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... and even then he got very sick.

It was asked before here levelo, possibly even by that NL guy, so your recent posts and the old thread merged to keep it all together.

Route description here.

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Thanks Chris, that is very helpful! The link is informative and it answers several of my questions.
- The main piste looks too sandy for bicycles but the space between the tracks might be ridable. Back in 1995 in Northern Sudan I followed the railway tracks between Port Sudan and Atbara in the Nile Valley. Not easy, but the only way through.
-There is water along the way in at least 4 places. I can probably carry 2/3 days worth of water (15 to 20 litres).
My other concerns are safety along the way (one is way more vulnerable in the saddle than behind the wheel) and the Mauritanian authorities who could object to my wandering off the main tarmac road...
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Chris, I am now cycling down Morocco and will be in Mauri in November. I am still considering riding along the railway tracks. All the info you had given me/us about that piste (mileage, distances between settlements, water...à seems to have disappeared. Could you post it once more please ? Thanks.
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I'm not sure what's disappeared, Levelo but may be others can add recent info.

There is this old R/D: http://www.sahara-overland.com/count...a-Route-R2.jpg

And this map: Railway Piste - Route R2 to Atar, Mauritania - Google Maps

As the guy said earlier: "Riding [in between] the rail road tracks wouldn't be much easier on a bicycle. It's fist-sized rocks [covering the sleepers]"

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Thanks Chris, this is what I wanted. Not decided yet whether I am going to go that way or whether the Mauri authorities would let me go but I just wanted to have the info handy just in case.
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