In the first 150 metres, the eight-kilometre course is firm, but what follows is a blind drop
between two football pitches on to mud - a recipe for turned ankles.
I lost a little time, maybe 5 minutes minimum, but we pushed a lot and found the steeper dunes more difficult 50km from the end." Al Qassimi completed the stage to say: "It was a tough day with some sections having many dunes with blind drops
. One caught us and we almost rolled.
(This same practice was repeated with blind drops
of agents into North Vietnam in the 1960s.) What was the interplay between South Korean and U.S.