Adventures in Senegal #2
Back in Senegal after the foray through Gambia.
After our 6 hour bird watching trip up the river, we got a ride with some locals on the back of their pick-up, back to the high way. The first car came along. We duly stuck out a thumb. They pulled over for us. A British guy with a friend going our way. In fact there was a local guy also waiting for a bus. He came along too and at the end, at the junction with the road to the border, he was amazed that the ride was 'free'. Then the border was only another 500m down the road from the junction.
Checking out of Gambia was a pain in the ass. The guys wanted a 'payment' but let us through after about 30 minutes after I asked a for receipt.
We got a ride across the 'no mans land' and then waited around for enough passengers to fill the taxi. The guys were eager to get going but we did not want to pay for the extra seats. We did not like the fact that they wanted to go but for us to pay for the seats. We kindda worked it out in the end. We had to get going as the road to Ziguinchor was under curfew due to rebel activity. Some how we got thru before they closed the road for the night, getting in to town at around 9pm.
The next morning, I said good bye to S, she headed to Cap Skiring and I head to a camp site where I could get a cheaper room and I wanted to sort out a Guinea Bissau visa, which in the end took less than 30 minutes.
Visa in hand, I took breakfast at the same hotel we both had stayed at and used their wifi. S was on line and she told me cap Skiring was great and that we could have the room for just 10€ for the 2 of us. She told me where she was and I headed for the bus station. We met up at the small home stay and relaxed for 2 days. A long long walk on the beach. Good food. Chilled.
Then we went out to Diembering, just a short drive to the north and then hiked out to Cachouane, an 8km walk along a rarely used 4WD piste. Soft sand made the going hard. With me taking all my kit with us as we planned on making a loop.
Chilled out at a french owned home-stay. We talked a lot, drank beer and read a lot. In the end we returned the way we came. 8km back on the piste and then I road walked alone the next 11km back to Cap Skiring, whilst S headed off to another part of Senegal. I stayed at the home stay again. I had been too long out in the sun.
It took me ages to cool down, I spent time re hydrating, I needed it! and endless afternoon showers. I stayed an extra day, hanging out with a local girl who was renting a room in the home stay. In the after noon heat we showered together, scrubbing each others backs and rinsing down with cool water, touching and kissing but before it got too advanced, I got cold feet.
The next day I was back in Ziguinchor. Not even bothering to go in to town I found the taxi to the border @ M-Pak / San Domingos and on to Bissau. Guinea Bissau.