Saturday, November 16th,
2013 - Cairo, Here We Come!
The ninth and final day of the journey included a short ride from Ain
Sokhna to Cairo. Their journey would come to an end at the foot of the
Great Sphinx. With their heads held high, the riders entered the capital
surrounded by their friends and loved ones. As they disembarked their
vehicles for the final time, their scooters read 2400 km. The challenge
was over. Mission accomplished.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
- Along the Coast
On the eighth leg of the journey, the riders were taken aback by the
beauty of the coast of the Red Sea. The sharp twists and turns of the
road brought dream-like images of mountains, crystalline waters and
After a six hour ride, they reached their destination: the
resort city of Ain Sokhna, the stop before the last. There, they were
greeted by the representative of the Governor of Suez. For their last
night together, the riders were the stars of the official Cross Egypt
Thursday, November 13th,
2013 - Towards the Nile
The riders made an early start on their final day in the desert. They
headed towards the city of Luxor where they were greeted by the Governor
at the Karnak temples. They were given an exclusive tour of the world’s
largest open air museum.
Their ride was closely followed by national media stations
which also conducted interviews with many of the riders. That evening,
the team had the chance enjoy a Sound and Light Show at Karnak temples.
Wednesday, October 17th,
- The inners
The team set off from Farafra on Wednesday morning heading to Dakhla
Oasis, known colloquially as the inner oasis. Their journey on that day
was again through vast sand dunes.
Tuesday, November 12th,
2013 - Camping
On day five, the Cross Egypt Challenge team rode to Kharga Oasis,
which was to be their last desert stop. Upon arrival, they were greeted
by the Governor of the New Valley Governorate and a traditional
celebration was held in their honor. This included “wahati” music and
dancing. After some fun, the team was on the road again towards Baris, a
small oasis in the outskirts of Kharga where the team camped out for the
Monday, November 11th, 2013
- More Desert
The team’s next stop was Dakhla Oasis (or the inner oasis) which lies
about 275 km away from Farafra. There, they visited the ruins of the
fortified Islamic town of Al Qasr which was built in the 12th century.
This was a favorite destination for almost all the riders as they could
relax, do some shopping, and enjoy the desert atmosphere.
Sunday, November 10th, 2013
- Black and White Desert
The riders got up early to absorb the serenity of the Western Desert.
After a quick breakfast and meeting, the riders made their way towards
Farafra Oasis in the New Valley Governorate. Along the way, they gazed
at Farafra’s exceptional White Desert which gets its color from chalk
They were transferred into a whole new world as they drew nearer to the
Black Desert. But Farafra had more surprises in store, after reaching
their hotel; they left for a revitalizing dip in the Oasis’s natural hot
Saturday, November 9th,
2013 - Off to the Desert
On their second day, the team made an early start to cover 365 km to
Bahariya Oasis, one of the longest rides in the challenge. There isn’t a
single rest house nor a gas station along this road.
Nevertheless, the organizing team had arranged for special
gas tankers to provide fuel for scooters, while the riders enjoyed
traditional Egyptian meals prepared by the “Desert Chefs”, Cross Egypt
Challenge’s very own culinary team. However, nothing could be done to
prevent Mother Nature’s surprises; intense rain and fog slowed the team
Through perseverance, the riders made it safe and sound to
their hotel where they relaxed and enjoyed a unique Bedouin meal. Those
who were still up for an adventure were given a tour of the Oasis and
the neighboring mountain.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
- Three, Two, One, Go!
Early Friday morning, the riders gathered in the garage to receive
their scooters. They were given detailed information on the day’s route
and what to expect.
The start line for Cross Egypt Challenge 2013 was in front
of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the symbol of modern and ancient Egypt.
Fans, friends, and family gathered to say farewell to riders and wish
them good luck on the tough road ahead.
A long caravan of scooters, motorbikes, and four-by-fours
buzzed through the city’s Corniche as the team, accompanied by other
local motorcycle and scooter clubs, made their way to the Citadel of
Qaitbay. After a photo-shoot in front of the great citadel, the riders
headed to Alexandria City Center to celebrate the official launch of
Cross Egypt Challenge.
This event was attended by several dignitaries including the
UN Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Qabeel. In the afternoon, the team headed
south towards Cairo, making an overnight stop at the residential and
industrial city of 6th of October.
Thursday, November 7th,
2013 - The Countdown Begins
As participants began to flock to Egypt’s second largest city, the
organizing team was busy fine tuning the smallest details to ensure the
smooth progression of the following nine days.
The team’s first meeting took place in Alexandria’s historic
Cecil Hotel where Ahmad Elzoghby, the official spokesperson of the
challenge welcomed participants to the third season of Cross Egypt
Challenge. After a brief orientation session, Barb Piatkowski, one of
riders of this year’s team and a professional motorcycle instructor from
Canada gave a safety awareness seminar.
The official riding gear was distributed to the team
followed by an evening tour of Alexandria. Spirits were high as zero
hour drew near.