Cycling in the middle of the desert!

Cycling in the middle of the desert!

Another one in my to-do list before leaving UAE.. Though Abu Dhabi or Dubai (or the other emirates) are in the middle of the desert, we as citizens feel it (cause it is hot!!) but we don’t see it that much.. I don’t want to count the one between Abu Dhabi and Dubai highway (Seth Zayed road) I mean the dunes, just a couple of trees here and there, the silence or the wind’s voice all around..

Muhammed came up with this idea: to cycle at Al Quadra. At first I was shocked: 80 km track for cycling ?? Of course we didn’t aim to do all but a shorter(!) path: 46kms. We planned to start an hour before the Iftar (I can hear the comments that we were crazy 🙂 ) so that it won’t be too hot. We took dates, water with some minerals, nuts and bars and we were ready to go..

It started very good, then after Iftar, we started to be slower and slower.. and it was all dark when we reached. it was a story that I won’t go in to the details here.. Because I do want to talk about the desert.. The dunes, the fine sand that goes through your hands, the shape of the sand because of the wind and the infinity feeling like you’re in the ocean, the calmness.. I didn’t really feel that we were half an hour away from the city..

Strava link: https://strava.app.link/uxYx97W0S1

I came here again in late September! Before my move to Ireland. Because I really enjoyed to be with myself in that silence.. But this time I couldn’t complete the track because it was so windy and I didn’t want to fight the desert and accepted its power. You can hear the wind and see the sand going over the cycle path in the videos.. I had to return back after some point, still I was able to complete almost 30 kms (not bad) and I had good shots 🙂

Strava link: https://strava.app.link/LNtaTtU0S1

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