Today, the guys arrived in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott. “A hole”, said a tired Magnus on the phone upon arrival. They had had a really weary day, driving along the coast through wet sand as the high tide came in. When they finally reached the hotel, there was no room for them – again! So there was the tent – again…
Nouakchott is the last place before Tambacounda, Senegal where the teams can buy decent food and gear. The roadbook says to stock up on supplies: “From here on things will be “bushy”.”
Tomorrow, the road will take them to the border town Richard Toll in Senegal. They have to cross the Senegal river to get there. Again, the road book tells tales of a scary border crossing:
“Rosso is one of West Africa’s most notorious border crossings. Try to get here as early as you can. The crossing will be difficult, time consuming, nerve wrecking and somewhat shocking. Consider the Morocco-Mauritania border a walk in the park compared to this one. Small hordes of “helpers” will attack you on both sides of the border.”
Take care, and good luck!