Thursday, January 27, 2011

TdA Stage 10 - Without a Stick it's Just a Carrot

148km. Desert Camp to Desert Camp

Another lovely day of smooth roads and low traffic. The winds kept us on our toes as it switched from head to cross to tail wind. Felt like it was working against us most of the day, but that might just have been me.

We've had 10 days of riding so far and this is the first time I've really buried myself. I think it started yesterday with inadequate hydration. And then I was so focused on hydration today that I didn't eat enough. On the ride it was fine, but I have just been trashed since getting to camp. I guess I would not appreciate the good days so much if I never felt like this.

Desert Camp was again right next to the Nile. Again, Carrie and I were the first to get in. It was cold and so refreshing. I can't believe how luxurious it feels to shampoo my hair. Not luxurious enough to cure my blues, but still good.

There are no locals in sight. The camp is quite remote. This is more like what I expected camping in the desert would be like. The view of the stars is incredible. And the setting is pretty cool, too. The landscapes around here are a bit mars-like. No vegetation except for a think line of green along the river.


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