Follow the traveling Curcus ladies and gentleman
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
68Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
The place i stayed in last night is a Government run hotel.
I packed my gear this morning and went down to reception to check out. The man at reception said i must wait for the police, I asked why and he said for the convoy. So i went outside to wait.
I decided not to do a runner because there was 4 security guys outside, we had tea and talked rubbish for 30 minutes.
I could not believe my eyes when 2 police cars showed up with 7 police man. Each police man had a pistol and 5 had AK 47,s. I felt like the precedent, It was the full traveling CIRCUS.
The next vehicle was so stuffed the police man said we had to go very slow, so when a bus was in front of us i gave it heaps, passed the bus, the stuffed car and that was the last i saw of the escort. (the full traveling circus)
Capetown to Cairo, 17000 ks so it is a small milestone. Only another 5000 ks to go. The Syrian visa should only take 24 hours so tomorrow i will have a look at the pyramids of Giza, do a little shopping and chill out for the day.
I almost had a disaster today, the horn stopped working
I guess it is not to bad, a broken rear shock absorber and a wire in 17000 ks. Cant blame the bike for either of those. Maybe the rider.
When i was in Tanzania i talked about the roads being used for many things. I can add to the list here in Egypt, I was on the 2 lane motorway on the way into Cairo yesterday and the first lane was being used as a car wash. Trucks, buses, cars and me were traveling at 100 kph passed the car washers. They seemed oblivious to the obvious danger. No worries.
I went to see the pyramids today , they were very cool (check out the pictures). You really need to see them to believe it. Massive, tall and quite incredible. The Egyptian hagglers were even more full on then any where else so far, they were trying every trick in the book to extract money from your wallet "how are you my friend, where are you from, take a picture of me, free of charge (yea right)" they are all your best friend until they figure out there is no money coming there way
If you get all of the crazy things that have happened in Egypt (thats a lot) and put them all in a big bucket an then add some more. This is riding a motorbike in Cairo. You can,t laugh to hard or you crash. Picture this, a massive 4 lane ring road motorway, this is some of the stuff i saw today.
First lane completely blocked in places with people, taxi's and people selling stuff. Big punch up in second lane of motorway because 2 cars in a pileup.
Truck v Suzuki Alto, another punch up.
Donkey and cart full of produce going up the second lane of motorway, the wrong way.
Cars doing around 130 ks in outside lane weaving to miss the people running across the motorway.
What a complete circus
Then we get into the city.
Honestly, you really have to see it to believe it.
I went to the Syrian embassy to get my Visa ($100 USD later) It should be ready in the morning
Sorted the bike out, and chilled out for the afternoon. Should be in Dahab for new years eve.