En route to the border

· 2 min read · western-sahara locals camping

Packed up this morning and ready to go when I noticed a 1.5cm diameter hole in the ground. Looks like something burrowed next to the tent.

An animal had burrowed a small hole into the sand in Western Sahara.

Passed the Tropic of Cancer today. Just two signs facing both directions of traffic and not much else!

The tropic of cancer in Western Sahara.

The Western Sahara is vast and mostly desert. There's lots of wind! The sand had been blown across the southbound lane on the N1.

Sand blown across road in Western Sahara.

Stopped for lunch in Bir Gandouz. Just bread, luncheon meat (need to find something else!) with avocado and cucumber. The town is small but spread out with only a few buildings on each block.

Entrance to a local shop in Bir Gandouz, Western Sahara.
Buildings in Bir Gandouz, Western Sahara.

Schools close at midday, which I believe is either for heat and/or religion. One boy saw me, yelled to his mates, and suddenly there were 7-8 kids staring at the motorcycle and me. They spoke French and the conversation was limited to what's your name and age. Pleasant kids. I tried to get a photo with all of them, but some ducked out, which prompted a few others to as well. Here are the two brave ones!

Two children in front of my Honda CRF250L in Bir Gandouz, Western Sahara.

The aim for today was to get close to the Mauritanian border, so I can arrive when it opens at 9am tomorrow morning. I'm camped in a good spot but the wind is relentless! Within minutes of getting into my tent, fine sand was being swept in. I pushed sand against the side from where it was coming and this seems to have prevented the majority of it. Tomorrow will tell.

Nemo Dagger 2P tent covered by sand in Western Sahara.

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