Since our last post we have crossed the very windy and sandy country of Mauritania. We have mixed feelings about Mauritania the scenery was spectacular but didnt change and beame mundane and boring. The sand was frustrating and got everywhere. The people did not appear to be as welcoming as the fantastic Morrocans, I was even threatened with a michetee for going to the toilet to near to someones home at 6am. The capital Nouakchott was a very interesting city, a typical African city which was bussling with people, cars and animals. We where told
we would have a tail wind for our whole trip through Mauritania but it turned out to be head wind the majority of the time which made life very hard.
Crossing the boarder to Sengal has a reputation for being caotic and it lived upto this reputation. There is the Sengal River ...>> full...
posted by August 22, 2009 7:19 PM EyeOnAfrica comments (4)
Sand fills the desert; it covers the landscape like an enormous blanket flowing in the wind. its constant movements seem harmless and light. Great dunes dominate the landscape like massive waves in a petrified sea. All appears calm, all appears peaceful.
Do not be fooled by this impressive façade
Sand has a terrifying secret, like a silent army its billions of solders threaten to envelop anything and everything left to their mercy. Nothing can stop them, no defense is capable enough, no wall is high enough. A powerful alliance with the hot desert wind has creates a force so unstoppable, so devastating that total saturation of any enemy is inevitable. Time is always on sands side, reinforcements are always waiting for just one crack at their most demanding foe. Humanity. The little warriors plan to fill your home, your food, your life. You will be forced to sleep in their ...
posted by August 18, 2009 2:42 PM EyeOnAfrica comments (3)
We made it to another country! Mauritania! For the since our last blog we have been cycling through the desert of the Western Sahara or Sahawia as it is known to the locals. The landscape is spectacularly stark and unchanging, dry sandy scrub as far as the eye can see in every direction, only occasionally changing when we caught sight of the sea or saw a phone mast. There were petrol stations or small towns every 100miles or so where we filled our water bottles and bought food before once again heading out into the sandy abyss. We cycled long distances every day due to a ferocious tail wind that could push us to over 10mph without the need to peddle. The perfectly flat landscape also helped us to cover over 60 or 70 miles before midday, we had most afternoons off the bikes relaxing or chatting with the few ...>> full...
posted by August 12, 2009 5:10 PM EyeOnAfrica comments (2)
Sorry for not updating the website recently, we had a small problem with our new morrocan phone. We are most definately alive and I will tell you about the eventful past few days.
When we left Agadir we had noticed on the map there was 2 routes we could take. One going down the main road and one going down roads marked on the map as unsurfaced both routes looked about a day and a halfs ride. After talking to Dean in Agadir he recommended we didnt always stick to the main roads and ventured into the minor roads, just make sure we find out how good the roads are. With this advice we decided to head down the first part of the minor roads, which where paved, to a town called Sidi Ifni. When we arrived in Sidi Ifni We stocked up on Water ...>> full...
posted by July 31, 2009 4:48 PM EyeOnAfrica comments (8)
We have made it all the way to the coast and a town called Agadir, completing our longest day so far of 106 miles. We also have both set new top speed records 47.6mph for me and alan got exteremly close to the magical 50 with 49.5mph but the race to 50 is still on.
A couple of days after leaving Ar-Rachida we made it to Gorge Du Tordra which was a fantastic sight. At points it was 10m wide by 300m high. Unfortunately after leaving the Gorge we only made it 10 miles to Tinghir as Alan became ill forcing us to spend 2 days there. After Tinghir we headed towards the coast flying through the miles and out of the atlas mountains. Over the past 2 days we have dropped from 1886m (the height of snowdon and scafel together) to sea level, this is the main reason behind ...>> full...
posted by July 23, 2009 3:04 PM EyeOnAfrica comments (3)