Stayed in bed through breakfast trying to get more sleep. Later Andrea told me it was the same, so I didn't miss much. Around nine the boat stopped off the village of Aka, and the usual flotilla of venders and passenger / cargo pirogues engulfed the boat. I wandered down to the bottom deck to buy some fried bread and spicy peanut butter balls for my breakfast. Spent the rest of the morning up on top again watching the villages and talking to some other Americans who had gotten on in Mopti. One was a PCV from Burkina Faso so got some ideas for that part of the trip (think I'm going to skip Ouagadougou and head straight for Bobo-Dioulasso and the surrounding area). They had both just come back from Niger and were raving about it. It got me pretty excited, but there's really no easy way to fit it in to my plans. You can't get a visa at the border and there's no embassy / consulate /mission in Mali.
Sat on roof and read. Possible plan of attack for Niger.