April 5, 2002
Erg El Jenein - Kamour - Near Ksar Ghilane
The waste is collected and neatly disposed of in the
next town, to then officially be dumped in nature.
When Martin had been here with the first group two
weeks ago the drifts on this track had been much smaller.
At a building site we had to drive through very fine,
almost flour-like sand. It was only a few hundred meters
long but it felt like soap to drive on.
Often the track runs next to the oil pipeline (seen
here to the right).
Stone-empty drained "low-cost camels" ....
We try to encircle a herd of camels ....
I wonder what the purpose is!?!?
Cars everywhere .... shit !!!! I better disappear real
Our praying Euroduin ...
Must be interesting ... such a defective tyre (No.
1 for Heidi and Peter).
After the corpus delicty has bee removed, the hole
can sometimes hardly be found.
Branches and sticks were always the reason.
The hole is cleaned and enlarged to the necessary size.
Then the mushroom is soaked in the vulcanising liquid,
inserted into the hole and whatever sticks out is cut
Trip of the "diesels" to a beautiful lookout
point. The "petrols" were forced to follow
the pipeline track, in order to save fuel.
We had somewhat underestimated our fuel consumption
for an autonomy of 600 km and did not yet know how
much fuel we would need in the "eye of a needle".
Martin and Oliver from the Opel Frontera, as well
as Gilles of the other 130er Defender enjoy the sights
in direction west and southeast.
The vastness and remoteness is quite overwhelming.
We will take this way to the north (once we've reached
Wow, rock crystals.
The whole crest of the hill was covered with them.
Departure from the lookout.
Insert the low gears and keep the feet away from all
It was so steep that one was well advised not to touch
the break pedal, in order to prevent the "backside"
overtaking the front.
The "Boss" at the bottom takes it easy, it
cannot be that bad.
Nice to see, how the Frontera is pressed into the
front suspension on the steep slopes.
And that was it ..... actually nothing special (from
We did not get bogged down-hill but all it takes is
a driving error or a small inadvertence ... it happens
This now is "the way to the north" we saw
from the lookout.
Unbelievably where flowers can develop.
No, they are not melons, but we also do not know what
We also were not spared.
Beast!! Since the hole is outside the bearing surface,
this tyre is neither repairable and nor can it be
driven at home. But it will be good enough for here.
It is hard work ;-))
Up to there - does not look spectacular. But already
the next car is stuck firmly ........ should we dig
out or disassemble the car straight away?
The next one does not get far .... (Frontera, the
second) ..... and it needs some energy to free him
up again. However the exhaust had less luck. Its suspension
The rest of the group looked for a better way.
The day was rewarded with one of the most beautiful
campsites of the trip.
Susi's und Ruedi's tent.
Wonderful clear skies, without wind or sand in the
air, and bestowed us with the first marvelous sunset.
Visualized elementary particle physics.
The bread baked here had baker's "A" quality
and was of the finest sort.
Not burned, regularly brown .... unfortunately there
was not enough
Ruedi, our "Trubadix", provided for a romantic