On Her Bike: Hello Egypt!

Egypt is one of the toughest border crossings in the world they say, and from my experience I agree, it was the most difficult border

On Her Bike: Hello Egypt!1
On Her Bike: Hello Egypt!2
On Her Bike: Hello Egypt!3

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The bureaucracy is so frustrating and it is really hard to get your head around all the procedures – all the officers to see, all the paperwork to fill out and all the fees to pay, even now I'm not sure what really happened on that border. But 10 hours later…I was in! Although 10 hours seemed to be a long time to spend at the border, the fact is this was the best-case scenario. Some of the travellers I know had to leave their bikes for 3 to 14 days at the border before they got all their paperwork right. Dahab After a couple of weeks off and a little holiday with visiting family and friends I was ready for the next challenge: crossing the Sinai. At that time, I wasn't really sure if it was possible to cross the Sinai to the Suez Tunnel to get to the mainland. For many years in this area it was prohibited for tourists to travel with their own vehicles. Another procedure I wasn't aware of was the police escort. For about 450 km, from one police checkpoint to the next I was escorted by police cars, they were just handing me over every 50 km. I'm not sure if this procedure applies to all travellers or just solo travellers but it was quite an entertaining day. All the police men were very friendly and they provided great company for the whole trip. And at the end of the day when I finally was escorted through the Suez Tunnel, I felt so relieved. I’d made it to Africa. FINALLY, IN CAIRO! I’ve been to busy cities with regards to traffic. But Cairo jumped right to the top of the list. It’s bad!!! And unfortunately the pyramids are right in the middle of the city so - if you want to see them - you’ll have to put up with the traffic. Once in front of the long awaited for pyramids I had to confess that I had thought they were a little bit… bigger. No disappointments though, they’re still impressive and it’s mind-blowing how they were able to build them 5000 years ago! Further south, I stopped at the old village of El Qasr. It’s said to be the oldest, continuously inhabited and the best-preserved settlement of its type in Dakhla. It was really worth seeing. The village is like a labyrinth, you can’t even ride your motorbike there because the streets are too narrow! My last stop in Egypt was Asfhan, a very famous cruise along the Nile. You can do it in a proper ferry or you can do it on a felucca, a kind of sailing boat. I had to go with the felucca, of course! I only went on it for a day trip just for the experience... and I must say it was a very peaceful cruise. There was no wind that day so we were moving really slowly but it was definitely worth it. TIME TO SAY GOODBYE! My extended visa finally ended and I had to rush to leave the country. But seriously two months wasn't nearly enough to see everything I’d wanted to see. There’s so much history and so many incredible landscapes, the deserts are stunning and the coast is magic, there’s lots of ancient attractions and so many great modern ones. Regardless of the difficulties at the border Egypt turned out to be simply amazing.

