Into the Empty Quarter – Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron tackled the desert or the Arabian peninsula, foresaking camels for a home-made cart.
Into the Empty Quarter – The cart acted as the pair's lifeboat for the 45-day 1,000-mile adventure.
Into the Empty Quarter – The self-proclaimed 'micro-adventurers' from the UK were trying to retrace some of the steps taken by Wilfred Thesiger, who crossed the Empty Quarter in the the 1940s.
Into the Empty Quarter – "(The local people) might get around now in air-conditioned SUVs," says Humphreys, "but they haven't been removed from the desert long enough to think that going out into it and having a miserable time is a good idea."
Into the Empty Quarter – The duo did not have a visa for Saudi Arabia so their crossing went from Salalah in Oman to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Into the Empty Quarter – "I think (the trip) was a good demonstration that the main thing is to get out there and make stuff happen," says Humphreys.
Into the Empty Quarter – "The locals we met were quite possibly the kindest, friendliest and most welcoming people I've ever met in the whole world -- they were just unbelievably generous," says Humphreys
Into the Empty Quarter – Humphreys: "Only three generations might separate these people from the ones who accompanied Thesiger."
Into the Empty Quarter – The pair prepared for their trip by dragging the cart across the wet sands of the English seaside town of Margate.