We were going to drive halfway to Kiffa today and camp somewhere along the route. I wasn't too happy with this as it would mean camping somewhere near the town of Aleg. This is the area in which a French family was slaughtered on christmas eve. Because of this the Paris Dakar was cancelled. Our organisers decided to go ahead as they thought the Paris Dakar people overreacted. Even so I wanted to get past Aleg as quick as possible without stopping.
Today our local fixer, Mustaffa took us to a back street garage to fix our starter motor. one bolt was loose and the other was missing. The previous day one of us would have to hold it in place each time we started the engine. While there we had they altenator belt tightened hoping this would fix our charging problem.
The mechanic tried charging us 150 euros for these small jobs. Thank goodness we had Mustaffa with us to avoid any big arguments.
Good news. Hans has turned up. He was in trouble. He had got stuck in a dune and spent the last 24 hours digging his Toyota jeep out on his own. He was very close to leaving it and trying to walk out of the reserve. I cant believe what he has been through. he looked very very happy but I could tell he was a bit shaken inside. He knew of a really cool auberge (hostel), so we checked in there for the night and shared a 6 man room. It was good to see him again. Mustaffa took us out to a local restaurant and I think Hans enjoyed his beer.!!