I dug these photos out from the archives for this weeks Photofriday challenge. I like the weekly challenges because they get you rooting thorough old photo memories looking for something suitable.
This is a trip I made on a bike across the Sahara in Mauritania a few years ago. I cycled to Chinguetti from the coast, into the interior. But there is only one road in or out, so I left by camel, rather than backtrack on the road by bike.
Trekking in these inhospitable environments is always described as a huge struggle and full of challenges by travel writers and programme makers. But I have to say that it was a very relaxing time just ambling across the desert in sandals!!
There is no real point in sitting on the camels because it’s more fun walking alongside them, as you can wander off whilst the guide follows the trail that is memorised in his head.
Most of the routes that the guides take are ancient trade routes. The routes have long since shut down for trade, but the tourist industry keep them open and frequently used. The guide stop over at small oasis in the desert, where he can stock up on water (60 liters) which was carried by the three camels that I hired for the trip. Although as you can see by the pictures…one of them had to carry my bicycle.