National Geographic : 1967 Nov
National Geographic, November, 1967 bandages but ready to sail on as soon as his yacht is repaired. At the first camp past Zouirat, I change the route. As we are behind schedule, the yachts will take a short cut across the corner of Spanish Sahara, and thus we will avoid the great Azefal Dunes. However, not even Zoum Zoum is familiar with the Spanish desert. The machines there fore stick frequently in unexpected sand and make many detours around impressive sudden peaks of crystalline rock. But when we again reach Mauritanian soil (map, page 700), civilization comes to meet us in the form of a tiny railroad engine on which perches a small man with a large grin. He plays the "Marseillaise" on an accordion, and he brings new tires for the yachts. His engine rides the line of the railroad that carries Zouirat's iron ore to the Atlantic Ocean. Although his accordion wheezes from the effects of many sandstorms, he is a wel come visitor. In addition to tires and smiles, he has brought a welding outfit with which the pilots set to work repairing the B. B.'s, most of which have broken chassis tubing. On a sudsy verge 'twixt sand and sea, Californian Warren Ziebarth zips down the home stretch.