From London to Lagos: Conley Adiango almost died in the Sahara on his bike

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) – Conley Adiango is a daring, self-confessed figure who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice and circled from Lagos to Accra over the course of three days.

But it was his latest adventure that caused a stir after he successfully completed a motorbike ride from London to Lagos.

The journey took 41 days and covered 13,000 kilometers (8,080 miles) through 11 countries and 31 cities.

Adyango embarked on the journey, in part to raise money for polio, in association with the Rotary Club of Ikwe Metro, Nigeria, where he is elected president. He says he chose the cause because of a childhood friend who suffered from the debilitating illness.

“Polio is a personal thing to me… As a boy, my best friend had polio and when we go swimming or play football, he couldn’t do any of these things.. Unfortunately, my friend passed away a few years ago. He didn’t have polio. He might still be alive today.”

The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of wild poliovirus in 2020, but there are still some vaccine-derived cases in the country.

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He told CNN that Adyango’s incredible journey through some of the toughest terrain in the world led to a few exciting moments in Morocco.

“Experience riding the Tizi n’Tichka pass, this is the road that takes you to the top of the Atlas mountain. It is considered the most dangerous road in Africa. It is full of adrenaline and it is a road where you close your eyes to the road for a second or you can go into the valley …

“It takes about an hour and 30 minutes to ride a mountain pass. And I can tell you, it’s one of the hardest hours and 30 minutes of my life.”

“But you know, after going through all that stress, when you get to the top of Mount Atlas… the reward of the view is more than all the stress I went through to get there.”

After the thrill of riding through the mountains, Adiango headed to the Sahara Desert, an experience he says he dreaded because of the sweltering heat.

“There was a time when I checked the temperature when I was on the Mauritanian side of the desert and the runway was 53°C (127°F). I was pushing my bike at 150 km/h and an accident was waiting to happen,” he said. He said.

He rode 1,000 kilometers a day, taking seven days to cross the desert.

“The desert is an unfriendly environment,” he said. “It is not designed to support life. The desert is there to kill you. It is unforgiving. You make a mistake and you may not come back.”

Adiango said that during what was the most difficult period of the trip, he was hit by two sandstorms and almost ran out of water.

“The desert on the Moroccan side is completely different from the desert in Mauritania. On the Moroccan side it is very windy. I had two sandstorms that lasted about 30-40 minutes. I had to put the bike on the ground and lie on my face for 30 minutes until the storm passed.”

Conley Adiango (centre) arrives at the Ikeja Rotary Club in Lagos on May 29, 2022, after a 41-day trip from London, by motorbike, to raise funds and awareness for the End Polio Campaign.

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Having survived the storms, he said he almost didn’t survive because he ran out of water.

“I drifted away and was drinking because I was tired and by the time I realized I only had a liter left in my hydration pack and I still had about 450 miles to go.”

Dehydrated and disoriented and forced to ride slowly, he suddenly saw a Land Rover parked in the desert.

“Nature has spoken of me,” he said. “Some guys were going on safari in the desert. I went to them and couldn’t talk… my speech was smeared… the guy just said ‘don’t talk, don’t talk’. Then he went to his car home and gave me two 1.5 liter bottles of water. If not I see these guys, I don’t know if I’ll be here today.”

Adyango also experienced some frightening moments in the desert, when he suddenly started hearing voices, even though there was no one around him – a phenomenon where weather conditions in arid terrain can carry the sound over long distances.

“It brings you sound waves clearly… and you hear sounds everywhere,” he said. “A lot of people think they are spirits, but it’s just science,” he added.

Rethink Africa

Adeyanju has documented his rides on social media, and has attracted many fans and well-wishers including members of the Rotary Club and other cycling community. He said he also attracted a number of high-profile fans, including Mali’s prime minister, Chogoel Koukala Maiga, who had requested a meeting with him.

Adyango, who has visited 75 countries, says the most surprising thing about his adventures is his unexpected discovery about Africa.

“Before going on this trip, I read a lot from the CIA World Factbook about the countries I was going to travel to. For example, Burkina Faso had stopped my trip because of what I read about Burkina Faso, but the moment I set foot on the African continent. .. He said that everything I read about the African people or the African country is false.

“Africa is beautiful. It is a land of diversity. It is a land of hospitality and the people are friendly and kind… One of the things that caught my attention was saying that we were selling Africa… We were not saying the right things about ourselves. That is why I launched a campaign called Think Africa” My next vacation, all I want to do is in Africa. There is so much to discover on this continent.”

Editor’s Note: You can donate to the Adeyanju Appeal to raise funds at gofundme.com

Highest image credit: BENSON IBEABUCHI / AFP via Getty Images

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