Dag 70 Abu Simbel na Aswan Egipte

Die Egiptiese Polisie vat nie nonsens nie. Ons moet in ‘n konvooi ry na Aswan, 275 km. Ons probeer nog wegglip maar die Offisier duld nou nie sulke gedrag nie en sit ons gou op ons plek. Dan vertrek ons in een dolle gejaag deur die woestyn. Dis 42 grade, ‘n sandstorm woed, sig is swak, net sand, maar ons moet jaag om by te bly, partykeer ry ons sommer so twee twee langs mekaar, dis net flikkerligte en hulle ry soos ons die Argus ry, wissel mekaar af. Diesel kos R2,88 per liter.

Aswan is ‘n mooi en interessante plek. Ons gaan teen sononder op ‘n Felucca, die ou tradisionele seilbootjies, vaart op die Nyl. Ons stap die aand deur die straatwinkeltjies en sien hoe die Egiptenare lewe.

Ons is in Egipte, die 10de en finale land op ons toer, ons is bly, maar ons voel soos ‘n atleet wat om die draai by die pylvak kom met nog net die laaste 100m oor, jy weet jy kan wen, die adrenalien pomp, maar nou moet ons fokus, Kairo is nog 800 km .

The Egyptian Police takes no nonsense: we have to drive in a convoy to Aswan, 275 km away. We try to slip out of the convoy, but the officer will have nothing of it and quickly puts us in our place.

Then we set off on this mad chase through the desert. It is 42 outside, there is a sand storm howling, visibility is almost nonexistent, but we are in this convoy and we have to make sure that we keep up. Sometimes two of the vehicles drive side-by-side: indicators flashing and driving like we do in the Argus ? in a type of relay race.

The price of diesel is R2,88 per liter.

Aswan is pretty and interesting place. At sunset we sail on the Nile on a felucca, the old traditional sail boats. That evening we stroll through the small shops next to the streets and experience the Egyptian way of life.

We are in Egypt, the 10th and last country on our tour. We are pleased, but you feel like an athlete about to come around the final bend of the track with only 100m before the end of the race. You know you can win, it is an adrenalin rush, but we still need to focus on Cairo – 800 km away.

 


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