After settiling in to our desert oasis, we went for a ride. Many extremely strange things happened today. That’s why I like traveling so much! My favorite thing about riding is when I get lost… and when I fly into a new place like Doha, Qatar, I feel lost all the time – even though I’m not really because I have my Garmin.
Its just been one great adventure already. Just five minutes after leaving the hotel parking lot, I sensed something was looking at me. I turned to my left and there, sticking its head out of an SUV like a dog, was a full-grown cheetah. I was so excited because a cheetah is my favorite animal and here it was, just inches from my face. I was so bummed I didn’t have my camera.
We rode on and into the desert. Everything looked exactly the same and we couldn’t see more than 2 kilometers down the road because of the sand and dust in the air. I just read in the newspaper this morning that yesterday there were over 120 car accidents because of the dust storm. Can you imagine being on your bike in a dust storm? That would be nuts…
We rolled on and on down the pancake flat terrain and in the middle of the desert, it started to rain. In minutes we were caked in sand. It was as if we had all jumped into the ocean and then decided to roll around on the dry sand afterwards. At first, I was a bit angry to come to such a warm place and then have to ride in the rain, but then I became happy for the people that live here, because water shortage is a huge problem in the middle east.
We kept riding and then came across a guy riding a road bike too. As it turned out, this guy is a P.E. teacher from California. He’s here teaching in the Doha middle school. What a small world this is.
All in all, we did two hard efforts during the ride and did a total of three hours. After riding the TTT circuit that we will be racing 8 kilometers on tomorrow, we headed back to the hotel for a shower and some lunch.
The food here is good. It’s lots of fluffy jasmine rice, hummus, chicken and lamb.
Tomorrow will be a great day for us. More to come.