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Flag of Egypt  , Al Qāhirah,
Friday, December 25, 2009

 Asyut to Cairo

360 ks

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.
We traveled 100 ks and got to a check point, the armed escort disappeared and i had to wait for another one. I was going to do a runner but there was 15 police around so i waited. Next an old L 300 Ute showed up so we done another 30 ks and pulled over, we had to wait 4 another escort.
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.


All good


Cheers miles 





26/12/09

Cairo

0 ks

I almost had a disaster today, the horn stopped working. This is an essential piece of equipment in Cairo. A broken wire and all is fixed.

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. Then they disappear.

All good

Cheers Miles. 




27/12/09


Cairo


118 ks


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. A dutch guy gave me the GPS coordinates. Thankfully otherwise it would be like finding a needle in a haystack.


Sorted the bike out, and chilled out for the afternoon. Should be in Dahab for new years eve.


All Good


Cheers Miles
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Comments

Stu Mac on

wow what a unbelivable trip milo

miles1
miles1 on

cheers Stu.

Some of this stuff would get me locked up in the western world but here in Africa it is so out of control at times, crazey stuff happens by the minute. "when in rome do as the romens"

Merry christmas, Cheers Miles

Hayden on

Wicked Milo, look forward to Dahab you can relax and go snorkling for a few days very nice. Take care

miles1
miles1 on

Cheers Hayden, Should be there for new years eve, go and do some work

Cheers Miles

Andrew on

Go Miles all sounds very good. Show them your drivers licence in dahab and it will be good enough to go for a dive. well worth it.Cheers frog..

honga bonga on

greetings from Khartoum
my dear mozongu how are you ,in Khartoum right now
imagine i made the damn road in north Kenya with broken front susspension and broken bearings in the stearings and the front tyre ,what the f---- is that
had 4 falls last one was damn hard hehehe,i couldnt control the bike ,it was drunk ,lol
now in Khartoum have no money and credit cards dosnt work here and you cant even transfere money ,but met some good guys looking after me as i have money for one meal a day and petrol
will take the ferry next week ,glad that i know how much it cost so i got it
go to dahab stay in Auski ask for yasser or shoshou, they ere my best friends

and dont miss to pass by saint cathrine,you will love it
cheers honga bonga man

Kev on

Are heading off for a while now, excellent stories sounds like nothing much has changed from the 80's when I was there, have a good new year and keep the stories coming, Regards Kev

Matt B on

Yo Milo, trust your xmas was good......rock on into a safe & fun new year.....you will enjoy Dahab,,,,,,,slow down some more.......go to the blue hole for a snorkel and get them to show you where you can dive with the conga eels !!?? Enjoy it man....................great travel stories......I can see a book coming out of this trip of yours. Happy New Year ..............M & T

miles1
miles1 on

Omar, will go down ans see your mates. Do they drink loads of beer?. Am in Dahab at the moment. so will try and go diving tomorrow. I have my fishing lisence, that should do aye.
Dam northern kenya road almost stuffed my bike as well. no pubs either.
Pitty we did not catch up. oh well all good

happy new years

Cheers Miles

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