet of Slovenia. He lived there in the last part of his life. One important work of him is the Sonetni Venec. The architecture of Kranj town is in the style of k. Its significance goes back as Bischoflack as a setting of the Bistum Freising in Bavaria, still important for several hundred years.

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Still remaining symbol from that time is the big monastery building. I found some good place, but normally much more expensive.

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Schinken, Pasta m. The most difficult ones are from Crni kal down to Potok and the road down to Zgaga but that way an alternative via Porezen is possible. There is little infrastructure, but some you can find. Even I met a Suisse family, making holidays there. Maybe most exciting is the short canyon before Davca and the waterfall, reachable unpaved by a blind road.

A short way to Tolmin with some up and downs is possible to find in Kneza. The hotel Kobala had no more small rooms for me a bigger one to expensive , but they allowed me to place my tent on their ground. Next water project was the Tolminska korita, a canyon with very impressing stone walls and blue water between. In the afternoon I climbed to Vrsno, a small mountain village with the Krn Mountain behind. The peak of the Krn had changed during World War I, because it was shot down by artillery. In Vrsno is the birth house of Simon Gregorcic, another important poet of Slovenia.

He has given wonderful words to the nature of his homeland, especially to the Soca. But I failed this day, because too much reservations. But Kobarid is a centre of Slovenian cooking, so easy to find a good alternative. The photo gallery closes with pictures from the walk to the waterfall Kozjak, which I had done in the next morning. That walk is strictly recommended, a wonderful place.

Music: Slavko Avsenik, once even a ski jumper, created a new, but commercial folk sound with the Original Oberkrainer.

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Photo gallery chapter IV photos : to be continued. Kobarid and its surrounding was one of the main battlefields during Isonzo battles , at least 12 battles, just the last battle has brought movement in the front. Everything is explained in different languages.

Even you get to see a video about the regional war history. A second section considers Slovenian history and traditions and prominent figures of the history like the poets. Not every part is for cycling, but next Kolovrat route is important part of it. From pass Solarjii ongoing is an unpaved part, but easy to ride. With first village asphalt is still back. If going down in Kambresko to Soca, notice the waterfall direct at the road. I was a little bit lucky to find stone holes there, because another thunderstorm had come over me.

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Erbeersauce, Rotwein? The most exciting route is between Kanalski Lom and Kal Nad Kanalom with mystical wood, full of sun through the leaves. The Cepovan valley is less important, you are always in the sun. The railway bridge is a protected historical building. In Lokve is the best place of all villages in that area to find a good restaurant and different kind of accommodations.

The pot roast there was the best I ever could smell. Best quality out of homemade products. The restaurant strictly recommended, the hotel not so important. After short part on asphalt there is another offroad part through a wonderful pass with a lot of stony sculptures Preval Drnutuk. From Dolenja Trebusa you follow a wonderful valley up to Gorenja Trebusa. There is another waterfall to reach by foot, but not easy to reach. Asphalt ends close after Gorenja Trebusa just a small bistro and next climb to Mrzla Rupa is very hard with heavy gravel and enormous steepness.

In Mrzla Rupa you are back on asphalt, but again one steep part to Vojsko. Then the road goes down, but steep down just in the last part to Idrija difficult road there. Mercury mining had been crucial for Idrija for some hundred years, one of biggest mining in the world. Of course they had a lot of insane people with that kind of mining. Unless, Idrija today looks comfortable and you see a lot of sportive people there. At the end you have to cross the Idrijca by a walking bridge. Up to Idrijska Bela you follow the river on asphalt road.

There is a recreation era at the end with some infrastructure. There are unpaved roads further more to reach Mrzla Rupa or Vojsko. To climb up to Zadlog is hard, partially unpaved with some sandy parts. In Zadlog you have reached a Karst plateau. From Crni Vrh you follow a road with more traffic because road is important for transit. Coming down the other side, you can look at the breaking off of the Karst.

Next region begins with Vrpolhje, the Vipava winery route. The Vipava spring you can see at an idyllic place in Vipava. This way winery tourism is less important than at the Karst winery route. Unfortunatly, the good restaurant in Storje was closed on Monday. So I had just a quarter of wine from the camping, every guest gets for free. Music: Peter Savli represents the young composer generation of Slovenia.

This sample shows unusual instrumentation for marimba and orchestra. Photo gallery chapter V photos : to be continued. From Sezana there is a gravel road to Basovizza, not easy to ride, better for mountain bikes. A short interval on asphalt to Draga San Elia. There you cross a cycling way through the Val Rosandra, formerly a railway track. Inside, half way, there is a very steep road to a bistro Bottazzo. I crossed some little villages later until coming down to Koper route. If on the way to Ankaran, traffic is less.

