United Arab Emirates: Day 1
|View from the plane to Dubai before landing in Dubai International Airport|
Report by Moshin (http://arabianoffroad.com/), the organiser and my CS host, I just added some pictures:
The weekend began with very interesting weather. I was going to pick-up a Couchsurfer "Tusi from Slovenia" at the airport and got little delayed, hence requested Naveen to lead the Convey till Madinat Zayed (MZ).
The convey consist of Naveen, Zubin/Ninul, Matilda/Andy, Shawn+ Mrs Shawn, Shazad, Zulfi, and Amit.
|Gathering in Madinat Zayed|
We caught up with the rest of the gang at MZ, and after re-fuelling, stocking up and Friday prayers we entered desert form the "Fodder Factory" entrance. Due to heavy rains, the sand was quite hard and it was clear that there are no chances for us to do any kind of side sloping or other stunts that we normally look forward to specially at such places.
|Loading the wood for barbecue|
|Here it is, entrance to the great desert|
|First task, deflating the tyres|
|Nissan Patrol stopped|
|While the car was being repaired, some guys were burning 5 times cheaper gas than we have it at home|
|"The Mechanic" Naveen did a great job|
|We were stuck in the sand|
At about he 4:30 I received a call from Naveen, gave me the unfortunate news with regards to Amit's Xterra. The point of mishap was exactly 30 km from the point of entry. He also requested if I could find a mechanic who can come over to get the car started. So while I was looking for mechanics I requested Sarwar who was also managing his own office crisis at that time, to speak to police for help and paper-work.
|Driver and the co-pilot (me) stepped out of the Nissan Xterra with a little pain in the neck. We were lucky.|
|We jumped to the bottom|
In the mean time Sarwar had spoken to few officers at Liwa Police Station who were OK with the idea of we getting the car to the police station for the paper work.
It was important for me to be with the convey and with no help receiving from anywhere, at about 8:00pm, equipped only with my Patrol and a party bucket of KFC (ordered by Naveen) I decided to drive to the given co-ods. I was doing something that I always advice others not to do (going alone in Desert). I switched off my music, said my prayers, turned on all the lights and started. Even after so many years of Offroading, driving alone in that desert at night, with no option of making a single mistake is a scary thought. Anyways about 9:40 I manage to reach the spot. I was glad to see Amit and Tusi where is a very jovial mood. KFC was still warm and I am sure everybody enjoyed it.
As the night progressed, it got very cold and windy, and my plastic shed was making enough noise to keep me up, however most of us where snoring to glory after a hearty KFC along with so much of other food.
|Can the car be fixed in the desert?|
|Setting up the camp|
|Time to start cooking the dinner|
|Chicken for dinner|
KFC delivers also in the desert
|This tent was very loud in a windy night|
|Over night we cooked some eggs|