Left the town got about 500m then stopped – fined this time for failing to stop at a halt sign – nobody in sight as I drove up at 20ks an hour exactly same procedure as day before -really a try on but I just wanted out of there so 200 dirhams it was.
Guess what more desert absolutely vast, all you can see is sand and flat here, you really do start having visions as sky and horizon just melt in all directions – very odd. We drove for 80 miles and did not see a vehicle, Then only a few trucks, roadside repairs are common judging by massive oil slicks by roadside. Blowouts seem frequent judging by debris and scars on roads
No wildlife at all just camels. Forgot to say no birds except on the coast further up when we went through hoards of swallows and swifts heading north plus a few flamingos in the odd coastal river that had water in it.
It was our intention to stop but there is nothing we discovered other than army posts and half built new towns. So before we knew it we were a 100Ks from border and thought lets try it.
Suffice to say the border crossing took 2 hours mostly on Moroccan side – a study in affected laziness until somebody flashes some cash which happened all the time. Then the tricky bit the 3ks no mans land from West Sahara to Mauritania is still a minefield with no roads. Follow tracks is the advice – question is which ones as you weave between wrecked cars. Absolutely crazy everyone including trucks etc has to bounce, slide and spin with fingers crossed. Interesting feature Satnav went into panic mode big red letters and loud voice – MINEFIELD MINEFIELD – not something you get very often.
Mauritanian side better but took another 50ks to town and that was entertaining – co pilot not happy – she should have tried driving. Rules are if you have lights no matter how many/ few they must be on full beam, this is to blind you so you can’t see the guys without any at all as they dodge the donkey carts and drive on both sides of the road in both directions at the same time, then theres the pedestrians, goats etc. Co driver was beyond whimpering – reached a state of horror stricken silence not broken until this morning .
Wandered through part of the town this morning – nice people, laid back. Got insurance arranged for west africa – in theory anyway – only time will tell.
Off tomorrow to wildlife park famous for birds really – Emmas threatening to get her big camera out . Make a change from camel pics anyway.
Went to main fishing port very busy, taxis are odd by Uk standards they toot as they pass if you want a lift they stop no matter who or how many people are in there already. best one had smashed windsceen,4 passengers plus us. doors operayed by string and wires except drivers which just kept opening. Strange noises abound. but cheap 70p and freindly.