23-04-2008, Al Mukalla, Yemen km: 126,309
The picture is Martin and our bicycles on the police truck.
Here, Martin (Canadian cyclist cycling from South Korea to now Yemen) and I are in Al Mukalla, south of Yemen right now. It is 37 degrees of Centigrade and very humid at daytime.
After Aden (Zinzibar), we stopped police control 50 km east of Aden. Policemen let us stopped quater of hours there. They called to special police team. Then special police team came by police car and they let us started to cycle from there. We could cycled only after 25 kilo meters. Then we stopped at next police control. The next police team did not let us cycle. So we and our bicycle were on the police truck and moved to 500 km without money. We change 5 diffrent cars and moved 2 days for this 500 km. Policemen at Yemen are mostly very friendly. Just 25 km before Al Mukalla (Burum), they let us be free.
The east of Aden was still contended by tribes against Yemen government. And sometimes foreigner tourists was kidnapped. Many police control are on the road between this area. All polices and military has machinegun. But many cars, trucks, buses pass normal and it seems safe. People live at small village between this area are friendly and I could not feel dangerous area.
We will go to Shibam and sayun and then to Oman, UAE. If you have some informations about this area, let me know.