February 12

After five days of riding deeper into the tropics and four border crossings, the GlobeBusters / Motorcycle Outreach research expedition has reached its most southerly point, the city of Bissau, capital of the West African state of Guinea Bissau.

Leaving Kayes in Mali on February 6th, husband and wife team Craig Carey-Clinch and Barbara Alam travelled west through Senegal, crossing into The Gambia before heading south through the Casamance and into tropical Guinea Bissau. Equipped with essential engine protection from Touratech, the BMW R1200GS once again displayed its credentials on roads ranging from smooth tarmac to deep potholes and rough dirt.

Guinea Bissau proved to be a highlight of the expedition. The former Portuguese colony is struggling to recover from a disastrous civil war which ended in 2000, only to be followed by a series of bloody coups. However, the warring factions settled their differences and Guinea Bissau has a new optimism that is being expressed with new infrastructure developments, including new roads and a real willingness to work towards a peaceful future.

Craig Carey-Clinch commented: "The people of Guinea Bissau are among the friendliest that we have met on the whole expedition." He continues. "The roads south have taken us through increasingly lush vegetation of striking beauty, a real contrast to the desert and often arid Sahel country further north."

Next the couple start the final leg of their journey, working their way northwards to arrive in Dakar, before departing for the UK.