Back in Khartoum a queue of trucks betrayed a tanker that had just delivered. Fed up with it all we drove directly to the Pumps where two Military jeeps stood. An officer then allowed us to fill up. We could even fill the jerry cans after he learnt the capacity of the main tank. Now we had enough to get to the border and beyond.
The extra fuel tank takes ages to fill and so the night before setting off, using a funnel and a yard of half inch hosepipe that we bought in Aswan, the contents of the jerry cans was laboriously transferred into the extra tank. Its pointless trying to do it at a filling station. They just have’nt got the time and lots gets spilled. Peraps we might find more diesel on the way to Meroe.
In Dunqula we had given up the idea of going to Karima. Mazar was right. There was no Diesel in Wadi Halfa, none in Dunqula where we spent the night and none inbetween. Seeing Jebel Barkal and the Amun Temple, driving across the desert to Meroe via Atbara and then on to Khartoum would have been fantastic, had been the plan and was now quite impossible. Our diesel was barely enough for the direct route to Khartoum.
Yesterday as we arrived at the Sudanese compound gate late in the afternoon a dark dressed gent with a brown backpack hanging heavily on one shoulder appeared and told us through the railings that they had just closed for today but that he would see what he could do. He soon returned, and said that we would have to spend the night outside, there was nothing to be done. His name was Mazar.
We chose the Qustal / Eshkeet crossing to enter the Sudan. That would envolve driving 280 kilometers or so to Abu Simbel (including snatching a glance at some more dead stones) and taking a ferry across lake Nasser from the west to the east coast about 10 km southerly. The border is another 35 kilometers south of the landing point. There is nothing there except an Egyptian and a Sudanese compound. The next settlement is Wadi Halfa 30 km further south. It was going to be a long day
At the Sudanese border, regardless which one, a confirmation from the Egyptian traffic police that no fines for any eventual driving offences are outstanding is required. That paper is only available in Aswan.