Joanne Lane is a brave woman; snapping shots of Mauritania's Iron Ore Express
as people jump off and on. Getting lost in the scramble of things she gets pushed up on the train by a husband helping his wife board and ends up sharing snacks with the lady and her child. Passengers ride for free on the Iron Ore Express, but they share limited space with iron ore. Moving at 31 mph the train gathers sand as it chugs along making way to the Sahara on the 419 mile single track railway line. She says it's one of the longest trains in the world and I believe her - 1.5 miles long. The ride is far from luxury, considerably rough and off-the-beaten path for many a traveler. I tried putting myself in her shoes, wandering how I would do in such conditions - in the shuffle.
If Mauritania is on your radar and you don't mind a little sand it's worth it to look at her report featured in the latest Go World Travel
. Even if the African country is far from your radar I suggest giving it a glance. Just do it and take a virtual ride, man.
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