Friday, July 18
Nioro, Senegal

Whenever I tell anyone here that I’m traveling to Mali over land, they tell me one of two things: that it’s hot in Mali — hotter than Senegal, apparently — or that the unkept road to Mali makes for a terribly uncomfortable ride.

I’ll embark on that road tomorrow. I’m planning to leave Nioro early morning and make my way back to Kaolack, then head east toward Tambacounda, a dusty city that will serve as a stop-over point on my way to Mali.

I’ve been looking for an online map that allows me to illustrate my route so you can see the places I’ve been and the roads I’ve traveled. This Google map is my best attempt so far. Let me know if you have a better idea!

Click here to see my route.