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    • Day 19

      Tlemcen is not Terneuzen.

      February 12, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      For sure they have no locks, nor a canal or even a river with mighty ships on it.
      But it has stolen my heart by being a rough gem in a unpolished crown. Our host and her family made us feel part of their lives. And made being in Tlemcen as being at home.
      Today we started nice and slow. Nika got couscous cooking lessons, and i witnessed the warmth of a caring mother again.
      After our lunch, we went for a small walk in the neighbourhood and found a stray puppy. What a cutie to take home..
      As Fatima returned from college, we went to see the El Mechouar Palace.
      You could say, Alhambra in small.
      It was so good to be there and just enjoy it all in silence and tranquillity. No one to be seen. Just us. Not good for revenue but...
      We also got a guided tour in the traditionel wedding dress exhibition.
      Now it was time to hop in a taxi again to go and see the historic Mansourah Mosque.
      Also a place were you feel to be the explorar instead of the exploited.
      Taxi hopping is a common thing we go! Time for tea. And for me something sweet..;)
      Tea. Sunset, call for prayer and a good conversation. A gift.
      Darkness calls us home. Were we took a shower and got a last festive dinner.
      This family is so caring it is almost impossible to describe.
      As guests, we received a farewell gift. And all i could do was shed a tear, and give them our gift, a bag of "stroopwafels" the only Dutch thing, we could think of as we took of on this journey.
      Now. Our last night sleep, tomorrow step one into the direction of the Sahara.
      Maybe the main reason of this trip. And we only will stay there for a few days.
      But first things first.
      Tomorrow we are travellers again.
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    • Day 21

      Sometimes you have to decide..

      February 14, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Today we drove of from our hotel, were I spent the night with fever and had a long sleep.
      So today I did not want to drive too long, and needed a break. We were invited for the night at Omar in Beni Ounif. We're treated on a nice and tasty couscous and tea. It was a warm welcome.
      But sadly we pushed on. And maybe we disappointed Omar, but he was and will be not the only one. Sadly.
      We have choices to make. And sometimes, we can't keep all our promises. Too little time, and so much to see.
      I am sorry.
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    • Day 21

      Lieske has made us proud!

      February 14, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      We have arrived on the doorstep of the Sahara. And all this. Thanks to Lieske, wo never complained, and to be honest, hope she never will.
      Tonight we found a place were we intend to stay two days.
      It's a strange place. Fun part, we are in the middle of an settlement who is visted by tourist. We have found a place in the historic part of Taghit.
      Tomorrow, Walk the sand dunes, see the sunset and be the real tourists.
      All is been taken care of. Like they love to do. Plans are made for you.
      For now. We go with the flow and see were we got into.
      Taghit. Further south than this are we not going. We intended to, but as said so often,
      Too much too see....
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    • Day 23

      El Bnoud??!! .. No Good!!!!

      February 16, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      What should you do, if every local, every policeman and even gendarmerie and who ever more tells you NOT to go on the N6B to El Bnoud??
      You Go!
      Even with a small handicap on the car.
      We are Dutch explorers. Ain't we?!

      325km desert, no communication, no help, ..No nothing.
      And....We made it. Of course.
      As we arrived in the little desert town of El Bnoud, (look it up!), it did not last long before the police found us at the local "pitstop".

      "You are a very courages but foolish man. You took a great risk!"

      But it was worth it. Almost every kilometre.
      The desert changing, the road and landscape was breathtakening. The Dromedaris...
      We made one mistake, by leaving a elderly man on its own, who was hiking. But we decided in France, that Lieske has no space for an extra passenger. I, the driver, should had made a other decision. And hoped that karma would not hit us in the face.
      At the last 100km there was a change of driver, and suddenly also a change of road. Did I drive 250 km on a flat sheet, now it became almost a desert path with deep holes. This lasted for about 30 km, changed to better, and at last, good tarmac for the shaken old Lady again.

      We had to register at the policeoffice, got the private number of the chief in charge, and were ordered to park the car in front of the police headquarters.
      So tonight.. We are guarded as babies!
      Tomorrow, we sadly do not go to Ghardaïa, as planned, but go up into the direction Tissimsilt, to meet another waiting new friend.

      -Too much to see, too little time-
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    • Day 23

      How far is it?

