Between the borders of Mali and Burkina Faso

The landscape was mostly bare sand and scrub, with the occasional trees

Small herds of cattle and a group of ladies .....

..... doing their clothes washing

A few tiny settlements could be seen, mostly at a great distance from the road

Heaving on a long iron bar was necessary to deal with the wheel nuts before being able to replace the punctured tyre .. as darkness was beginning to fall.

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