|Setting off for AD on Sunday, JJ packed with gear|
We've been on day trips to the area around the Liwa Oasis before and had even camped just off the Arada Rd to the SW of the huge crescent shaped oasis early last year. Away from the moisture of Liwa, the sands are mostly empty of vegetation, camels and human life but even so vary a lot in character as you move from east to west.
|Pipeline Construction - The DC's SAR Helicopter parked nearby|
Once we were signed off by Race Control we packed the gear and were free to play.... soon we discovered that the local sand was really really soft and rapidly called it a day after a hose on Ram's car came unclipped causing him to loose most of the cooling water. Tired, sweaty and suffering from mild dehydration we headed to a popular lorry drivers cafe in Humeem for a cup of chi before making tracks for the bivouac, a quick supper, a beer or two (to combat the dehydration you understand) and our beds.
|Hanging Around Waiting for Competitors to Arrive|
|Curry Supper on Day 4|
|Sunrise in Rub Al Khali|
|Helicopter on Manouevres|
|Stamping Competitors Cards is a Dusty Business|
Day 5 - the very last day of the Desert Challenge 2012 and we ended it back where we'd started, at the pipeline...this time no PC just managing the traffic on the pipeline track, oh and driving the stage from PC1 to the pipeline before the competitors started racing at 07:00. Hence another early morning drive in the dark from the Resthouse across the Crescent to refuel at the Bivouac before heading up the gash track to open up the route. We did however manage to grab breakfast at 05:30 in the Bivouac and say hi to many friends that we'd hardly seen all week.
|Oops - Dev wished he'd not landed just there|
|JJ at the Dc's Mobile Service Station|
|At the Awards Ceremony|
|The Winning Car from France|