Friday, November 29, 2013

Cape Town to Goodwood Day 28: An Egyptian Challenge

Hard to believe it is now four weeks since the Spirit of Artemis set off on what is turning into an epic and grueling journey back to England.
Mary Heath did her trip mostly on her own, with much reliance on the kindness of strangers,  but she stuck to territories under some kind of European rule. That meant that although she did occasionally have problems getting permission to fly, it was nothing like it is now. Plus what she was doing was so unusual that it was protection in itself.
With luck, the team is now in the north of Sudan heading for Egypt - but that country is not the relatively safe haven and tourist magnet it was only a few short years ago.
Marius Gabriel, whose father was part of the Cape to Cairo motor dash that took place at the same time as Lady Heath's flight, lives in Cairo. He reminds us that there are all sorts of new restrictions there because of the civil unrest and that there are no private flights allowed.
The good news is that General Aviation Support Egypt will be on hand  to help iron out the kinks when Tracey lands in Abu Simbel, Aswan, Luxor, El Alamein and the CASE's own October Airport near Cairo.  

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