Day 7 - The Great Sand Sea

Trip Start Nov 04, 2008
Trip End Nov 23, 2008

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Flag of Egypt  , Maţrūḩ,
Monday, November 10, 2008

19.15 - What a day today. Although we have not actually done that much, what we have seen has been incredible. Funnily enough, the start of the day was not all that good. After I had written here last night, my stomach took a turn for the worse. I got all cold and had a slight temperature and the shits of course! I went to sleep early after a paracetemol, dioralyte and rehydration drink. During the night I had to get up a couple of times to pay a visit but in general I had a good sleep and didn't feel too bad in the morning.
After breakfast, we frantically finished packing our bags then took them down to the waiting jeeps. We quickly loaded them up and we were off with only a quick stop to pick our military escort who will be helping us through the checkpoints en route and a policeman to make sure we don't do anything were not supposed to. Initially we were driving on paved road and the scenery was ok but a bit plain. After a couple of hours driving we turned off the main road and hit the desert proper. We came to a ridge with amazing views then we proceeded to drive down it! Shortly after was our lunch stop by some ancient caves with some human remains. It was quite interesting but there are only so many tombs you can see before becoming a bit bored.

Once we were finished, we drove on the 'main road' for a while until we reached Bahrayn Oasis. It was similar to Siwa but without the development. We didn't stay long as the mozzies were out in force. The best part of the day began with us driving over the dunes which was great fun. Our driver, Tash Tash, had 25 years experience and he was showing off which made it even better.  Mohammed and the policeman were also in our car. It was only a short but fun drive to our campsite between the sand dunes. The first thing we did was climb up the nearest dune to watch the sunset which was spectacular. It was a hard climb up but well worth it and we also got to have some fun rolling down the dunes but now I have sand in every orifice! We have just had a tea of bar-b-q chicken, rice and veg with fresh dates to follow. The sky is good but the moon in too bright to see many stars unfortunately. Sleeping under the stars tonight.
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