My short bio: My name is Patrick; I'm a regular guy from Germany, 29 years old, who at some point in school decided that he wants to travel around the world.
To my own surprise, that idea actually worked and by now I've been to 148 countries; most of the world.
I try to do interesting stuff when I happen to come across it, anything from diving, climbing a mountain, boarding down an active volcano, wrestling a crocodile, cycling across the Sahara in summer or Siberia in winter and other mischief.
My latest tour, which I finished a week ago, was in West Africa. I cycled a bamboo bike through Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast.
To give an idea of the area:
Ghana has coastal fortresses that were used in slave trading in the colonial times.
Togo is the voodoo capital of the world.
Benin was the home to the most bloodthirsty kings of Africa, in Abomey.
Niger, home to the Aiir mountains, is 80% desert, making it home to many nomad tribes like the Tuareg, even today.
Burkina Faso, the land of the honorable people, has a life expectancy of only 47 years... in Germany (my home) it's 87. I'll survive the entire current generations of Burkinabe people, and I have no idea how I feel about this.
Mali is home to Timbuktu, the great oasis trade town of the Sahara.
The Ivory Coast, former glorious example of economic growth in Africa, recently survived two civil wars; while previously able to build infrastructure like no other in the region, including a $300mio church in its capital.
West Africa was very polarizing for me, a tough tour. Interesting. Sad. Full of hospitable people. Of bad roads and Malaria, but also hidden wonders and memorable encounters.
I wrote a little bit about the tour here on Reddit, for those interested in a more detailed approach, especially if you plan your own tour: https://www.reddit.com/r/bicycletouring/comments/662xu1/west_africa_tour_report_infos_pics_gear/
And a map showing all my trips and visited countries: http://imgur.com/3Z1E01P
And the bike/equipment I used on this tour: http://imgur.com/a/S0YAU
If you are interested in my other tours, photos, etc, you can have a look at http://worldbicyclist.com/ or follow me here https://www.facebook.com/worldbicyclist/.
My Proof: https://twitter.com/World_Bicyclist/status/854343959539314688
PS: As always, I'll stay till no more questions are asked. :) If you are planning your own adventure, large or small, write me a message and I'll help as I can.