After a plea on Facebook, somebody eventually put Lee in touch with a guesthouse which agreed to take him, and where he estimates he will have to stay for months.
Unfazed, Lee said that Conakry is full of good people and that far worse could have befallen him during his round-the-world odyssey.
“I wasn’t shocked,” Lee said. “We expect so many unexpected things,” he added, referring to nomads such as himself who pedal around the world.
His predicament is preferable to a traffic accident or serious illness, he said, both of which are real possibilities when on the road.
Lee started his journey in New Zealand in March 2018 — where he started a YouTube video diary — before flying to Australia to work and save money, and then on to Europe.
“Bike traveling is the best way to travel the whole world,” he said, explaining that he could stop whenever and wherever he liked.
After struggling over mountains in Italy and Spain, Lee cycled into Morocco and then into the vast desert, where, despite harsh conditions, the cycling was smooth.
“In the middle of the desert it was nothing but endless horizon for days, weeks, months,” he said.
For now, Lee is whiling away his days in his Conakry guesthouse, reading and watching television series.
But when the restrictions lift, he plans to continue to Ivory Coast, and from there perhaps to South Africa — a journey he said could take longer than one year.
“I just want to go to as many countries as I can while I feel able to do it,” Lee said.
“I’ve been traveling for two years and I don’t think that is enough”.
by by Carol VALADE with Emmet LIVINGSTONE/afp