87km-ish Senna camp to Dinder camp. I remember looking at the packing list provided by TdA a couple months ago and thinking, there is no way I will ever need all these extra tubes and patch kits (a sentiment seconded by my friend who helped me prepare the bike gear for the trip). Boy, were we wrong! I don’t know the camp total, but the winner had 10 flats! I got off lucky with 3, bringing my trip total to 5 so far. At one point our group stopped in the shade to escape the 47C (116.6F) heat and when we got up to leave, four of eight people had flats!
Add to the heat and the thorn causing flats, a terrain that was the same texture as corrugated tin and you ca understad that it was a VERY difficult and challenging day. To some degree it was a moral dilemma, do you stay to help everyone with flats or do you ride on to escape dehydration? My new solution is that if the person is alone – stop and help. Otherwise, ride on… there is always the sweep truck.
The highlight of the day was a the most muddy, yet refreshing, splash in the irrigation canal with Cari, Liam, Chris, Terry, and Pete. The most endearing story came from Bob, the oldest rider in camp… after his solo mud-dip in the canal the local bridge man invited Bob to his hut where he sat him down and took a precious jug of water and washed his feet of for him. Another example of the most generous nature of the Sudanese people