Back To Sudan — almost. The Massive Temple of Abu Simbel.

Egypt is the land of Pharaohs. Home to some of the oldest and most well preserved archaeological sites in the world. And it’s no wonder. Wit the massive Sahara desert to the west and the Red Sea to the east, Mediterranean to the north, it was very in accessible in ancient times. So while the […]

Problems Plague Escape Plan From High Dam in Aswan, Egypt

I ask my taxi driver to pick me up early the first morning the insurance office is open and I can get to it. Armed with my letter from customs, some paperwork from the traffic police and my scratch-off image of Doc’s chassis number I’m the second person in line at the insurance office. Behind […]

Temples & Dams: Coexisting Peacefully. Sort of.

Both the Philae Temple and the Temple at Abu Simbel were due to be submerged under the waters of Lake Nassar in the late 60’s. A huge international rescue effort saw that it and several other historical points were meticulously moved to small islands on the Nile River before the High Dam. Not only because […]

Aswan Egypt. Shower & Rest.

So I successfully crossed the Nubian Desert and sailed Lake Nassar to arrive in the Nubian lands of Egypt and Aswan. First order of business is to get cleaned up. Thankfully with the Nile in close proximity I didn’t feel guilty about taking one of the longest showers in my life. Then I tried to […]

When Your Ship Has Come And You Can’t Get Off – Welcome To Egypt

Another night with no sleep. My roommate slept soundly but I was sweating in my sleeping bag and only tucked my body in there because I just didn’t like what was crawling around the place. I eventually gave up and just lied on the thing until I heard screaming children. I got up to do […]

Casey Jones. Riding The Train of Dreams in Sudan.

After a peaceful yet sandy night sleeping in the shadows of two thousand year old pyramids in the Nubian desert, I had to make some hard decisions. I’ve got three days now to get to Wadi Halfa. And I need to do that without any hiccups. Given that my bike has a tendency to overheat […]

Sudan: When It Comes To Desert I Think of Sand.

Once you cross the Nile River and head north out of Khartoum things turn desolate. Come to think of it riding into Khartoum from the south things were pretty desolate. But strategically located at the confluence of the Blue and While Nile rivers, Khartoum is capital to the largest (in size) country in Africa. And […]

Ramblin’ In Khartoum. Decisions. Decisions.

I’m in Sudan! And here in Khartoum the somewhat sprawling capital of the largest country in Africa I find myself anxious to leave. Not because there’s nothing to do here, but because I’ve only got about five days to legally be in this country. And I’ve yet to register with the police. Sudan is perhaps […]

Trading Camels, Buying Benzine & Police Checkpoints: The Road To Khartoum, Sudan

At the customs and immigration office in Gallabat, Sudan I learned two things. First, nothing happens quickly in Sudan. Second, the Sudanese are in the running for the most hospitable and friendly people in Africa. The large uniformed man with a scary scar on his forehead took my papers, carnet and passport and asked if […]