The aftermath of the rainy night was a steady tailwind. Finally, the wind was in our favour again, instead of the everlasting sidewind from last days. Camels were grazing alongside the road, casually strolling and plucking what little bushes they could find in the scorched earth on both sides of the highway. Anton and Oli went to say hello while Yuri and Stef, without much effort rocketed down the road at a steady pace of 35 km/h, thanks to the favourable conditions of today. Then the wind picked up, and we felt the first drops of a nearing raincloud. At our right side we saw a downpour in the distance, and behind that everything was dark. "Look at that sand picked up by the wind there!" shouted Stef to Yuri, as the wind played with the desert sand, making a brown veil in the distance. "You think we can stay ahead of it?" his friend asked. Now racing at 45 km/h they tried as hard as they could, but instead of following a parallel path, the storm came closer and closer. Worried about Anton and Oli, the duo raced on as tumbleweeds as big as cars started to roll past and random trash flew in our spokes. Then it happened. It wasn't really a sandstorm but more like a sand tornado, and Yuri and Stef were caught in the middle of it. It cut their faces and blurred their vision, and blew them forth at a a staggering speed. Thrilling, frightening and painful are the three adjectives that remained in our minds after going through this. Also, the sand was only phase one. In a second phase, Mother Nature followed up with hail and rain, and we are quite sure she was actually torturing us for thinking that summer was here already. Yuri and Stef found shelter in the first farm, where they almost bumped into the welcoming farmer who heard their cry for help. Only seconds later, Oli and Anton bumped in the door, completely soaked by the passing storm. They were a little less lucky, and got a serious shower in phase two. Natures marvels are terrible and at the same time wonderous things to experience and we were all high on adrenaline by this time. While we were in the eye of the storm, we saw blue skies and the sun shining not far ahead of us. We thanked the friendly chicken farmer for the delicious tea and rode on. The heavy rain coloured the red mountains even darker red, and thanked nature for the good wet start of the spring in the desert. We found our own private forest and made a fire to relax and cool down after this thorough test for our nerves. It was super effective.