Day 2- 25 March 2016
Heading out early from El Minya I thought it would be an easy day cruising to Asyut, but once the Tourist Police got a hold of me it reminded me of being molly coddled and babied like when I just a wee laddie. I know they mean well and are there for our protection, but when you are transported from checkpoint to checkpoint and to your hotel with sirens blazing and a car full of uniforms packing machine guns, it basically paints a massive ‘HERE IS A FEEBLE AND DOPEY FOREIGNER-TYPE-PERSON RIPE FOR KIDNAPPING AND TORTURE!!’ sign on your forehead.
I felt like more of a target with them around, compared to the last 2 weeks that I have been riding through Cairo city, Saqqara, Dahshur and all the way to El Minya -some 600kms worth or riding, totally solo. No one had even blinked an eye at me so far. Then the Fun Police got involved (I have been purposely avoiding them) and now I’m being treated like I’m some kind of simpleton who can’t even wipe his own ass.
I even had to change my kickass-spontaneously-well-planned-route through a random desert oasis. So after 2 hours of inane waiting, red tape and other bollocks I thought I would have some fun and just take off through busy traffic and let them catch up. Oh the tyranny! Haha! That will learn yas’ from telling the dagsta what to do!
So began my real life ‘Grand Theft Auto’ chase through random towns and highways. Weaving erratically through lanes of donkey carts and bombed out cars, I gave them the most fun I’m sure they’ve never had. They were getting so angry they were probably thinking of shooting me themselves, or at least laying down a spike strip some ways up the road.
To be honest, I have felt safer here in Egypt than in parts of Sydney or Melbourne.
So, six different escorts later and four hours more travel time than I had planned (to go only 150km) I arrived in top shape in the town of Asyut, with a car full of Egyptian Police shaking their fists and swearing at me in Arabic.
To be fair the Egyptian Police were outstanding. At short notice they materialised a safe passage from one town to another that a Pharaoh would be proud of. It is definitely a good feeling to have someone watching your back, so a big thank you for putting up with my insanity fellas! They’re a great bunch.
With some common sense and a well planned route, Egypt is relatively safe to explore on a motorcycle, so come on over and join in the adventure!
El Minya to Asyut via route 20 Giza-Luxor Road (diversions through Route 02 Aswan Western Agricultural Road)