Some off-road and beautiful landscapes

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
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Trip End Oct 27, 2010


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Things in Boujdour get delayed again, Jay picks up our clothes from Sidis house (many thanks!) while i empty the hotel room. Downstairs we try to fix my car stereo checking all sorts of cables and connections. For some reason unknown to us its working again!

Its midday and we decide its best to have some lunch next door before we leave. This also means that the whole town knows were there and soon people swoop in to buy stuff. Amidst the negotiations Jay manages to stomach some chicken and chips against my advice. He hasn't had something to eat in the last 48hrs but his stomach might not be too happy with all that at once. Mind you he does whip out a big bottle of good old Heinz ketchup from the car!

People are still clinging on for some last minute deals but we call it off as its become late and need to head off. Just out of town there's the next police checkpoint. This time the officer on duty demands a "cadeaux" which is a small gift. Apparently he does this to all foreigners here. I reply that next time round i will bring something..

Its a long, straight road on flat plains of desert. I'm glad the stereo works and get pretty bored. I play around with my sunglasses as they're polarized and looking at different angles everywhere gives interesting results.. We are dangerously low on fuel and hadn't really checked before. We pass a building in the middle of nowhere and ask for fuel but luckily there is a petrol station just 10min away. I feel kind of relieved but have a feeling that this place probably wont have any left. Im kind of right as we can only refuel a bit. Enough for next stop where we top up.

About halfway the landscape becomes more interesting, we have a variety of rising plains that make a sort of interesting valley of dry earth. Jay has a brilliant idea by swerving off the road at a random spot for some interesting offroad! Finally my tractor lookalike tyres can do the job they were built for. The tyres bite into the loose soil and i engage into some low ratio 4x4 fun! We arrive at a huge dry valley and park-up for some photos. I show Jay how to do a hand-held panorama shot of 17 photos. Its a bit crude but it works.

Back on the long straight road and we finally arrive at Dakhla bay. Dakhla is actually a spit of land composed of sand with the town being at the far end. The landscape is mind-blowing and we cross two bits of open land just 1m above sea level. The tide is out so its just flat sand. When the tide is in the water almost touches the road. Quite bizarre..

We stop off at one of the beaches just before sunset and i manage to grab my Nikon D300 for some great shots. Unknown to myself i was shooting in Jpeg instead of RAW. A bit annoyed i was when i finished and noticed my mistake but the shots came out quite pleasing.

Back into town and im quite impressed how a town like this could spring up from literally nowhere. We get some food despite Jays stomach playing up again. I advise not to eat fried, battered squid with chips and salad. Mind you, we are served some delicious bean soup that reminds me totally of Spanish food.
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