Monday, 22 July 2013

Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 - (Part 2)


Part 1 is here... Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 (Part 1)

Part 3 is here... Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 (Part 3)

Part 4 is here... Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 (Part 4)

The Trip Home is here... Africa Twin, The Trip Home




Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
This is about 50 clicks into a 200km piste. I haven's seen any sign of life since I left the last village and I didn't see anyone for the rest of the day. It was a strange feeling to be so isolated...





Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
The white stuff is a layer of hard salt under the sand - presumably a dry lake bed.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
Africa Twin in it's element.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
I guess this is a dry riverbed. The going is a bit rough but the AT just soaks it up.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
No one as far as the eye can see...



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
Tanking in Tata. It took me a while to find this place. I kept driving past it looking for something with a forecourt, a canopy and a big plastic sign... Note the petrol stored in 5L plastic olive oil bottles in through the open door. The fuel is being poured through a funnel made from another plastic bottle and is being filtered through a nylon stocking!



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
The following day, back on the highway again for a bit. I was glad of the rest really - I'd aggravated an old back injury the previous day and was still in pain. On my map this was shown as a piste and I was simultaneously disappointed and relieved to find it was a sealed road!

Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
Christmas Eve, Foum Zguid. Doesn't look like much but I found a nice auberge, got a very fine meal of chicken & chips and olives and made a few phone calls. There was a nice buzz about the town and quite a few deserty tourists.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
Christmas morning 2008 - Leaving Foum Zguid feeling refreshed, and happy to be heading out into the desert again.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
Happiness is a well prepared bike, a nearly full tank and a day filled with potential.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
This is what happens when you forget to deflate your tyres after a tarmac section.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
The weather is mild rather than hot, the piste is well marked and the going is fairly easy. This was a blissful way to spend Christmas Day.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008
Easy going, but it got sandy as I approached the village in the distance.



Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008


 

More to follow....

Part 1 is here... Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 (Part 1)

Part 3 is here... Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 (Part 3)

Part 4 is here... Sahara Trip, Christmas 2008 (Part 4)

The Trip Home is here... Africa Twin, The Trip Home




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