Tim and Alexis, the TwoFour Arabia film crew following our intrepid team have sent us the following update on the teams progress.
The Footsteps of Thesiger team really feel that they following Thesiger’s tracks as they continue to follow the route that Thesiger took in his 1940′s expeditions. As they approach the margins of the Rub Al Khali, the Empty Quarter spreads out before them.
The caravan currently has guests riding with them and they are covering 40-45 kms a day – all is going well. The party rise at around 5am each day, make a simple breakfast around the fire and start riding around 6am. A break is taken in the middle of the day to avoid the heat and then the trek continues later in the afternoon. Supper is cooked together around the campfire and often we can hear them singing arabic songs and discussing the day. Everyone is asleep under the stars by 9pm.
The 13 stitches in Adrian’s head have been removed by Ghafan and the wound is healing well.
Wildlife: so far the team have seen some very large lizards some 0.5 m long and a few wild camel carcasses as well as antelopes (species to be identified).
The team are heading to Mugshin – another 2 days walk were they expect to rest for a day, before the big push across the empty quarter.