In late 2002 my good friend Jeff McLean and I cycled a tandem recumbent tricycle across the dusty landscape of West Africa.

Over two months we crossed five countries from Bamako in Mali, through Tombouctou (Timbuktu) on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, through Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

The purpose of the trip was to shoot a documentary on the true nature of the local people who are majority Muslim, in a part of the world that is more often attributed to famine, corruption and civil war than the warmth, good nature and friendliness that we found there.

I wrote a series of emails which I sent to friends during the trip. They are a completely honest account of the highs and lows of a completely foreign place from someone who had previously never set foot outside Australia.

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