Position 16:44.929N 31:48.433E
From another desert camp in the Sahara.....
Leaving camp this morning would take us on a path away from the Nile and
starting a long almost 300 km crossing of the desert to Khartoum. This time
not an open crossing but a pretty new tar road the whole way. But a very
straight and flat one that saw only three vehicles pass me for the first
70km to the lunch stop...its pretty isolated out here now, one small
villages, not even camel carcases....little life here but even more amazing
stark reddish brown dunes, and the contrasting black rock outcrops.
This morning I left before sunrise and road on the wind corrugated desert
sand into the desert away from the road. I had some impressive dunes in
mind.....waiting for the sun to rise and capture the magiical exquistely
curved shadow lines. The sand was pretty hard so cycling was good...probably
went in 4 km's and was rewarded with not only wonderful solitude, but great
Ooops got so carried away I missed the group leaving and started about 30
mins after the main bunch....
Well that was enough of a challenge for me...I decided to make the day a
'time trial' day, and sped off as fast as I could slowly reeling in all the
riders up to the racers....now my legs feel it!. 130 km in total and one
full degree of latitude done..great progress and an exhilirating ride,
mostly downwind too!
Another day just like today tomorrow.....130km in the Sahara, on similar
road.....I feel we are now speeding to Khartoum!
See ya tomorrow!