It was a much needed day without riding today, resting in the quiet but rather large town of Dongola. The loudest noises were the barking dogs and baying donkeys (mostly heard by those who camped at the “zoo” – a lovely spot with real grass!). Although I battled mosquitos in my hotel room, it was nice to have a toilet – a squat toilet mind you – only 5 feet away. My stomach is pseudo recovering today, although I continue to test it with local treats of fuul and pita but added yoghurt and ginger brew to help calm things.
The day for most was spent doing laundry in the bucket, drying it between tents, washing the bikes down, and catching up on internet. Some ventured into town for the souq and others attempted the cultural excursion to the temples. My friend, Christina, and I went for a short jog first thing in the morning and it was nice to stretch the leg muscles in another way. In the heat of the day it is wise to just stay in the shade or the air conditioned computer school (where I think half of the tour is now!). As an update… I am still in the internet spot in between young boys playing soccer games and looking at pictures of girls (fully covered in hijabs). Every once in awhile they come behind me to look at photos with curiosity. One just asked for his picture – Musahib – I’ll post that soon. Every once in awhie it just strikes me as funny to be in Sudan i an Internet university. Back on the ride tomorrow!