After yesterday's heat and dehydration, I made the mistake of over-hydrating. Including what I drank at breakfast, by the time I got to the lunch truck at the 52 km mark, I must of drunk at least 5-liters of fluid.
I felt so nauseous I could only eat watermelon at lunch, and decided discretion was the better part of valor, and climbed into the lunch truck. Judith also climbed into lunch truck as she had been struggling in the heat as well.
Rode in the truck to the intermediate Refreshment Station, a new addition by TDA Management to the days riding strategy, brought on by the hot riding conditions.
Collected riders along the route as we went towards camp, they wisely abandoned due to the hot conditions. However congratulations and respect go out to all those riders who completed the day.
There were a few that finished with heat exhaustion, and one serious case bordering on heat stroke (fortunately quickly treated by our very able Dr. Helen).
On arrival at Camp, we took another Donkey wash each, waited under the shade of the vehicle awnings, while we drank a relatively cold soft drink or two, supplied by some young enterprising local and waited for the riders' briefing and dinner.
Once again, Judith and I didn't erect our tent until the sun went down, as it was just too hot to do so.
I sat around with Muzz and Andje discussing the day's ride, before going off to sleep, after a day which most of the riders agreed, had been their toughest days riding.
|Line up for breakfast|
|Chilled breakfast before the fun began|
|The morning's sunrise|
|When Michael comes through the Village all the ladies come out to greet him|
|Another Tractor Taxi|
|Out on the corrugations...|
|Phillip in full flight|
|The village kids always enjoy watching the cyclists passing by|
|Deborah experiencing another puncture!!|
|Railway Station but no more railway line!|
|The Great British Railway is all and gone|
|First Bridgette took advantage of a shady lunch stop|
|Then Anmei took advantage of it|
|Judith enjoying the watermelon|
|The enterprising ladies in the lunch truck|
|A welcome Coke Stop|
|Today's heat called for the establishment of an intermediate Refreshment Station|
|British Lorry Power|
|Waiting for the lunch truck to cross the donga (ditch)|
|Hooray here comes the lunch truck through the donga!|
|Sheltering from the heat|
|Cyclists arriving at Camp|
|Welcome to Camp!|
|Andrew and Linda resting up after a hard days cycling.|
Andrew having joined the Sudan Tattoo Club today.
|Not only do the kids take the orange tape but its become very fashionable with the adults|
|Wendy and Paul Farrow come arrive after a very tough days ride|
|Niklas making sure he keeps clean and healthy|
|True love is sharing your donkey wash|
|Briefing - Tomorrow's ride|
|Charles the winner of today's very difficult stage|
|Bikes are also useful for hanging up your washing|
|Liz multi-skilling having dinner and soaking her feet|
|Philip negotiating for his daily donkey wash|
|Sunset after a very hot and difficult day|