The continents have changed and I am finally in Africa, well just! 15km inside Egypt awaiting customs clearance to release the motorbike.
The past week has been a mixture of beautiful scenery through southern Turkey on coastal roads, the trauma of being lost in Turkish cities with a broken Sat Nav after dark and the satisfaction of making the ferry port on the Turkish/Syrian border.
After the arrival of my off road tyres for Africa, I travelled the remaining 600 miles to Port Iskenderum, finalising the European leg of the trip at 3512 miles.
The ferry to Egypt required patience! We are now in African time! The boat crossing took 24 hrs. The boat passengers were mainly Syrian people fleeing the bloody war. It was emotional seeing whole families with their belongings seeking safety on foreign soil. The tale of two stories, the Free Army and Syrian People supporters of Assad.
I now wait at Port Damietta for the release of the bike from the Port compound. A two-day process to include the fitting of Egyptian number plates, payment of many bribes and visiting many offices to ensure the papers are in order.
The Hospice African Adventure is now reality. Sudan in my sights and the first of many hospices to visit.
Follow Russell’s journey online on the Africa Hospice Adventure website.