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All’s well that ends well!

All’s well that ends well!

“Traffic police take 100 pounds.” Mazar and I have lunch on a terrace in Aswan with a view of the Nile. There must be tables for at least fifty people, but we are the only guests. The tourist industry in Egypt has completely disintegrated and independent travellers...
Egypt to Eilat

Egypt to Eilat

It was time to  move on again , the streets of Dahab even more disserted  than usual , the morning air cool , the sun still hiding behind some of the buildings , I packed the last few smalls onto Victoria . We rode out and into the Sinai , with the mountains on both...
A Lindikhaya Clandestine

A Lindikhaya Clandestine

        So this was it, the end of the road for me. It had begun on the Nile in dusty Khartoum and finished here in a small corner of chaotic Addis Ababa in a gracious home with a sheltered jasmine scented garden alive with honey birds that once had...
Dahab

Dahab

The ride up to Dahab was one of my more relaxed times on the scooter , we had a short distance to ride and time on our side a rare  combination on this trip ,  so it was all about soaking up the Sinai with her open display of natural beauty . I rode watching and...
Out of Africa or not ?

Out of Africa or not ?

The ride started early and within no time I was riding through the town of Suez in search of the tunnel that would take me across to the Sinai , and to the road that would lead to Sharm El Sheikh. I felt that I  needed to get 440 kilometres done to reach our...
One night , two days to the Suez

One night , two days to the Suez

The sun gave me the light to leave and at dawn Victoria and I set our sights on Ain Soukhna a mere 330 kilometres away and this would put us close enough to the Suez canal crossing to make it onto the peninsula and down to the Red sea diving Mecca of Sharm El...
The Red sea and resort life

The Red sea and resort life

Getting out of Luxor took longer than I expected , the reason being road works and to many one ways , confusing for both the GPS and  in turn me . Finally we popped out beyond the city limits  and the desert opened her arms to welcome us to the open road .  I was...
Google Earth

Google Earth

My wake up call sounded spot on at 4h40 my pick up to be 5h10 and off I set in the morning darkness to see Luxor by flight . The moon full my fifth on the trip I think ,  I have lost count but I do recall the first in  Namibia , so I just knew I was in for a treat ....
Luxurious Luxor

Luxurious Luxor

After a good nights rest , I woke to a picture perfect morning , indulged with the array of vanities at my disposal and then down to breakfast to complete the  extravagance with pastries , fresh coffee , a fluffy omelette and the chilled fresh fruits , mmmhhh.  What a...
Town of tourist ghosts

Town of tourist ghosts

I booked into the Philae hotel in Aswan , the staff a total delight from the outset , I could not get into hot shower fast enough , scrub , rinse , scrub , rinse , I was turning pink from applying so much pressure , but damn it felt good , then I brushed my teeth for...
Alexandria

Alexandria

  They say the English invented bureaucracy, and Egyptians perfected it. Luckily, the latter are also extremely helpful, as the meander of government buildings and bureaus, translators and happy stampings are as complex as their ancient hieroglyphics… Thank Allah...
The dreamliner

The dreamliner

I woke up early with both excitement and anticipation for the crossing into Egypt , I was to meet Mazaar later in the morning to hopefully load Victoria and I on the same ferry  , as well  as process all the paperwork . So I went down to the restaurant to have my...

Last days in Africa

We left Alexandria at 8:15 on Monday morning. Traffic was still a bit sleepy at that time of the day – good for us. Still took us a long time to worm our way out of this giant city, and when we finally hit the road through the Nile delta we took a deep breath....

YallaYalla, get going!

We had some troubles leaving Aswan as early as planned, as the gas station Abdullah had told us to go to had ran out of petrol. We found another one, closer to the city, but it took us some while to leave town and hit the road to Luxor. The road up the Nile is fairly...

Along the Nile, from Nubia to Egypt

Leaving Karima at dawn, we headed for Dongola, about 400km short of Wadi Halfa – where we would then ship our bikes across Lake Nasser to Egypt. We had originally planned to take the long route from Karima to Dongola, which follows the course of the Nile and describes...

Plans of mice and men

After arriving in Nairobi on Sunday we got ourselves organised for going out to get our visas, getting the papers together, etc, the next day. However we received some concerning information that caused us to change the order of our plans. On Tuesday we went to our...
Preparation And Shakedown

Preparation And Shakedown

Thank you so much to UBITRAC for the amazing mobile tracker device they have provided us for you lovely lot to be able to follow our day to day progress as we drive firstly from Scotland to Dorset, and then from Cairo to Cape Town! With just an app on our phone and...