Continuing alone for the rest of the Trip

Round the World Flight with HB-PON 2008/09
Rolf Martin FRIEDEN & Manfred Melloh
Sun 7 May 2006 15:03
15:35.9N 032:33.5E

Early Thursday morning 7th of May, Anne and I departed alone for the rest of the journey, just beforefore sunrise.

The evening before, Bill Eisele and his co-pilote Mike Paul decided, not to continue the journey through Africa any
further as of this point, and Bill wanted to turn around, return back to Europe and then fly commercial back home to the US.

(As it it turned out later, that Bill left his Comanche at Heraklion and sold the plane on the spot to a new owner......)


It was still dark that morning, when I had to personally wake up the controllers in the tower, pay landing fees and some taxes
and settle the bill for the fuel.

After take off, our route took us in perfect and severe clear conditions in  south westerly direction to Abou Simbel in the very south
of Egypt, and from there, we set direct course over endless desertic landscape to Karthoum the capital of Sudan.

The heat we experienced in Karhoum after landing was enormous. 46 degrees Celsius ( 114 Fahrenheit) !

Surprisingly the previously arranged handling, refuelling, met. Briefing, flight planning, notams and some cool drinks, were fast and
provided very professionally.