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This may not look like anything special, but to me this was a decisive moment, one of the few times I got out of bed at sunrise to start taking pictures.

I was in fact more than happy to get up, because I had experienced the coldest and most uncomfortable night of my life. I had left the city of Tamanrasset at the foot of the Hoggar mountains in southern Algeria the day before and we kept on driving until after midnight. When we finally stopped here in the darkness I couldn't make myself a comfortable bed on top of the truck, mainly carrying sacks of dates. It was bitterly cold, probably close to zero, and I was freezing horribly in spite of being fully dressed in my sleeping-bag.

It was a great relief when dawn finally arrived so I could get up. Of course, one hour later I was sweating from the heat.

The next night was not so bad. We stopped quite early in the evening in the no man's land between the Algerian and Nigerien border-posts. It was not quite as cold and I had time to prepare my bed better. The third night pas perfectly all right. We stopped somewhere in northern Niger where there was vegetation and fairly warm even at night.

The Map: view will give you an approximate idea of the location. Please note that the Trans Saharan Highway shown on the map did not exist 35 years ago, and I believe that in some parts of the desert it still exists only theoretically.

I have scanned this from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9903 W: 518 N: 19138] (84507)
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