Tunisia Wednesday, 16 April 2008

The ferry crossing was pleasant and after a decent steak in the restaurant and a Corsican whiskey with John in the bar I retired to my shared accommodation - a four man cabin. My three Freddy Mercury lookalike room mates were well into a snoring competition but I still enjoyed a good sleep.

To my surprise I passed through Tunisian border control quickly and proceeded around 250kms south to a coastal town called Mahdia. My first observation on the road is that most of the local lads knock around on all manner or mopeds & scooters, and they were paying particular appreciation to the large orange jugernaut that came hurtling into each little village. Another observation was the Tunisia folk are very fond of a good, fresh barbecue. This photo is of a road side stopover that serves up bbq'd lamb as fresh as you like.

In Dijon France I suffered the first (and unsuccessful) attempted break-in to my luggage locks so this night Najeh, the head of security & motorcycle surveillance at the hotel I was staying at (pictured) kept an eye on the bike.

Then in the morning it was a brief stopover at a town called El-Jem where I had a look at the leftovers of a Roman Coloseum. All these people came for a show but sadly I couldn't enter the main stage as I had to press on down the coast.

The rest of the days riding got more & more enjoyable as I started entering more deserted roads. I stopped at the roadside service station pictured below for some fuel but this chap refused to let me pay with my BP bonus points accumulated in the UK. He was also all out of decaf soya latte's so I decided to take my business some place else.

After the enjoyable desert ride I was back at the coast to catch a ferry to a little island off Tunisia called Jerba, where I made my way to a little market town called Houmt Souq. I stayed in a charming little cave and my bike in the secure courtyard. In the morning it was an early start to get to the Libyan border 150kms further to the east, to discover my fate at the border after so many others have struggled to gain entry to Libya. Next post from Tripoli (hopefully).

# posted by Mark @ 13:28