Fantastic report so far Tiffany!!!
Kudo's to you for going it alone.
I wouldn't worry bout the comments re-dangerous and wotnot. I have been told all places (except america apparently) are dangerous, and anyway, you're not in the organ business are you?
Considering your other travel experiences I reckon you have more than enough street cred to recognize a reprobate from a truly dodgy bloke!
Cant believe that rice tea is anything like Rooibos!
Well done for overcoming the sand. Its always the hardest/toughest/worst stretches of any ride that brings the fondest memories afterwards. Its also what makes trips epic!
Keep the posts coming and keep those wheels rolling!