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The End?

All of you still harboring that tiny, secret wish that you were experiencing all this with me, consider this: I spent a long, cold night on a concrete slab seriously considering the possibility that my trip was over. I arrived at the Algerian border in the early afternoon of the 9th from...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 10, 2007 from Nefta, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Apprehension

After 75 km of dead flat highway on a berm across the Chott El Jerid (Salt lake that to my eye looked more like sand with a crust of salt, but you could see the water level was just inches down. There was no problem walking on the sand though), I began to see higher land around 4pm. With the...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 8, 2007 from Tozeur, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



You're still in Tunisia???

OK, Polly really kicked my butt last night on the phone. The conversation went something like this: Silence "Why are you still in Tunisia"? Silence "You've hardly moved at all"! Silence Silence Silence ...you get the picture. To redeem myself I put in a decent if not outstanding 80...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 6, 2007 from Kebili, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Little Monster

This is Mayssar Rebi, a rather inquisitive 10 year old I met on the road between El Hamma and Kebili today. His dad waved me over to offer me some dates, and this little monster wasted no time before diving into my bike bags. I could not convince him that my GPS offered neither music nor...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 6, 2007 from Kebili, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Muscles

Rte. 16 west between El Hamma and Kebili 80 km. went very well today, which inspires me to thank the whole team that helped me come back from that unpleasant little car accident 18 months ago. Polly Dithmer, spouse supreme, Acton, MA: After spending a month in bed in no shape to even...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 6, 2007 from Kebili, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Enjoyments

Here's a list of what I'm enjoying about this trip: 1. Meeting people like Abdelhamid, pushing my comfort zone, and seeing what happens. 2. Taking a nice photograph. 3. Working on the blog. 4. Meeting the very occasional English speaker. 5. Seeing progress on the map. 6. Email. 7. A long,...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 6, 2007 from Kebili, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Agony

I was determined to keep my back-tracking to a single day, and set out for the 126 km ride north at 7am from Tataouine. The 53 kilometers back to Medenine were done by 11am, and I took an hour in a cafe to drink water, OJ and coffee. What I didn't notice sitting there was that a ferocious...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 4, 2007 from Gabes, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Technical bulletin: Bicycle

Some of you asked about my equipment, and so I thought I would start with the bike and occasionally add some other technical tidbits as I go along. The bike was designed by the good people at Pedal Power in Acton, Massachusetts (with a lot of "what if's" from me). The frame was measured to my...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 4, 2007 from Gabes, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Existential Despair (short-lived)

5pm Permission denied to enter the restricted zone to the south, and forced to head northwest to another crossing into Algeria. I’m angry at the official denial, embarrassed by how much I counted on getting permission, annoyed at the time and money I’ve wasted coming down here only to be...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 3, 2007 from Tataouine, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Italians!

Meet Luca and Tiziana, two Italians from Torino on vacation in southern Tunisia. I met them New Year's Eve when I was seated at their table, and they were kind enough to let me tag along on their tour of the ksars and villages around Tataouine. Luca is an engineer for Mondo (the company that...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 2, 2007 from Tataouine, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



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