      February 16, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Not so far.
      As we took of this morning from El Bnoud, our guardian Karim found us at the "pitstop" were we washed and used the toilets.
      He wished us u good journey, and as we left, we got filmed again. Getting used to that.
      Our plan is to get half the way up to Tissimsilt.
      The whole ride is to much for us.
      So I started slow, 70km/h, Lieske hummed like a summer bumblebee...
      We entered the village of El Abiodh Sidi Cheikh. No pavement. Only holes and lots of it. But a very busy town and quite big. Bought some bread.
      On our way on, I was looking for a place to stop and eat. And found a cemetery for the victims of the war of independence.
      That's our stop!
      Had a nice picnic, and checked out by the police again.
      The trees are coming back. So we are definitely going into the right direction, although I miss the Sahara.

      We stopped at El Bayadh. Had a strange, risky diner and sleep early.
      Sometimes it is just no more than that.
      Sleep well, my friends!
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    • Day 25

      Is this The End??

      February 18, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Was i proud on the old lady yesterday, as she was humming like a summer bumblebee.
      Today, as we took of she started to smoke horribly as the engine was stationary.
      We thought first it would be the bad fuel.
      But 100km up the next village I smelled coolant.
      No signs on the meters, so we just pushed on.
      Tested her stationary again, and yup. Smoking like a old sailor.
      I immediately thought about the headgasket.
      And I am for sure it is.
      We pushed another 200km and arrived at Billal, our host for now, and maybe a bit longer...
      Checked the engine. No coolant. Hot as a oven, and now temperature is rising.
      As it looks, the wind had it cooled for the ride.
      We are going to see how bad the damage is.
      But .. to be honest..

      This might be it....
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    • Day 25


      February 18, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Slight update.
      I removed the glowplugs of the engine on the parking.
      Cylinder no1 was full with water. Luckily it turns again. So the engine is not seized.
      Might have bend a connecting rod by trying to start it, but I hope not. We will see.
      Lieske got a bit hard handed transport, but we are in Afrika. Not in Zoetermeer.
      So a scratch and a dent makes her even more beautiful.
      At this time. We are safe at our great host, who will be put up with us a bit longer than expected. But the Algerian hospitality know no borders, so we are well taken care of.
      We do need a Headgasket, and I hope we can get it.
      And... opening her up makes me a bit worried. But we have to.
      In the worst case, she gets transported to Tunisia and see from there, or into a container back to The Netherlands.
      Keep you updated.
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    • Day 26

      Dirty fingers and letting go..

      February 19, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      It is very difficult for me, to let go.
      I had this car longer than the love of my live.
      And it was always a dream fixing her up. So now, as other people under these conditions are tearing out the intestine of my baby, it's hard so see. So again...I cry. .. I am really a softy.
      I have to let go, and trust the mechanic.

      It took us three hours to take the "head" of, and indeed we found a broken gasket.

      Now we are on the quest for the "Holy Gasket"

      But in my stomach it feels like we might be lucky.
      Help is everywhere,
      We even made it to the Tissimsilt Newspaper.
      So what can go wrong now?
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    • Day 26

      As the oil soaks into the earth..

      February 19, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      One of the main points for choosing Algeria as destination, is it's rich history of Roman sites. Tipaza, Kehmissa, Tiddis, Djemila, Timgad...
      But it is closer than expected.
      Next to Lieske a old Roman collum is lying in the oil spoiled earth and has seen a lot of strange thing passing by.
      As we expres our interest, our host takes us up in the hills, to see the old Roman graves and remains of a villa, nobody cares for.
      As we return from this soothing walk, we have coffee at his brother in law, who lives in the hills.
      And you can imagine,.
      We sit on a Roman stone, A piece used as doorstop, and just lies there..for centuries to come?..
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    • Day 27

      Algeria. Its a miracle.

      February 20, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      And wonders they preform in less than 2 days.
      Yesterday dismantled the cylinderhead.
      And all around Algeria people got involved to get us going.
      During the day we could get a headgasket from a newer model engine, a OM615. But we needed a OM621.
      Anything better than nothing, and so we went for what we could get, and do it the African style.
      During the night the gasket has been transported by taxi from Blida.
      It was a gift from Hamidouche, So you can imagine how grateful we are.
      Today, we took a look at the fit of the gasket, and we found no reason to not go on with it.
      So. ..
      Are you curious???
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