Nouakchott to Kiffa
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Daily Drive 413 miles.
The idea today was to get up early as we knew we had a long drive ahead of us. We would be leaving
Well, we all overslept. I was the first to wake at 9.30. We were all shattered and it didn’t help that Andy was snoring so loud in the night. It was like a heard of elephants charging through the dorm. Also a few of the guys had gone in search of a place called the VIP bar. As
They still managed to stay out until gone 5 though. I was the boring one that went home to bed after the meal.
Mustafa had been waiting for us for over an hour to take us to another back street garage. I felt a bit guilty as he has really helped us out so much.
After three attempts we finally found a garage that said they could change our alternator. We then negotiated another rip off price for the work, which would have been worse if it was not for Mustafa.
Three alternators later and no joy.
Then mayhem. The chief mechanic wanted paying for a new alternator even though they didn’t provide us with one. I wasn’t happy and had a big argument with the guy. He had a real attitude. We managed to find somebody that spoke a bit of English and smoothed the situation over.
It was a little scary for a moment as we were in the middle of nowhere, alone and surrounded by a lot of people. Thankfully it all turned out ok. We gave everyone a pen and finally got on our way.
Back to the Auberge Matata and met with Big Hans. The car of Andy and Ross that had been damaged on the beach was beyond repair and they had sold it cheaply to Mustafa. Hans was going to drive them to
By the time we left It was early afternoon and with such a long drive ahead there was no way we would make it to Kiffa in Daylight. Using lights would drain our batteries more quickly than we would like. In the end it was just a case of drive and see how farw e get.
We were doing really well and the battery was holding charge well until we put lights on then it dropped really quickly. And the place we lost power, Aleg!!. The one place I didn't want to stop or have to camp. Luckily we came across 3 more teams that had stopped to replace a tyre. We put a fresh battery in the car and they let us drive between them in convoy with sidelights on. After a while that battery started to drain so we taped a bicycle red flashing light to the back of our car so the one behind could see us. We then drove for a further 3 hours like this!! If it wasn't for them we would have been in trouble. I was so happy to see the campsite that night. It was a filthy dump but I was just so happy the drive was over.