Best night’s sleep yet! Apparently the Sudanese saying is true – you sleep most peacefully in a cemetary! I didn’t realize until we were packing up the tents that we had camped in an old cemetary next to a deserted/haunted mud house (according to Abdullah, one of our drivers). And to top it off, Mathias the Medic, brewed FRESH CAFE this morning – what a most delightful smell! It was just perfect to start a long day of cycling. The ride was peaceful in the morning with the various desert colors of organge, copper, green, yellow, brown, and black rising from the sounds to rounded plateus. A fierce headwind confronted us in the afternoon and the apple fanta stop provided just the needed relief. Plus we had a fun interaction with one of the local guys who test rode my bike! We set off again and Christina and I rolled into camp after enjoying a few kms of girl talk (there are 13 of us ladies out of 63) and then it was straight to “work:)”
1. Set up tent
2. Put on dry clothes (essential piece of advice for all future riders – do it immediately!)
3. Yummy nutricious veggie soup.
4. Swim in the Nile (Life is tough:)
5. Bike maintenance (minor front derailer and front brake adjustments from Randy, a fellow rider)
6. Yoga in the shade behind the truck in the sand.
7. Yummy dinner (did I mention we eat A LOT – consuming about 6500 calories a day takes its toll).
8. Sand bonfire. No s’mores but fireside singing by Christine and Peter – lovely voices – under an incredible starry night. We pushed bedtime though… 8:30pm was a late one!