Day 17 - Rest day - Dongola (Sudan)

Sunday: True to form, a well deserved rest day, and I woke up at 4am and just couldn't get back to sleep. 

I spent the next couple of hours sending out photos of the last four touring/stage days  (they just wouldn't go out onto the 'interweb' while we were out in the Sudanese countryside) via the Hotel WiFi facilities. 

A small group of the riders left the Hotel relatively early, by taxi to take a 165km trip to see the Pyramids (Jebel Barkal) outside of Dongola. To be honest, Judith and I are just all 'Pyramided' and 'Templed' out at this stage, so we gave it a miss.

Wandering around the Metropolis of  Dongola

Checking out the chickens at the eating house

The sights of Dongola

Bread Van a la Tuk-Tuk

Sudanese Schwarma time

Sudanese truck all dressed up

Another colorful Sudanese truck

Bridge over the Nile as seen from Camp

Riverboats on the bank of the Nile River

Wandered into Dongola CBD with some of the riders, found a suitable eating house and had brunch. This consisted of chicken shwarmas and freshly squeezed fruit juice (guava & mango). Also helped Alex finish off some fish (Nile Perch) all of it very tasty.

After brunch, walked around town and bought some odds and ends from various shops/stalls and took in the sights and sounds of Dongola. Walked a fair distance away from the Hotel... so took a Tuk-Tuk back to the Hotel.

Checked and repacked our bags, the permanent bag had to be back on the Truck by 4pm this afternoon. Went to TDA Camp to deliver our bags, and stayed to chat to a few of the campers.

While loading her permanent bag Liz realized she had slightly underestimated it's weight. 

For dinner we decided to initiate the "Tuk-Tuk Challenge", on Rest Day's, participants have to take a Tuk-Tuk into town, buy take-away's for the others at camp, and be back at camp within an hour. So off went Rob, Judith, Bridgette and Anmei, and they managed to get back with enough food for all, within their allocated hour :P

Chilling out...

After dinner we left Camp and went back to our Hotel, another rest day gone, back on the bikes tomorrow. A 143km ride from Dongola to "Dead Camel Camp" Sounds interesting!

Mike T