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Hitting the Atlantic

We hit the Western Sahara, along the straight paved roads and the many police stops, each stop meant off the moto and giving lots of details (We will have t make so Fitches with our details on and print them).  One of the first stops in a town the police man with the speed gun started by saying rapiod, rapiod to which I put on a strong accent and played dumb to what he said (going too fast but we where not, pulling a fast one), he soon gave up as I said I didn’t speak French and just smiled at him showing him my passport.  He made us dig out our bike documents but when we did he told us to go, bloody ejjit!  The wind riding west was very strong forcing us to ride at a angel to stay straight but when we came to the Atlantic we turned south and the wind was at our backs and gave the impression of being in a smooth slip stream.

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  Felt good to be by the Atlantic but that also meant the salty steam brewing from the stormy waves blew across us smearing our visors that was made worse when you tried to clean it.  Passed a couple of diggers further inland moving sand from the west to the east side of the road as it drifts onto the road, now that’s a job for life!  The sand blowing across the road was like dry ice and from a distance the whole road looked covered in sand only to be a light dusting of sand but there was drifts building across the road that made us take care.  Late afternoon brought us upon a car wreck.  There wasn’t a straight bit of metal left on it, it has obviously rolled many times and a suitcase was waged sticking out of the widow behind the drivers seat.  The police was there taking to some people but no sign of a ambulance, if one was needed.  We looked in Tarfaya but there was no place to stay so it was another 70km down the road and then west off the road to a wee place ran by a Belgium couple and a camel tagine, very nice.  Stayed in a very warm tent that night with carpeted walls and floor in bright colours and a mattress on the floor, very hot in the sleeping bag.   

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Hitting the Atlantic
Hitting the Atlantic
home sweet home
home sweet home