Even more sand
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We packed up and set off for the day by 8.30am
In the morning the wind wasn't too bad but by the afternoon it was blasting us like crazy from all directions. The scenery was sand in all directions, with occasional sand dunes and perhaps a tree every hour or so. The traffic wasn't too bad and they gave us plenty of room as they overtook us, which was good and allowed us to take it in turns to use the other person as a bit of a windshield. One person would be working like crazy to be moving forward at all and the other would still be pedaling but not battling so much to just stay upright. All in all, it was a tough day, as the wind increased it threw sand at us, which stung my legs and coated me from head to toe. The sand got everywhere, even underneath my clothes, which lead to it rubbing on my skin as I moved my legs.
By the end of the day we were both exhausted and most of all fed up with looking at the same view. It felt like the TV channel was stuck on static and you couldn't change it to a program. We could've called it a day sooner and tried to find a place to set up the tent in the wind, but we were hoping that if we made it to the village on our map we might be able to get a shower
We cycled almost 110km during the day and were exhausted but happy to see a town finally arriving in the distance. As we arrived into the town we saw that there was a hotel, which we were really surprised about as most of the smallest dots on the map have nothing in them. As we rang the bell we were excited about the prospect of potentially having a shower. As the girl showed me around the room, I couldn't help but wonder what she was thinking, as we appeared out of the desert with three days worth of sand and sweat covering us from head to toe. She definitely didn't have to ask us which direction we were travelling in.
We checked in and were relieved to have a great shower, even though it was freezing cold. It felt great to slowly remove the layers of filth and transform into a normal person again. The town seemed quiet and closed up, as we arrived so we decided to cook dinner in the hotel room on the camp stove. We were exhausted but had an overwhelming sense of satisfaction to have made it across such a desolate landscape and were excited to see what lay ahead on the other side of the desert.