After being attacked by a guy who wounded him with a machete 6 months back in time, Peter Gostelow have now made his way to Ghana.
Peter has been out on the road from London to Cape Town through Africa for a year now. His major problem right now is finding decent maps.
"The worst thing about this road is the traffic. There is a worrying frequency of signs stating how many people died at that specific spot. I usually try to find alternative routes in such cases, but here there were none, at least according to my map. This is proving to be one of the worst country maps Ive ever used. Whoever was responsible for producing the International Travel Map for Ghana needs to improve their cartography skills. Not only does their map not include simple road distances between places, but they have drawn roads which dont exist and have depicted what are in fact large sprawling towns to be villages."
Famous in Ghana
Since leaving Sierra Leone where we last heard from him, he has gained a certain fame in Ghana, done a few lectures and had media meetings. Peter writes about one lecture on his blog:
"George had also arranged for me to speak to the Audit Service team in the boardroom. This was my first all-African audience and typically they wanted to know why I wasnt afraid of all the wild animals."
Peter writes on his blog how he had to fake an invitation to get a visa to Nigeria.
"The Nigerain visa was expensive and complicated to get. This one required an invitation from the country, although in reality I just needed a hotel reservation from Nigeria, plus photocopies of my insurance details and vaccination certificates.So I went away to find an Internet Cafe and returned an hour later with a printed online booking. It was totally false, and handing it in felt a bit like playing a Nigerian trickster at his own game. Does anyone ever fall for those bogus e-mails saying a relative has recently died and left a huge sum of money that can only be released if you agree to be guarantor?"
Charity against malaria and the darkest sides of mankind
Peter is cycling for a charity against malaria, this great killer of humans. However, the coast of Ghana is full of memories from mankind's darkest sides.
"Between the 16th and 19th Century Thousands of slaves were held in forts along the coast here awaiting transportation to the Americas. Taking a tour of the forts at Elmina and Cape Coast and listening to how your fellow countrymen were involved in what must be one of the greatest human atrocities in history is a moving experience. The French, Portuguese, Dutch, Danes and Swedes all had a hand in it too I might add"
Ready for Nigeria
Peter has been out over a year and is now getting ready to cross into the continents most populous country, Nigeria. Which me, ExWebs Mikael Strandberg, remembers was the most demanding of all African countries he passed through on his Cape to Cape ride 1989-92. So be ready Peter!
Peter Gostelow, who lives in Dorset (UK) when he is not on his bicycle, was born in 1979 and became an English teacher and long distance cycler. During 2005 to 2008 he cycled from Japan to the UK, a distance of 50,000 km. Currently he is cycling from London, through Africa, to Cape Town; a 20,000+ km distance which will take two year to finish. He started on 16 August 2009.
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