A late email last night contained welcome data showing UV’s route through the Sahara desert. Here is Sunday’s travel with the overall route inset.
As you can see UV is parallel to the coast and will be able to see the Atlantic Ocean when at his higher altitudes – provided there is no haze.
UV has travelled 1226 km since leaving the Langue de Barbarie on 13 April. He has increased his daily distance covered – 388 km on Saturday and 427 km yesterday. These figures are calculated from the track, not a straight line between the two points. UV’s thermalling is visible as ‘notches’ in the image above. This graphic shows what you would see if standing on the ground watching UV soar.
UV is roosting on the desert floor. His view would be similar to this.
But the Atlas mountains lie ahead for UV later this week.
Paul has checked the weather data: “The weather outlook for UV remains favourable. Winds light to moderate, southerly, 20-30 kph decreasing. If he can get round the end of the Atlas range by Friday, that will be encouraging.”