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Old 11-03-2012, 03:36 PM   #16
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A great RR and abstract enough to make it special and just prove "it's two wheels good" no matter the challenge

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Old 11-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #17
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I gotta do this ride....are they doing it again??
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:01 AM   #18
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I gotta do this ride....are they doing it again??
I believe the plan is to run it again in 2013 - take a look at www.crossegyptchallenge.com or search for Cross Egypt Challenge on facebook and drop the organisers an email.

If it happens next year I will be applying for a place !
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:00 AM   #19
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Great thread and pictures of friendships You guys must be having a lot of fun
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:08 AM   #20
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Wednesday 17 October.

Farafra Oasis to Dakhla Oasis today.

Another early start meant we were all up around 5am.















One thing I noticed today was how open gun carrying is. Police and military are all armed but we saw a good few people with pistols stuffed into the belts or rifles slung over their shoulders - maybe 'plain clothes' officers ? Not sure. Perhaps our police escort was really necessary !





Quick breakfast and pretty much on the road on schedule. What was surprising over the course of the trip was the variety of food on offer at breakfast. Everything from cold meat, dates, fresh fruit, yoghurt, omelettes (cooked to order), boiled eggs, numerous choices of bread and rolls, cereals, cakes, fruit juices and coffee !

We left the hotel and found the road for the first quarter mile or so was like ice. Not sure exactly why but it looked like the area was used as a truck stop/maintenance area and the hard packed earth that made up the road had been soaked in oil and diesel to make it really slippery to ride on - little 150cc scooters should not be able to spin up the back wheel just by opening the throttle...............................

Once that was over the roads were pretty good and we made rapid progress. It seemed like the group was understanding how to work better together on the road and make fuel stops quicker and just generally keep up the pace to cover the miles.

















The road turned a bit nasty for the last 30km or so before we got to the hotel. First time we had hit a lot of dust and large loose rocks on the road. But we all got through apart from Ahmaad who dropped his bike - not badly hurt but enough to keep him off his scooter for the rest of the trip.











Running repairs for the police truck !







We reached to our hotel above the town of Al Qasr by early afternoon. We were staying at the Desert Lodge Hotel - built up above the town on a hilltop it has excellent views of the surrounding countryside and a bit of a cooling breeze. Hotel website is here http://www.desertlodge.net/index.html

We managed to drink the bar dry by 2 pm ! Only had 7 bottles of beer in stock !













Went down to the old town of Al Qasr and had a guided tour with the hotel manager. Very interesting - the old part of the town was lived in until quite recently - amazing to walk through the rabbit warren of walkways and gaps between the houses.

We also got an insight on the hotels policy towards ecology and the environment. Recycling is carried out wherever possible, locally grown organic food is eaten, water is filtered and drunk from re-used glass bottles (to cut down on the waste from plastic bottles) and even the schoolchidren are involved. They are encouraged to learn about tourism and how to treat tourists - being polite and not hassling them - and it seems to work. I had a good chat with some very polite and friendly kids, they must have been about 10 years old but their english was excellent. they were open and friendly and able to talk about themselves, their families, and their town. A real change to the way things were at, for example, the Pyramids where tourists seemed to be viewed as nothing more than a cash machine by the locals.

The schoolchildren also fulfil an important role in keeping the town clean - on the last Thursday of every month all the schoolchildren pick up litter around the town and learn how to respect their local environment - something kids in the UK could learn a lot from ..............



















Then spent an hour in the hotel's hot tub - a 30m wide circular pool the temperature of a warm bath - very relaxing. Followed by a relaxing evening sitting outside in cool evening air...............









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Old 11-04-2012, 02:37 PM   #21
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Thursday 18 October

Dakhla Oasis to Kharga Oasis today

Today was my birthday ! And the alarm call to get us all up was was brought forward an hour to 5am !! Just what I needed !

But I did manage to find a few minutes to open the birthday card my wife had sneaked into my luggage !



