Today was our first day in the real desert. While the morning was still nice and cool we were hit by a head wind and temperatures in the mid 40s. (It felt more like 60!) It was like cycling into a hair dryer. While riding along I was taking in Sudan - literally. Through my nose, mouth, and ears. There is sand and dust everywhere. And dead camels next to the road. Usually one smells them before they can be seen. I am completely spent today. Riding in this heat seems to take double the effort.
We were a much happier lot today. Weather was good and we all were in camp by 3 pm.
Our camp sites so far were just at the side of the road (literally). The trucks just pull off at a certain point and we pitch our tents all around it. Yesterday it was between 2 highway lanes. Today is next to a truck weighbridge with the muezzin calling every hour. Will let you know tomorrow if/when he is off duty.
By the way the reason I don't update you on the scenery here is simple - there is none.