If all goes to plan, here is the outline of my route for the first stage of my trip.
Yorkshire to Newhaven – Dieppe
Then through France as follows:
- Dieppe to Charleval
- Charleval to Chartes
- Chartres to Bourges
- Borges to Clemont Ferrand
- Clemont Ferrand to Le Puy en-Velay
From Le Puy I’ll be taking the Camino de Santiago Pilgrims route all the way to Santiago de Compestela.
Edit: due to snow in the Pyrenees, I abandoned at Figeac and caught a train to Perpignan, then followed the coast down to Gibraltar.
Then I’ll head down through Portugal via the coast to Gibraltar, taking the ferry from Algeciras to Ceuta.
Edit: Obviously Portugal was skipped this time.
I’m pretty flexible regarding Morocco as I intend to spend Christmas there, (edit: I spent Christmas in Spain) thereby extending my time in the country. I will however be eventually moving towards the coastline and traveling through the Western Sahara and down to…
Much of where I go from here depends on the visa and political situations in the next countries I would like to visit, but a broad outline is as follows:
Senegal – Guinea Bissau – Guinea – Mali (now very unlikely) – Burkina Faso – Ghana – Togo – Benin – Nigeria – Cameroon – Gabon – Congo – Zambia – Botswana – Namibia – South Africa – Mozambique – Malawi – Tanzania – Kenya – Ethiopia – Sudan – Egypt.
Once I hit Cairo, I’ll be thinking about possibly one of two scenarios:
- Head back to Europe, maybe even back to the UK for a brief period. Then work my way around Europe, into the Baltic’s and eventually head for Pakistan.
- Turn Right and head for Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway.
My dream has always been to visit Everest since I was a boy, I will almost certainly achieve this dream on the second leg of my trip, whichever route I take to get there.
Think that’s enough to whet your appetites?