Ankaran itself is a place of big tourist trouble, so better stay not there, if possible. Even Italian side is better in Muggia for example. You look over vineyards to sea and the big ships. The ferry just persons and bicycles is not easy to find in Muggia. You should ask local people. Take a look into the small picturesque town. Just sit down and look to the people, breating timeless. Many poets have done before so and still do so. Of course, some modern bistros are less charming than the old ones, but the old ones are someway looking jetset-like today.

The way out to Opicina you should go the university route. If you reach the obelisque in Opicina, search the streets through the town. I failed that and had to ride on a busied and ugly road around there. In the Grotta Gigante you get in season guidance every hour. Fortunately you can find everything in Cape Town. Unfortunately it was sold out. Therefore I had schnitzel which was very good. I started in Berlin and Munich nearly 10 yrs ago, therefore it would appeal me to start here as well. But it is too hard for a spontaneous run and I stayed the last seven months on the bike.

Yesterday it was the best weather to go to the top of the Table Mountain. In the middle of the photo you find the centre of the city, left hand you see the oval of the new football stadium. The mountain offers all around views which have been enjoyed as well from many other people as it was cloudy the last few days. The 5 star house is in the good part of the town. Three years ago Klaus and Christoph, the former owners of Ess9 in Munich, renovated the classy Victorian villa.

Together with Steffi they built a unity, so that Steffi says about her employment that it is the paradise of earth. Every day she starts with love and happiness in the 2inn1, where she, together with her highly motivated team, is reading every wish of her guests out of their eyes. According to guest appraisal it is the second house in Cape Town www.

More information you can get under www. Yesterday, 4 pm, I arrived in Cape Town. Stefanie Landherr is a daughter and nice from my neighbourhood in Ziemetshausen. For a small party to say Good bye I sponsored the food and drinks. Altogether there are 20 people. Yesterday I renewed the silicone gap between tilling and sink. We prepared the small party altogether. We are all a bit sad, but my journey is not on the end yet. This project is not easy.

The sister of Isak, unfortunately hardly to see on the photo, had to go to hospital in Windhoek. The man who we had to put into hospital last week died meanwhile. That is good for HIV but very bad for the people who are ill. Today I cycled to the quiver tree wood 17 km. It was a very different feeling driving without baggage. The quiver tree got its name because its holed branches have been used to keep the arrows in it.

Sister Maura-Philomena is the headmaster of the primary school. She is living just next to the rectory and asked if I would visit them. The children have been very nice and have been glad to see me. We have a nice time together despite the serious matter. That means that every family is involved somehow. The drugs are gratis in Namibia.

This takes ages in Africa too. Katharina sitting was already active working again. Lots of food had to be prepared. This was last Saturday. She is a brilliant and remarkable chief. The last days have been very convenient. Today he was out therefore Trudie and I went to the city for the shopping. Today 7. I visited the service of padre Saju. The service her in Africa is compared with Germany more agile and many women are working active in it. There are 20 women and men who are looking after people who are suffering of AIDS. The voluntary aid organisation exists since 10 years. She started with her husband 12 years ago.

Her husband ran many marathons. Unfortunately he died meanwhile. At the moment Kathrina is ill and gets treatment as well, but she is still active. She is a remarkable woman and we can cope very well. The other sick persons have been encouraged about my visit. The helpers had been happy as well. They know the sick persons a long time and they do need some consolation now and than. Left from me you see padre Saju and on the right side padre Joseph and Valecia. We will see what I can do here. Unfortunately the padres have to leave next week for a further training.

Therefore we are going to look today what I can do next week. It was very nice here in Windhoek for the few days: strolling around, eating enough reserves for the rest of the tour and booking the flight home 14 th April I needed a new saddle for the bike and I have to shorten the chain. Therefore I managed the distance from Dar-es-Saalam to Windhoek within 4 weeks. There are only km till Cape Town. Now I can do a bit slowly and start with regeneration.

As I arrived very hungry in Windhoek I went to the inn Windhoek. Therefore I could speak German after a long while. Just before the border to Botswana it stopped raining. I saw an elephant just after the border in Botswana. I spent the night in the scrub with many marks of elephants. Not until I started to teardown the tent I heard an elephant trumpeting which made me to hurry up.

I had only once the opportunity to buy something between the border and Nata. In the evening I had to be quick with setting up the tend as there has been a thunderstorm. There had been many marks as well as dirt of elephants. The big bull elephant was to near on the road to pass it. I would have driven direct in its tusks. Therefore I asked a truck-driver to help me. With this help I could pass it invisible. But it was till risky. I had back wind 21 st till early evening. Although it was raining heavily 2 hours I got my best daily record of km.

