It seems logical to me, and that's how we play it.
Thanks again, Ed. You always steer me right with AEG rules. BTW, I volunteer my services to help proof-read rule-sets. Please, please, keep me and Betty in mind for this.
We've always played that the load can go negative, and it often does.
Edit: we added in a house rule that if the load gets to -50, the camel goes off into space and we start a new round.
Wow ! "-50" loads. Wow !! Camel flying into space !! I love it ! That's a keeper.