The contour lines keep falling off the map

not a column of dolerite to be seen anywhere  

 

 

Riding east from Mirleft we rode through some unbelievably rugged and increasingly barren landscape. Tough life for the Berber and Tourheg families trying to eke out an existence from this land.   More photos following, of this stoney country. It was spectacular in its ruggedness. 

 Add water and you get some greenery        

Add water and you get some greenery  


 

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 Dades Gorge and its weather rocks  

Dades Gorge and its weather rocks  

 Sunrise near the Sahara

Sunrise near the Sahara

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 just look at the contour lines, they are all over the place. Real More Rock n Roll countryside !!!

just look at the contour lines, they are all over the place. Real More Rock n Roll countryside !!!

 getting closer to the desert

getting closer to the desert

 closer still

closer still

 And then came the desert!! Sandstorms everywhere you looked. Half the road was covered in sand and then when it clears we find we are on the edge of the Sahara. 40 km from Algeria!!      Bikes were parked up. Phew. That's a good idea as we were literally melting into the road, sandpaper like!!!    A refreshing dip in the pool, clean clothes and off for an overnight bivouac in the desert courtesy of these gorgeous cushion footed creatures     

And then came the desert!! Sandstorms everywhere you looked. Half the road was covered in sand and then when it clears we find we are on the edge of the Sahara. 40 km from Algeria!!

 

Bikes were parked up. Phew. That's a good idea as we were literally melting into the road, sandpaper like!!!  

A refreshing dip in the pool, clean clothes and off for an overnight bivouac in the desert courtesy of these gorgeous cushion footed creatures  

 

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Dinner under the stars. Jupiter and Venus were the only constellations I recognised. No Southern Cross boo hoo.  

 

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