Today I earned my day off. Yesterday I arrived in Livingstone. Who is watching the daily kilometres are astonished how good I get along. At the moment I have convenient wind and this opportunity I have to use. Even the first moments of elation to reach Cape Town are coming up. Nevertheless I was able to regenerate despite of exertions. Therefore my forecast is clear. Today I have been at the Victoria waterfalls. It rained quite much lately so that it was nearly too many water. The photo is taken from the side with backwind. Anyway I got very wet.

Saturday, Feb 6, I passed the border to Zambia. In some areas the people are more abrasive than in others. The gazers just wanted to see the monkey on the bike. There are not many cute people. Did I land on another planet? Am I still in Africa? Nevertheless I tried to spend the night in a village but the inhabitants told me to go on. In the evening I came to Mpika where I stayed in a motel. It was funny as the distrustful guard asked me through the gap of the gate where my car is. But they have been friendly to me. Tuesday was frustrating as well. Just after 11pm I awoke of a blow against my knee.

I heard how more stones pitched against my tent. Despite my calls more stones flew and I heard men voiced full of hate so as they had to fight against the devil. For all I wanted to go to them to get them to sanity. But they are running away. I was going to bundle up quickly but they came back with increase and the stones flew again. One of them caught on it. Slowly one after the other 8 heads of the against-devil-commando came in sight.

Certainly I can stay. But one of them wanted some money. I told him that for throwing stones I have no money! Therefore I could stay defensive. Would I have escaped because of the stones the situation would have more escalated. In such an extreme situation most likely I would turn to a hurt bear which is hiding in a shrubbery to get its hunters. Despite this event I spent the following night as well in the tent. Friday I got over it. The people here are normal again. Yesterday I spent a famous day in the Mikumi National park. The fauna was very famous: gazelles, giraffes, capybaras and lots of baboons.

My way is going always direction south-west. The next big city is Chalinze. The room did have 80 seats and it was fully filled up. But it was my intention to show that German has got regional differences. In front of such an audience it was I enjoyed it very much. But it is very difficult to get a visa for Angola in Congo. In the rain season it is not possible to go around Angola. The flight will be in the night from Saturday to Sunday. This morning I went with Mrs. Djiango to the Goethe-Institute. There German is already remarkably good. Wednesday I will have a speech at the Goethe-Institute.

After a few troubles I met Mr. Djiango at a petrol station. As there are distinctive buildings are helping for the navigation I was first at the wrong petrol station. My new mobile phone was very helpful. In the home of family Djiango Mrs. Djiango is known as sister of Mr. Josef Schalk in Ziemetshausen I was very welcome.

Today for lunch we had schnitzel and potato salad, especially for me, it is like at home for me! Because of this the climate is very comfortable. It is warm through the whole year and in the garden are growing pineapples, bananas, lemon grass for a delicious tea and coconuts. You can certainly imagine that it is very nice and I love it very much. The food is good as well. Margit Djiango has still got her old car from Germany which is about 25 years old.

Germany and Cameroon are mixed here. Only one thing is unthinkable for us: it is dry season here and the water is blocked! I used my approved bottle-shower. Last night I tented in front of a small hospital. For getting washed I had to go to a small ditch. The water was cool and clear and without crocodiles. The time for washing is different for women and men. It was an amusing washing round and afterwards I had a beer.

It was very nice how I was accepted in the community. This evening I arrived in Douala, the biggest city of Cameroon. The people here are very friendly and helpful. But I can tell you that Nigeria is the friendliest country I came through so far. Last night I stayed with a family in a village in Cameroon. Certainly I passed over a bit of money to the very friendly and kind family for their hospitality. Since the border the road is very bad through the jungle.

Thank you very much for the congratulations for my birthday 12 th January. I was especially pleased about the mail of my mother it was her first mail. I passed the river Niger already in Bamako. Now, just after Onitsha I passed it again. Either today or tomorrow I can celebrate the 10 km. Here in Nigeria it is very friendly. In days I will be at the border to Cameroon. Happy birthday! For your travel we wish you health, little breakdowns and many interesting meetings with friendly people. Now I have a calm weekend. It took me three times to get into the National Museum as there was no electricity.

Quite often when I have written a lot as it was good so far. Generators are everywhere. The infrastructure is behind with the growing hunger of energy of the city. But nobody is upset about it. And that happens very often when we have been the whole day in rain, coldness and mud trying to get the shabby pipeline network to work.

Rarely do we get acceptance for our hard work. The time here in Africa is exactly that what I need to get distance and new energy.

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Getting the visa is not as quick as I thought. I get it Monday 1 pm. It is not bad staying in Lagos as here is very good food. It was not difficult to get to Lagos. A city with over 15 Mio inhabitants could be more difficult. Tomorrow I want to go straight away to the consulate of Cameroon to get the visa. If everything will be all right I move on straight away. By lunchtime I have been already in Porto Novo which is just before the border to Nigeria. Tomorrow I want to be at Lagos which is the biggest city of Africa. There I have to get the visa for Cameroon.