The bureaucracy is so frustrating and it is really hard to get your head around all the procedures – all the officers to see, all the paperwork to fill out and all the fees to pay, even now I'm not sure what really happened on that border. But 10 hours later…I was in! Although 10 hours seemed to be a long time to spend at the border, the fact is this was the best-case scenario. Some of the travellers I know had to leave their bikes for 3 to 14 days at the border before they got all their paperwork right. Dahab After a couple of weeks off and a little holiday with visiting family and friends I was ready for the next challenge: crossing the Sinai. At that time, I wasn't really sure if it was possible to cross the Sinai to the Suez Tunnel to get to the mainland. For many years in this area it was prohibited for tourists to travel with their own vehicles. Another procedure I wasn't aware of was the police escort. For about 450 km, from one police checkpoint to the next I was escorted by police cars, they were just handing me over every 50 km. I'm not sure if this procedure applies to all travellers or just solo travellers but it was quite an entertaining day. All the police men were very friendly and they provided great company for the whole trip. And at the end of the day when I finally was escorted through the Suez Tunnel, I felt so relieved. I’d made it to Africa. FINALLY, IN CAIRO! I’ve been to busy cities with regards to traffic. But Cairo jumped right to the top of the list. It’s bad!!! And unfortunately the pyramids are right in the middle of the city so - if you want to see them - you’ll have to put up with the traffic. Once in front of the long awaited for pyramids I had to confess that I had thought they were a little bit… bigger. No disappointments though, they’re still impressive and it’s mind-blowing how they were able to build them 5000 years ago! Further south, I stopped at the old village of El Qasr. It’s said to be the oldest, continuously inhabited and the best-preserved settlement of its type in Dakhla. It was really worth seeing. The village is like a labyrinth, you can’t even ride your motorbike there because the streets are too narrow! My last stop in Egypt was Asfhan, a very famous cruise along the Nile. You can do it in a proper ferry or you can do it on a felucca, a kind of sailing boat. I had to go with the felucca, of course! I only went on it for a day trip just for the experience... and I must say it was a very peaceful cruise. There was no wind that day so we were moving really slowly but it was definitely worth it. TIME TO SAY GOODBYE! My extended visa finally ended and I had to rush to leave the country. But seriously two months wasn't nearly enough to see everything I’d wanted to see. There’s so much history and so many incredible landscapes, the deserts are stunning and the coast is magic, there’s lots of ancient attractions and so many great modern ones. Regardless of the difficulties at the border Egypt turned out to be simply amazing.

The bureaucracy is so frustrating and it is really hard to get your head around all the procedures – all the officers to see, all the paperwork to fill out and all the fees to pay, even now I'm not sure what really happened on that border. But 10 hours later…I was in! Although 10 hours seemed to be a long time to spend at the border, the fact is this was the best-case scenario. Some of the travellers I know had to leave their bikes for 3 to 14 days at the border before they got all their paperwork right. Dahab After a couple of weeks off and a little holiday with visiting family and friends I was ready for the next challenge: crossing the Sinai. At that time, I wasn't really sure if it was possible to cross the Sinai to the Suez Tunnel to get to the mainland. For many years in this area it was prohibited for tourists to travel with their own vehicles. Another procedure I wasn't aware of was the police escort. For about 450 km, from one police checkpoint to the next I was escorted by police cars, they were just handing me over every 50 km. I'm not sure if this procedure applies to all travellers or just solo travellers but it was quite an entertaining day. All the police men were very friendly and they provided great company for the whole trip. And at the end of the day when I finally was escorted through the Suez Tunnel, I felt so relieved. I’d made it to Africa. FINALLY, IN CAIRO! I’ve been to busy cities with regards to traffic. But Cairo jumped right to the top of the list. It’s bad!!! And unfortunately the pyramids are right in the middle of the city so - if you want to see them - you’ll have to put up with the traffic. Once in front of the long awaited for pyramids I had to confess that I had thought they were a little bit… bigger. No disappointments though, they’re still impressive and it’s mind-blowing how they were able to build them 5000 years ago! Further south, I stopped at the old village of El Qasr. It’s said to be the oldest, continuously inhabited and the best-preserved settlement of its type in Dakhla. It was really worth seeing. The village is like a labyrinth, you can’t even ride your motorbike there because the streets are too narrow! My last stop in Egypt was Asfhan, a very famous cruise along the Nile. You can do it in a proper ferry or you can do it on a felucca, a kind of sailing boat. I had to go with the felucca, of course! I only went on it for a day trip just for the experience... and I must say it was a very peaceful cruise. There was no wind that day so we were moving really slowly but it was definitely worth it. TIME TO SAY GOODBYE! My extended visa finally ended and I had to rush to leave the country. But seriously two months wasn't nearly enough to see everything I’d wanted to see. There’s so much history and so many incredible landscapes, the deserts are stunning and the coast is magic, there’s lots of ancient attractions and so many great modern ones. Regardless of the difficulties at the border Egypt turned out to be simply amazing.

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Anonymous· Tue Feb 18 2020

Sounds like that was a nice trip

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