Today´s roadbook for the Budapest-Bamako rally contains this piece of reassuring advice:
“IMPORTANT: There are landmines in Western Sahara. DO NOT GET OFF THE PAVED ROAD OR THE DIRT ROAD. Always drive in tire tracks. Don’t deviate from the dirt roads! Always log your track so you can go back to the road that you came from in case you get lost. Landmines are deadly! Please always keep it mind.”
As you understand, our three brave vespateers have entered Western Sahara today. An interesting adventure, for sure. This is a politically very sensitive area, and it is called the Southern Provinces by Morocco. The local Saharawi population has been fighting for independence ever since Spain gave up this colony in 1975. The Saharawis and sympathizers with their cause consider this the last African colony. “This is a war zone,” the report says.
Kind of nerve wracking, eh!!! We will just have to wait for news from the guys, I guess. The tracker shows that they are steadily moving forward. That´s gotta be good…