0259. A Hike Through Rural Gambia (Gam 05--new)

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Brikama is a restful town with its red earth dirt roads and shady trees dotting the sprawling market... I reach the edge of town quite quickly so I just kept going straight down the road going south.   Beautiful scenery of trees, little villages, friendly people eager for a chat...

Came across a police checkpoint and of course they want to know where I’m going.  They seem to be happy with the fact that I really appreciate their rural beauty... They advise me to be careful and wave me on my way...

It's getting close to dusk--but as always, I hate retracing my steps--so I veer off on a footpath that takes me deeper and deeper into the bush... Finally I find another foot path that seems to point back to town--so it looks like I'm in luck.  I guess those cops are going to be scratching their heads wondering where in the world I disappeared to!

Still haven't found a suitable place to parkbench--so I choose for a rural session, resting on a giant termite mound.

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Find my way back to town and head back to the minibus station...

It's getting pretty late, but there's a guy yelling "Westfield! Westfield!" There's no Westfield on my map--and I gamble that I might have time to see one more town before transportation shuts down for the night... so I get on...

We drive on into the night... past the airport.... to an urban area that seems to stretch on forever... finally the van stops... I walk around for a bit--then suddenly see a very familiar funky statue of a guy climbing a tree.... I realize I'm right back in Serakunda...

There's not a whole lot more to explore here other than stumbling down dark alleys, so I head on back to Banjul.

 

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