7th story: Broken bike
frame in the sahara (01.01.05)
year started with a bad surprise:
Hendrik's bike frame is broken!
We spent new year's eve in the
dessert with a startlit sky and a
temperature of only 4°C. We were
feeling happy and anxious to
cycle in the sahara.
On January 1st we stopped at a
roadside cafe to have a coca
cola. A truck drove by, caused a
suck and Hendrik's bike
toppled over. These things
happen, usually no big deal, but
this time the kickstand and the
handlebar were bent. Worst of all
there was a strange noise. After
2 more km the bike started to
wobble, first we thought a flat
tire or broken fork. We stopped,
took all the panniers and the
seat off the bike and discovered
that the frame was broken 2/3!
What a catastrophe, we were in
the middle of the dessert, 55km
from Guilmim and 60km from the
next town Tan Tan. And there was
hardly any traffic on this road.
Luckily we found a truck driver
who took us for free to Tan Tan.
We were pretty frustrated as you
can imagine. We felt pretty sad
not to be able to cycle this
part, after 7250km the first time
we were unable to cycle due to a
broken frame. Since it was
Saturday there was nothing we
could do about it. We checked
into Tan Tan's best hotel and
felt rather depressed.
On Monday, January 3rd we
called the bicycle company and
they will send a replacement
We just hope that it won't
take so long since Tan Tan is in
the dessert and there is really
not much to do.