As usual the early start meant a stunning dawn and sunrise





























Today was not a long ride - about 230 km to Dakhla. Early start saw us leaving the town as the kids were making their way to school. It was great to see them looking smart and smiling -compare that to kids on the way to school in the uk. Last night we spoke to a couple of 10 year olds outside the old city. Very polite, good English and keen to interact with us. Cool !

As we left the hotel we passed by a large lake - a bit smelly but worth a photo opportunity







And the official shot that made it all worth while !



The scenery was different today. To most people desert scenery is desert scenery but it has been fascinating over the course of the trip to see just how many different types of 'desert' there are !

Flying the Jersey flag !



Short rest break











We arrived at the hotel in Kharga to be greeted by hotel staff and well wishers as we rode in the gates







We were also greeted by the local Governor as well - we were possibly becoming a bit blase about all the official greetings but this guy was responsible for the New Valley Governorate - an are of some 440,000 square km or 1/4 of Egypt - as shown in orange on the map below



All of a sudden we realised just how high profile and important our little ride was in Egypt !

The Governor talking with us





A birthday beer !



Whilst the bikes had been pretty reliable up till now, one decided it had done enough and wanted to go no further - looks like a valve gave way and tool out the piston/cylinder head.





No fancy workshop facilities here



That evening we went out for a ride in the local area to see some of the sights.

Started off by visiting what I think was a local youth group sandboarding on the dunes just outside the town - and of course some people had to join in and have a go









The we moved on to the tombs at Bagawat











And then we headed back through the town to go on to the next sight. But this is where it all started to go a little pear shaped. Perhaps we had all become a little to 'familiar' with Egyptian driving styles or perhaps we had become too used to the more laid back traffic of the quiet and pretty much traffic free areas we had been riding through for the previous four or five days and were just not ready to face heavy traffic again.

But Gunner from Denmark fell from his bike and suffered a bit of a nasty gash to his elbow. And then in all the confusion Mohammed was trying to direct traffic to help the group stay together and got knocked off his scooter by an impatient car driver - Mohammed put a (very) brave face on and finished the trip the next day - but later found he had broken a couple of bones in his foot and toes. My diary for the day simply describes it as 'carnage' !

So it put a bit of a dampener on the evening as we all headed back to the hotel. A bit of a shame as the Governor had organised for a local band and dance group to perform for us.





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Old 11-04-2012, 03:18 PM   #22
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Wow - What a ride if even on a scooter. Looks like you/all had a great time. Great Pics.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:05 PM   #23
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Nice photos !!!!!!! Nice lodging too !!!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:54 PM   #24
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pebble35,

Fantastic!!! I'm really glad Gadget Boy pinned your thread to the top. What an amazing experience!

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:46 AM   #25
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Looks like you captured a shooting star! Awesome Ride Report, thanks for sharing. It looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:50 PM   #26
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Friday 19 October

Kharga Oasis to Luxor

This was our last day of riding and was also the longest in terms of mileage. And just to keep us on our toes we had a closing ceremony at Karnak Temple in Luxor with the Governor of Luxor to get to !

So up at 4 am it was !





It might still have been pretty dark outside but the inside of the hotel reception was pretty impressive !







Sticking injured riders back together before we set off !



My diary for the day reads ‘ride fuel ride fuel ride fuel’ and that was pretty much how it was. We knew we were up against it time wise today and everyone needed to pull together to make sure we stayed on schedule.





We were now on more regularly used roads so, apart from one section where we had very dusty sections of gravel and sand the road surfaces were pretty good and we progressed well.







Desert Yoga ! Mona and Christine decided we needed to kept supple and fit !























We rode through the desert for much of the day but always seemed to be climbing and gaining altitude. Then the scenery changed as we came into an area with hills and rock formations on both sides of us.

We then found ourselves joining the main Cairo/Luxor/Aswan highway and the volume of traffic, particularly trucks, increased significantly.

We went over the top of a pass through the mountains and stopped for fuel as we started the final descent towards Luxor. The sight, sounds, and smells of overheating diesel engines struggling to pull heavily laden trucks up the pass was something else. Some were managing little more than walking pace as they crawled past, blasting us with hot exhaust gases.









