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Sudan Trip Pictures from Nov. 13 to 20, 2007

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Our Route through SUDAN. We covered approx. 2,100km on the motorcycles.

Nov. 12, 2007. Aswan, Egypt. Washing as the Cargo Barge is being loaded.

This is the empty barge.

Trucks after truck back up and unload into the hull of the barge.

Mr. Salah is in charge of issuing tickets for both the passenger ferry and cargo ferry.

Another overloaded truck pulls up. Our motorcycles wait in the background.

It is amazing that these trucks don't fall over.

By late afternoon, both the hull and every square inch of the cargo ferry was covered.

We started to get a bit concerned about where our motorcycle were going to go.

Mike makes his way through the upper level of the passenger ferry to our sleeping spot.

Finally after 9 hrs of waiting the motorcycles are loaded in the dark.

The next day Nov. 13, 2007 we pass Abu Simbel.

After only 18 hrs we arrive in WADI HALFA, SUDAN.

The port is exactly what we thought it would be, not much. The real Africa has began.

Main street Wadi Halfa.

The motorcycles arrive on the cargo ferry by 9am on Nov. 14, 2007.

Werner, with his Yamaha 600.

We are happy to have the motorcycles through customs, which only took 3 1/2 hours.

Staying at the Nile Hotel in Wadi Halfa.

The floor is sand, but we are happy to have a room, as it is the only hotel with vacancy.

Nov. 15, 2007. We leave Wadi Halfa at sun rise and head down the Nile.

After 2 1/2 hrs and 100km, we meet up with the cyclists ...

... (two Germans and one Slovakian) who had left a day earlier for breakfast at this nice place.

The locals say good-bye to us.

450km of sand, sand and more sand.

Amazing sceneries.

What track to take? What would be do without GPS.

View of the Nile.

The only greenery we see is along the Nile.

Stopping for a rest.

Continuing on the road.

Lots of washboard and sand.

Stopping in Abri to buy gasoline off the black market.

As the sun sets we set up camp.

The local farmer comes strolling over to join us.

Our campsite along the Nile close to Wasa.

We had done 220km in 9 hrs of riding.

Late evening the farmer returns with his wife and kid for a visit.

Nov. 16, 2007. Hanging out with the locals for breakfast. Very friendly people.

The second day on the road was a lot tougher,...

... as the sand started to get deeper ...

... and deeper.

Mike plows through the sand (the air filter was 1kg heavier after all this)

Taking a break in a small town along the way, looking down main street.

We arrive at the Dongola ferry from Wasa in 8 hrs riding 200km later.

The ferry to cross the Nile.

Nov. 17, 2007. Taking the ferry from Dongola across the Nile to Karima.

Approx. 40km of the road from Dongola to Karima is this.

We walk the sections to determine the best routes through the powdery sand.

Sometimes we wonder how we did get through it. Ruby only dropped the bike in the sand 3 times in Sudan. Not to mention the 1000 close calls.

Finally pavement. Two happy campers.

At Karima we visit the UNESCO World Heritage JEBEL BARKAL.

The ancient site of Jebel Barkal stands directly beside the road and ...

... the pyramids peek from the sand dunes.

No ticket office, no tourists, no fence, just us.

Karima to Khartoum is all paved. Only 300km to go.

Camping in the desert.

We had the best sleep in the Sudan desert.

Nov. 18, 2007. Waking up to a beautiful sun rise.

Our view from the tent.

We each pick up a nail in the back tire.

Mike plugs the tire in Khartoum.

Removing a large nail from his bike.

Must have picked them up in the nail souq earlier.

Locals stop in at the Blue Nail sailing club.

Nov. 19, 2007. We take a detour 200km NE of Khartoum to MEROE.

Meroe, did not disappoint us.

The Meroitic pharaohs built the narrow pyramids ...

... at this location for the burial place of the royal.

Some tombs have well-preserved Hieroglyphics in the tombs' antechambers.

An ancient royal cemetery located in the midst of huge sand dunes.

The site is not kept up and sand is starting to bury most entrances.

There is a ticket office at the entrance and tickets are $10.00US/person.

Definitely worth the money.

We spent about 1 1/2 hr exploring the pyramids which are spread out over a couple areas.

There is no other tourists.

We leave foot prints behind, that will be gone in a few minutes from the blowing sand.

Sand blowing over the dunes.

Locals have set up make shift stalls to sell hand-made crafts.

The people are always very friendly and I purchased a leather necklace, ...

... which contained a little book with writing to fend of sickness and evil.

Nov. 20, 2007. We spent another night in the desert camping south of Khartoum. Breakfast on the side of the road. Great food.

Close to the Ethiopian Border the housing infrastructure changes.

Small villages consist of circular straw and mud huts. So we say good-bye to a very wonderful, sunny and hot Sudan.