Good point Steel good thing we are not is Sask hey, wow 1 million dollars for 1 mile ouch.

Also when I was in the Mekelle area I did not see any sand at all so we should be fine. I found a picture of the surrounding area to show you.

http://ethiopianadventures.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/view-between-mekelle-and-abi-adi.jpg?w=640