Flat tyres in the sand
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Breakfast today is great it is amazing what fresh bread can do to a breakfast experience. After breakfast it is off to the dessert again - today is serious sand driving the driver are letting lots and lots air out of the tyres. The tyres seem almost flat after the pressure is down to probably only one third of the normal pressure.
We are gonna drive through some serious sand dunes and we soon realize the days before - that was not real sand dunes. Today is the day of sand dunes. After we pass one giant sand dune what do we get - an even bigger sand dune. This is great driving - just to be a passenger is amazing I got know clue how the drivers know what is after the top of the dune. But they seem to know if there is a big drop after the top a dune which means they will have to slow down the second they hit the top - or if there is a slow decent on the other side of the dune which mean they will go with full speed.
The area we are driving through is famous for several lakes in the area. In the middle of the
We drive on to another lake before lunch and yet another lake for an extended lunch stops. This is supposedly the most amazing of all the lakes of
Just after we get out of the car at the top we meet a crazy driver going up to the top of the dune with maximum speed making sure we get hit by a sandstorm from the tyres and two blokes hanging on to the Toyota standing on the footsteps of the doors. Who are those idiots - and the answer is the two blokes outside the car is bodyguards for one of the members of "The Family". The Family is not like a Sicilian Mafia family but pretty close. It is the family of The Leader - or Colonel Gadaffi.
After lunch the drive goes on - and it is the most amazing drive ever through the dunes.
We drive along and there it is a nice little fox. We can all remember the wolf incidence and we don't think there will be a repeat - but think again. The second the drivers sees the fox they all turn the Toyotas and the chase begging - lets see if we can catch that dessert fox. We can't and the passenger trucks give up after a short chase - but the kitchen pickup truck carries on the chase and gets lost in the distance.
The kitchen truck finally returns after a prolonged chase and we continue to the campsite just before we get there yet another flat and we have to change the tyre of yet another truck.
We get to the camp it is just under a dune once again. I decide this will be my last change to sleep in complete isolation under the stars alone in the dessert for a long time and I want to make a breakaway camp. Hence I go searching around the area and decide the other side of the dune where the main camp is would make a perfect spot for my breakaway camp - there is less wind on that side as well because of the dune breaking the wind.
So it is just about passing time eating the famous chocolate cookies before dinner and then dinner. We are all a bit interested in dinner - the kitchen truck did chase that fox for quite a while - maybe dinner will be fox tonight? First stop on the menu is as always a great soup and the bread is nice as well you can actually eat it - it is still fresh. Then the main course - it could be fox but it does look a lot like camel. Camel and macaroni. After dinner it is all about getting warm around the fire enjoying the night in the middle of nowhere. Well maybe it is not really the middle of nowhere there is a lot of planes flying to and from the airport in Sabhah a few miles away and we can actually see the lights of the city - but there is the illusion of being in the middle of nowhere.
When the time comes to go to bed I grab my swag and make it to the other side of the dune - finally alone in the dessert. I look for the place to sleep I walk over the dune and I realize I made the right choice the wind is not as strong this side of the dune. I had found it already a nice spot behind a palm tree. It is actually easy to find the spot this time around no problem at all. Then the fine tuning of the spot to sleep I stand and look at the ground to find a level spot - this is good - then standing up feeling the wind - no I need to move ½ meter to the left. Yes this is good there is no wind at all right in this spot - it is the designated camp spot - and I get ready to go to sleep.