Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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through the desert to Colome #4

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#1 - asking for directions
#2 - collecting a hitch hiker

anonymous says:

that bottom pic is wow!

4th May 2007, 06:13

Viv says:

The idea of short cuts when the roads are so basic seems a little wooying to me

a brave hitch hiker!

4th May 2007, 11:04

swamprose says:

the country around here reminds me so much of Arizona, saguaro cactus. beautiful.

got your water bottle?

4th May 2007, 11:37

Dhamaka says:

Thanks Anon

Viv - It was involuntary. She didn't realise that buses in that area only run in one direction once a week. Luckily where I was headed was only 40km from her destination, so the last bit of taxi would have only cost her about £6

Swamprose - I have a cactus people story for you when we meet. I seem to be drinking about 5 litres of water a day and that might not be enough. Carrying sufficient water to ride here next year is going to be a real challenge!

4th May 2007, 12:39

swamprose says:

and I have some cactus people stories for you...water is the big concern in the desert, so I can't imagine cycling through it, unless it was at night...that might be neat.

4th May 2007, 13:38

JokerXL says:

Very "Metro Goldwyn Meyer"

5th May 2007, 12:54

Dhamaka says:

Joker - I guess they get their images from somewhere too :P

Swamprose - The entire trip through the desert shouldn't take more than 3 days. If I'm lucky and the desert is moonlit I might be able to make it by night although I'd have to ask if there were any nasty animals I should avoid. I've been thinking about just riding from sunrise to mid day as it's a lot cooler then. Trouble is that as well as water I'll need to bring my own shade for the rest of the day.

We'll see. No point in worrying too much before I get the rest of the sponsorship in

5th May 2007, 14:01

swamprose says:

moonlit desert ride sounds good to me. In most Latin countries, everything and everyone just closes down around noon to 3pm when things get too hot. When in Rome...?

5th May 2007, 19:35

Dhamaka says:

It's way too hot to do anything after 3pm. Besides which, if I'm following that I should not believe, act or plan on anything until I can physically the manifestation of whatever is promised, not start functioning until until 11:00am, change various arrangements at a moments notice and party all night

and while that doesn't sound too bad in theory, it'll leave me about an hour a day for the cycling

... actually.....


5th May 2007, 19:59