Yesterday, 4 th January, I arrived in Togo. I stayed in the capital Lome for one night. Today I got the visa for Nigeria and the receipt for the paid money. The next countries are Togo, Benin, Nigeria and than Cameroon. I want to stay there the last week in January. Thank you very much for the wishes for the New Year. To all of you: A Happy New Year This time I need one for Nigeria. Only in Niger I would have get one. This was the reason why I chose the route through Ghana.

The consulate moved not long ago and it needed quite a long time till the taxi driver knew the way. At the entrance I got the form and was been told to come back within one and a half hours. I went to a beer garden to fill in the form photo. Coming back to the consulate I could see how a recalcitrant applicant was been asked to go. The guard had an automatically weapon in his hand.

After another dead time they asked me to go away to copy all papers. After I had paid — without getting a receipt — I was allowed to hand over my application and all the originals. I was asked to come back to the consulate Thursday afternoon. I do hope I get my visa than otherwise I have to wait till 4 th January. When I left I had been friendly asked to give a small mite for the guards. First of all I wish Merry Christmas to everybody. That has been km going through hilly countryside and now I need badly a rest. Actually I wanted to get the one for Burkina Faso as well, but that would take another day and therefore I took the risk and started at once.

After 3 days I arrived at the border to Burkina Faso. It was very easy and friendly with the visa there and I was very relieved. Anyway everywhere I came through the last 11 days it was very friendly. It the countryside everything is very easy and without problems. Many are lurking in the cities to get a bit of money from the tourists. The best thing is to get through it with humour, but I had to get quite a few things as I wanted to go on the next day. In front of the supermarket where I did my shopping a man in a wheelchair begged very aggressive. Or was it on the time that he met a real Swabian the people in this area are told to be very economical?

Anyway I told him in German what I was thinking about it. But there are only a few who are able to get my mood in a bad sense. Anyway I did know what I wanted and I got on the next morning.

My shortcut to Ghana was very dusty but it was very good for biking. My calculated daytrips which I needed to get for Christmas to Accra have been on my upper limit. It was hot with head wind and it was going up and down and the air got more humid as well. Everything which I got to eat was not very good and there are hardly any fruits in the north of Ghana. But I got beer and cola. Because of sweating a lot and dusty roads I have been an exemplar of German cleanliness! Every evening I needed 1. On Christmas Eve I arrived in Accra. Here is the internet very slow and it is already very late.

Please excused me but I like to be at Christmas on the sea. For your 80 th Birthday tomorrow all the best! Till Christmas I will arrive in Accra in Ghana. As I got the visa for Mali I went on the same afternoon. He thought I could get attacked. I was going to use the convenient weather and started at 3. The sky was cloudy and I could be on the bike the whole day. Despite easy head wind and always up and down made I km.

I drove through the arid grass behind a bush. In the morning I noticed that the back tire and my airbed had a puncture. The grass-seeds which have been between the grasses had long thorns. It was still dark as I repaired the tire. A bit further on the front tire had a puncture. And about lunchtime the back tire again. To repair it I went into the shadow of two trucks.

I got assistance from the drivers and co-drivers. They invited me to eat with them. That reconciled me with Mauritania. Regrettably the children who are begged got awkward. And who would be aided with a few coins? Otherwise it was a normal bike-day and my weakness has finished. Once I got milk from a camel and now and than I got some German long lasting milk. I get fruits, bread, cheese and jam. The countryside changed in Mali, it got greener and I could buy a big delicious water melon.

Half of it I shared with the people I bought it from. It was a really festive lunch. And at the end I had a super meal at the roadside. The lean times are over! And now I had to go into Bamako. And I got into the town on another road as I thought. Unfortunately it is weekend again and it takes time for the visa. Yesterday evening I arrived in Bamako, the capitol of Mali. The head wind was the biggest problem. The food was lean and I got milk of camel. In 10 days I made km. In the background one can see the cathedral.

Till then I can rest and eat a lot. Already yesterday in Rabat I felt not very good in my stomach. This morning I was'nt able to eat or to drink something, but I wanted to go further on. Therefore I was biking against the wind out of Dakhla. It was very hot and I was very thirsty, but I hardly wasn't able to drink something. I was surprised how much fits in me. At the service station 10 km further on I bought the first Cola.

The policemen at the control position invited me. I didn't want to be unkindly and trank one glas of tea and ate a bit bread. I would'nt tell them how I felt, otherwise they would have sent me back. After km I built up my tend and climbed down to the Atlantic sea to cool down my hot body. The wind wasn't so bad anymore. But I still was not able to drink and to eat much. During lunchtime I could ly down at a petrol station.

In the evening, after km, I did have another bath in the sea. In the morning I was alright again, I was able to eat and to drink properly. At last I had following wind!

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