Useful contacts:

Azos Moto Services: A bike mechanic in Cairo who can fix almost anything! His English isn’t 100%, but it’s fair – good enough to get you by on this task. He’s based in the district of Maadi, as is his friend Hamdy who seems to be the middleman between him and BMW. Azoz’s details are: Tel 0106953998. Email: Hamdy’s tel is 0122233837.

Useful and/or interesting websites:

The BMW off-road school – A must do for anyone planing to venture off the black stuff.

Somerset Superbikes – Jason and Bob have been invaluable in servicing the bikes, and letting me hang around the workshop to see how to do it in the middle of nowhere. – A really useful site for advice on 650’s.

Horizons Unlimited – The ultimate motorcycle traveller’s web site, there is someone out there with the answer to your question!

Riders For Health – Our chosen charity, doing wonderful work in Africa.

Foreign & Comonwealth Office – For all your info on visas etc.

Touratech: Motorcycle accessories for overland expeditions.

Bristol Motorrad: Our local BMW dealerwith loads of helpful advice on the bikes, spares, and some nice (if pricey) kit for us.

Bath Road Motors: Where we got the bikes.

Wallop Primary School: A school who will be following us online, and very kindly helping fundraise for Riders for Health.

Gavin and Catkin: The New Zealand / English couple who are driving their ex-Camel Trophy support vehicle to New Zealand from the UK : – A potentially useful travel site.

Other crazy travellers who’ve already done it:

Ted Simon

Lois Pryce

Sam Manicom

and, of course

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman