Andy is back in touch, air time charged, on the net.
He’s checked into The Grand, in Khartoum, room is comfortable, air con works…with the rest of today and tomorrow to rest. The way he was feeling this afternoon he said that he couldn’t think of anything that would attract him out of his room tomorrow…but that could change. Last night he was wrapped up in his tent by 19.00 and slept through the night.
His report on the tent is that he’s got it sorted. All the bits and pieces he needs are in one bag and he’s got a routine for putting it up and taking it down. Amazing what practice can do..
They’ve had three days riding 140-150 kms: it’s been hot, over 30 C in the afternoons; and the landscape has been harsh.
Andy talked about how big and modern Khartoum looks after cycling 500 kms across the desert, seeing only occasional shacks. Then they rode across the Nile bridge, straight into downtown skyscrapers.
The ride usually enters and leaves big towns and cities in convoy. It’s safer and no-one gets lost. The last 20 kms into Khartoum today was ridden in convoy. The convoy rule is that slower riders go at the front to set the pace but this afternoon the faster riders got to the front…so although the day’s ride was only 87 kms the last 20 kms in the heat of the afternoon were a bit trying.
As can you see from the program below three riders are leaving the ride at Khartoum. Chris has been one of Andy’s ‘four musketeers’ who have been hanging in together.