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    Let me be the first to post in this section A selection of pictures playing about in the Sahara.
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    Looks amazing!!! those rocks in the 3rd picture look like they will have your tyres for minty tea
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    Biggles, for something like this, I think you should do jailtime. It's not fair to the working class!!!!!!
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    What are those oil drums doing there? i guess the child in me didnt expect litter in the sahara
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    Some awesome photography Biggles. Perhaps you have missed your calling .

    Can't you photoshop the Toyotas out?
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    Those oil drums were used for extra fuel for the Cruisers, Landys and Jeeps. Then offcourse shot out.

    Nice post for a change Biggles.
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    Nice piccies, Biggles. They brought back a few memories.........We did the military convoy from Dakhla in W. Sahara through to Nouadibhou, then headed off East into the Adrar........Atar, Choum, Chinguetti, then Nouakchott, Aleg Kiffa and Timbedra before crossing into Mali at Nara. I understand that a lot of this is off-limits now due to the activities of Al Qaida of the Islamic Magreb, who even kidnapped some people a few weeks ago on the Nouadibhou- Nouakchott road. There wasn't even a road between the two when I was there........you had to hire a guide to drive along the beach.

    Anyway, I remember a beautiful if slightly repressed and suspicious country, with endless horizons and endless roadblocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFROAD ADDICT View Post
    Those oil drums were used for extra fuel for the Cruisers, Landys and Jeeps.
    hahahahahahahahaha excellent!!!
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    The drums are in a laydown yard, they get cut and hammered flat for various uses. Actually a sneaky picture as behind the camera is a boneyard with old Nissan Hardbodies that couldn't cut it

    Mike sounds like not much has changed except there is now road... with endless roadblocks. Luckily we are a well known company so we just get straight through.
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    some more pictures of a long trip we did yesterday. Simply awsome scenery. I thought everyone that is missing the African scenery from the Paris-Dakar rally would really appreciate these.

    The driving was very Dakar Rally style (at about a third of the speed!!) After we stopped for tea the lead driver who has driven exploration in the Sahara for decades said i was a good driver... seems he had been trying to leave me behind. I nodded and smiled nonchalantly, trying hard to hide the fact that I had been fighting for 2 hours too keep the other vehicle in sight!!!
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    Evocative photos.........Give us a rough idea of where you were, please Biggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles View Post
    seems he had been trying to leave me behind. I nodded and smiled nonchalantly, trying hard to hide the fact that I had been fighting for 2 hours too keep the other vehicle in sight!!!
    Was that the blue Landy
    Excellent pics; reminded me of my stint in the UAE two years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camelman View Post
    Was that the blue Landy
    Excellent pics; reminded me of my stint in the UAE two years ago.
    Ja, the landies... I could never catch up... it has a +30 year head start
    The ones out here run a very slow lifestyle. I have never seen one moving but you arrive somewhere its parked. when you come next time its gone.
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    Evocative photos.........Give us a rough idea of where you were, please Biggles.

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    The Granite dome is self explanitary.
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    Thanks Biggles.....

    The aerial photos are really good in that area, so the Americans must be worried about something out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeAG View Post
    Thanks Biggles.....

    The aerial photos are really good in that area, so the Americans must be worried about something out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles View Post
    Or there's gold in them thar hills...

    Or there's Uranium in them thar hills.....
    ....doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?

    When I was in Chinguetti, if I had known that that impact crater was so close I would have gone and had a look.

    Before we set off we went to Stanfords of London, the best map shop in the whole world, and picked up whatever we could for the route. As it happened, we got a few maps for Mauritania, so got them out when we got into the country. One of them was a sheet of paper about ........oooh, I guess 900mm square, from memory.........and apart from the lat/ long grid it had just one line on it! We got so excited by that one line.....that must be a really interesting road or something, we thought, that we tried to go and have a look at the area. It turned out that the solitary line was a contour line!!!!

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    The "crater" near Chinquetti is not an impact crater, its some type of dome. Still impressive though, not sure you would see much on teh ground!!! Apparently the oasis on the west is worth seeing.

    I can relate to the map story, I have been trying to ortho correct sat pictures... with very few landmarks, you have to go out and survey the "Joshua" trees.
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    Hi,
    Wonder if you guys can give me some advice/info wrt to traveling through West Africa to Portugal. We are planning to depart on the 1st March 2011.
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    Biggles,

    I have just started work in Mauritania. Might see you around.

    Kevin.

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