So, the day starts at about 7 with breakfast. Everyone’s usually awake pretty early coz it’s so freaking hot in the tents!
Tents are packed up in what is now record speed – I can only pack up to the point where the tent is ready to be rolled up. This is where AK comes in to fight off the various bugs with pincers raised and ready to attack when they appear from underneath! After all it is their territory, we are the invaders!!!
Pack the tents away and drive on. On a driving day we’ll truck for a few hours, stop for lunch in a village if we pass one and maybe stop and see some sights along the way. Other days a quick drive to the next stop, find a bush camp somewhere off the road or occasionally in a camp site.
We love bush camping the best – just out in the middle of the bush with nobody around. Dead quiet, eat dinner and just staring at the stars. The only thing about the campsites is the relief of having a shower… I never thought I’d be wishing the showers were as cold as possible!!!
Ruby (truck) has roll down tarps on both sides and at the front, so we get those rolled down as early as possible to let the ‘cool’ air blow through. The 2 options are either to sit in the very front and be in the hair dryer position – boiling hot air blowing through onto you, drying you and producing a layer of sweat all at the same time…Or to sit at the very back and get pummeled by the 80km p/h wind all day. This is cooler but almost impossible to do anything except sit very still with your eyes closed.
Sands storms were also fun!! Covered in a 3 inch layer of sand in 20 minutes! We also play musical seats just to keep us entertained. The best part of the day is drinking down the obligatory 5 litres of water which has been slowly heated up during the day until it’s hot enough to brew up a pack of 2 minute noodles (I kid you not it was done this afternoon!)
Parking up for the night cook tents are out up, again in record speed, and the cook group gets to work. At the moment there’s 15 of us so we’re in groups of 3. This means buying any ingredients in the local markets and cooking up dinner and breakfast the next day. So far we’ve been eating like kings! We’ve had problems with the fresh meat recently, the only chance to buy it is early in the morning, and after 7 hours on the boiling truck the meat is at the least questionable! But we’ve even had some delicious fish dishes. All the meals are cooked over a fire-pit (once dug and lit by moi!)or portable charcoal burners – the authentic fire flavor is awesome!