As we dropped down towards Luxor there was a rapid, if not immediate, change in scenery as we headed back into the Nile valley. Everything turned green as irrigation and the abundant supply of water meant crops could be grown easily.

Egyptian traffic hazard !



We stopped as for a break as we crossed over the Nile – we could smell the finish line ………





Of course it was the last day and something had to go wrong ! Well in our case we managed to arrive a couple of hours earlier in Luxor than we expected to !

We stopped in the town and spent a bit of time with the locals whilst we considered what to do next







As we still had spare time we decided to head to the hotel and check in, dump our luggage in our rooms, freshen up, and then head into the city for the closing ceremony at Karnak Temple.





As we arrived at the temple we were greeted by an array of flags, Egyptian dancers and the obligatory Red Bull paraphernalia ! We rode off the street and down in front of the main entrance to Karnak Temple, before parking up in a line in front of the temple.

We had made it !







We were greeted by the Governor of Luxor who took the time to exchange a few words with all the participants – except when he got to me we spoke for a few minutes and photos of me and him chatting ended up being widely circulated on Egyptian news websites !











Formalities over we had a short guided tour of Karnak Temple. A truly amazing place where basically it seemed that each succeeding dynasty of Pharaohs wanted to outdo their predecessors by building bigger and more elaborate temples !

















Then it was time for the last big shot for the film that was being made of the trip. The idea was that the photographers would film be sitting in front of us as we all rode slowly in line away from the temple entrance and past them. But it rapidly turned into a flat out race across the large sandstone paved area as we headed back to the road, leaving the photographers spluttering in a cloud of dust behind us !



Photo courtesy of Cross Egypt Challenge

After that burst of exuberance it was back to the hotel where we parked the bike up for the last time and said our farewells to the machines that had carried us across Egypt – they were to be loaded into trucks later that night and shipped back to Alexandria where they were to be sold.







That night we were staying at the Hotel Maritim Jolie Ville - located on it’s own private island on the Nile this was a great place for us to wind down, relax, and reflect on our experiences and take in just what we had achieved over the past 8 days.

And the hotel manager is a biker who spends time each summer riding around Europe on classic motorbikes ! I would recommend the hotel - great location, comfortable and good food - see Jolie Ville Kings Island Luxor

The next morning saw most of the group on the plane back to Alexandria and then onwards back to our homes.



It was over …………………………until next year !
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:50 PM   #27
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Thanks - never spotted the star !
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #28
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What a totally different and awesome adventure, and if I'm not mistaken, the cost posted on their website is $1600 for scooter, hotels and all transportation and entry fees... And as things go in Egypt, tips to everyone for everything.. still a bargain and guaranteed sunny days day after day.. Thanks for sharing your adventure
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Certainly different! enjoyed that
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:28 PM   #30
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What a totally different and awesome adventure, and if I'm not mistaken, the cost posted on their website is $1600 for scooter, hotels and all transportation and entry fees... And as things go in Egypt, tips to everyone for everything.. still a bargain and guaranteed sunny days day after day.. Thanks for sharing your adventure
When I applied to do the trip I thought the $1,600 (just over £1,000) cost was reasonable. Bear in mind this included he use of the bike, fuel, support vehicles, mechanical backup, insurance, return flight from Luxor to Cairo, all meals and hotels. Only costs on top were flights (about £450 for me including internal flights in the UK) and two extra nights accommodation in Egypt (£125). I took some egyptian cash with me but only spent about £50 over the whole trip !

Away from the traditional tourist traps tipping might have been expected but it was never demanded ! Small tips seemed with appreciation whereas in the traditional tourist spots the tips never seemed to be big enough and whatever you gave always seemed to get a response of 'more !' But as I was leaving Egypt I bought a coffee in Starbucks at Cairo airport - I had a pocket full of Egyptian change and gave it to the guy that served me as a tip but he (very politely) declined it as he was not allowed to accept tips !

Bearing in mind the standard of hotels I reckon it was superb value and a great way of seeing the country. Maybe not a true 'adventure' in the normal sense of the word but it involved travel on two wheels and was great fun
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