Day 47: Tuesday 21 December 2010. Kadira, Senegal/Mali
border. N14 25.835 W012 11.847. Distance driven 380 km.
Tonight we are camped on the banks of the Senegal River
looking across to Mali, and we only a few miles from the frontier. We got
here early but couldn't cross today as our Mali visa is only good from tomorrow.
It seems only a short time ago in Morocco that when we got to a camp site we
immediately went to the place where we would get the last of the evening
sun. Now, we get into as much shade as we can as soon as we
Today's run was uneventful, except that it was very hot.
The road is pretty straight and mostly a good surface but we encountered a lot
of broken-down trucks and a few which had turned over and crashed off the
road. i think the primary cause of both events is purely over-loading. One
crashed truck we found had been carrying a load of logs. He had obviously
swerved - probably fallen asleep- braked hard and the logs with a high centre of
gravity had caused the truck to lean over and then had burst open the sides
spilling the load. By that time the truck was on its side.
Today we have commissioned the ERM System (Engine Room
Meals). For this idea we have to credit Peter Creighton, veteran
adventurer and Land Rover traveller. Peter and his wife Eileen have
traveller over most of the world in their land Rover Discovery. ERM is the
slow cooking of a meal by placing it in a wire basket positioned over the
exhaust manifold. The meat, vegetables etc are placed inside an oven bag
and then into an aluminium foil tray which sits in the wire basket.
Peter has this down to a fine art and knows exactly how long in advance to
start cooking so that the meal is ready when he makes camp. We are still
experimenting so tonight will be a good test. jenny pre-prepared the meal
last night -steak, onions, carrots, potatoes and some gravy left
over from the last curry. It certainly smells good!