Etoile des dunes
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... straight through the desert. Well, road....yes on the map it was a road, but in reality the road was sometimes not even visible and we were just driving through the desert hoping to pick up the track again. On this second piste we really faced a couple of major obstacles in the form of even deeper ditches.
For the first ditch we encountered we took our shovels and worked together to create a crossable point for our cars. After some hard work we managed our ...
... with Ahmed's wife sitting a little distance away listening to everything. She has the most delightful eyes not saying much but taking everything in.
Next thing there was a knock on the door and couscous was delivered for us all to share, I think hand made by our hosts mother-in-law. We were made very welcome. Lots of talking, however we were aware that due reverence to the food should be afforded ...
... and on to Errichidia where we stopped for a picnic lunch to feast on the goodies purchased from the supermarket the night before, a motley concoction of tuna, soft cheese and mayonnaise on fresh bread bought along the way. Vince and I topped it off with fresh mangoes. Our route took us past large lakes with Aqua coloured water used to generate hydroelectric power amidst dry arid desert and Craggy mountains. Once we reached Merzouga ...
... with some difficulty the 500m slope ended up taking my sneakers off easier without shoes. I past everyone else, and only had 2 others go past me to the peak! Anyway got chatting to a Spanish couple and they kept me company! I watched the sunset over the desert and dunes just amazing . Climbed back down and then we sat around on the sand waiting for our dinner, chatted to the young Italian guy, until dinner was served. We were ushered into another tent, and served dinner, Harara ...
... seemed to have an inbuilt sat nav device in his head. We marveled at the way he would just drive off road across the desert dunes to a particular location with no roads or even pistes to follow. When we asked him how he found his way around, he just laughed and said "It's all in my head!", confirming our not-very-scientific biological sat nav theory.
The diversity of the geology and landscapes within a very small area of desert was ...
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