Tripoli to 40km East of As Sultan
Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
60Trip End Oct 31, 2010
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Ramadan starts today which means that all the locals stay up late into the night, and sleep late the next day to help them with fasting during sunlight hours. One benefit to this is that the roads are very quite in the morning and good headway can be made each morning.
After waking up in the rubbish dump of Tripoli we headed towards Leptis Magna, so more ancient Roman ruins. After stopping for some quick breakfast and organising a guide for the ruins we headed off the see Leptis Magna.
The ruins are really impressive, and it was definitely worth getting a guide. The only problem with our guide is that he seemed not to get the idea that we were not cut out for the 40 degree heat
We took about 2 hours looking around the ruins, and once again we couldn't help thinking that the ancient Romans could teach the current inhabitants a thing or two about ablutions and hygiene. The Ruins are however very impressive and about the only thing we have seen to make Libya worth the trip.
We headed on from Leptis with the idea of covering as much ground as possible. From Leptis Magna the coastline changed drastically and turned into dessert. After miles and miles of nothing, and the sun starting to set we turned off the main road and drove about 1km into the sand and set up camp.
We spent a beautiful night under the stars in the dessert close to the coast, and for the first time we could walk around without stepping on rubbish everywhere. So with us gazing at the stars and a pair of scorpions battling away under the legs of our stretchers we went to sleep.
Our "guide" at this point of the trip started taking a few liberties, and enjoyed a good sit down while we set up camp around him, and did the same again the next morning while we packed up camp.