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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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