Goodbye Europe - Welcome to Africa
The third day was quite hard and we had to push ourselves to the limit. After 70 hours of non-stop driving towards Cape Agulhas, we know what a marathon-drive is. But besides the usual things we have to do, finding sleep and doing our job at the steering wheel, we also had to prepare everything for the short flight yesterday.
At 9 p.m. we arrived at the airport in Southeastern Turkey. SInce the support team of Kühne+Nagel did a perfect job at the passport and customs control as well as on the runway, it was possible to take off earlier. Due to the quick procedure, we could not have an eye on everything and soon a little accident had happened, which took us precious time later on.
The ladies at the customs control checked our car trunk accurately and while we were at the security checkpoint, they packed our stuff a little in-artfully, so a piece of clothing got stuck inside the lock of the tailgate, so we could not open it anymore.
There was no time for deliberations so we drove the Touareg into the Antonov 74 and the six-member crew from the Ukraine took over. There was not much time for sleep, as Matthias and the mechanic of the on-board crew tried to open the tailgate from beneath the car, but they did only find one possibility. A part of the rollover cage had to be dismantled to solve the problem, as also the customs control in Egypt would want to see everything.
Just after 11 p.m. we were up in the air and want to thank Kühne+Nagel as well as all other helping hands for supporting us in Turkey.
Nearly 2 hours later, we landed in Mersa Matruh in Egypt. And it came as it was bound to happen: the Capetocape team worked 30 minutes under the watchful eyes of the Egyptian customs. With success - the problem was solved and our entry was permitted. Welcome to Africa!