Ahead of Schedule
Three days out of Dongola and three days of tailwind on great road, makes riders happy, adds loads of distance and fills our tents with sandâ€¦with the sand not ending there; itâ€™s also in our food, eyes, ears and every now then, in our mouths on which to chew.
Last nightâ€™s wind was no different as we pitched tents in clouds of sand and then took shelter behind the dinner truck, where we enjoyed an African general knowledge quiz before dinner.
The wind blew all night and this morning was a chilly, beautiful desert morning with sand drifting and swirling gently across the road ahead. Occasionally we would turn slightly left and catch the wind from the side. As an oncoming bus races by, the gentle drift of sand would act as hundreds of biting gnats and then a spade full of sand in the face.
Today was the last racing day before Khartoum and because of the improved road surface and tailwind we will be cruising into town one day ahead of schedule. This means an extra day to spend in town, hopefully out of the sand. As per rider vote we will be having a 20km time-trial tomorrow. We should see some good times if this wind persists getting us into town early enough to see the whirling dervishes on Friday afternoon.
Khartoum and the end of Pharaohâ€™s Delight here we come.