It’s another day in the beautiful peaceful desert of Sudan. Everyday brings a new challenge for the cyclist, yet they continue to grow and get stronger everyday. In this desert their challenges is the heat. They need to keep themselves hydrated as much as possible for the sun is fierce and they cycling over a 100km per day. Our challenge for they day as the truck support crew, is to find essential water we all need to survive.
The time is 13 00h. The air is still and dry. The temperature is 36 Celsius. We have just finished lunch for the riders and we now on the water mission. We spot a water tank on the side of the road next to a school and decided to investigate the water source. We are in luck we find a borehole water pump after a s small negotiation with the gentle locals, who watch us with interest from the shade of the building, we begin the humbling process of pumping the precious water from deep down in the earth into our water tanks a slow process but quite the arm muscle workout! With full water tanks, and smiling faces we head to camp with a renewed respect for the people who live in this extreme desert environment.
No1 Rule in the desert – Collect water when you can find water as you never know when you may find it again! Water is precious! Water is life!
— Janet Farquharson