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Old 11-22-2008, 12:02 AM   #1
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:13 AM   #2
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:19 AM   #3
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Driest golf course ever, or maybe just the biggest sand trap.

*eating popcorn as well*
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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Driest golf course ever, or maybe just the biggest sand trap.
only 4 holes, but each one is par 60. You'll need a big driver
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:10 AM   #5
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So... Um... What's out there?

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Old 11-22-2008, 06:24 AM   #6
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:20 PM   #7
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:51 PM   #8
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:38 PM   #9
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:47 PM   #10
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:53 PM   #11
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So... Um... What's out there?

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Sand?

Flew into Riyadh in '90 (Desert Shield) over the desert. From 33,000 feet nothing but sand as far as the eye could see.

Spend a few months over there and when you come back to the 'States the green of trees is truly shocking...
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:21 AM   #12
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This is becoming a habit.

Earlier in the year I thought it would be a good idea to hold a ride out in the Saudi desert.

There are a few guys out here with dirtbikes and we have had a few runs in the sand together. So in April we did "The Riyadh 300".

It was boiling hot, over 110F, we didn't start until 1pm and we got hit by the biggest sandstorm of the year later in the day. We got everybody back in one piece but in hindsight it wasn't the best time to go.

Trying to run 300 km in those conditions was unwise. One guy managed 130 km. Some managed 30 km before heatstroke. I posted a report on that earlier.

November is a much better time. Cooler (85F) and we also had some heavy rain a few weeks ago, which helped firm up the sand a bit.

So on Thursday we loaded up the trailers and headed 100 miles outside of Riyadh into Bedu country. Bob would probably advise against this kind of thing but we like to live life, not take it, although the sheep might think that statement somewhat hypocritical.

We know a good spot not too far from the main Riyadh - Dammam highway. It involves driving a few kilometers through the sand but it is a good spot, out of sight and fairly quiet, and all the cars can get there without getting stuck. First thing was to set up camp before we lost the light. Sunset is around 5pm at the moment:


Rolling in.






Setting up camp



Getting on with the serious business of barbequing a whole lamb (5 hours). I think this one must have been on a diet, mind.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:29 AM   #13
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The lamb was pretty tasty. Shame there was no beer, but we are in a dry country


Feeding frenzy. A guy could lose a finger in the dark here.

Anyway, no beer was drunk and everybody crashed out early as it was a 7 am start. Hey, lets make that 8 am.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:47 AM   #14
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Yep. 8 am.

So some complete bastards drove in at around 6 am at sunrise the next day, so we all had to get up early.

Bikes were set up on pedestals. I'm not sure whether this was for posing or last minute maintenance:






Rules were established. Basically:

No scaring camels (big no-no)

No riding alone

GPS waypoints entered and checked

Number tags distributed (drop one at each waypoint then we can hopefully locate on which stretch you went missing )

Satellite phone numbers distributed

No leaving your bike if you break down

3 litres of water each man

And some other stuff aimed at making sure everybody got back safe.



The calm before the storm. It is 65 km/lap out through some tough sand and you would have an 8 hour walk back from the furthest point. You can break a neck out there on the pothole dunes.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:59 AM   #15
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