Thanks to the lovely Franca, who let us leave our monstrous bags for a night at her Villa Rose Hotel, we had the requisite motivation for a one-night trip to Banfora. About an hour and a half southwest of Bobo, this sleepy town is the gateway to some of Burkina’s most beautiful landscapes – waterfalls, weird limestone formations, sugarcane fields and more.
Although the lovely Hôtel Canne à Sucre didn’t have a room for us, we still enjoyed one of the best meals we had in a while at their restaurant and used their contacts to find someone to rent a motorcycle from. You didn’t know we knew how to drive motorcycles? You would be right. After giving Juan a five-minute lesson, Abdullah parted with his motorcycle for about US$11 – no ID necessary, no deposit, no insurance, nothing. Remind me why it’s better to live in a litigious country?
We realized a few things on our three-hour excursion: we are getting pretty good at asking for directions in French, it’s hard to drive a motorcycle through soft sands, and I don’t quite run fast enough for our 10-second camera timer.