Chris Vernon has been bitten by a dog, in Aswan, Southern Egypt. He has to have a course of anti rabies injections over the next three weeks available only from hospitals or clinics. As there are no guarantees that such facilities will be available along much of the route we plan to take Chris has reluctantly withdrawn from this challenge and will return to the UK in due course.

I am sure everyone wishes him well.

No further bulletins will be available until the end of next week when Bridget, Benji and Roy expect to arrive in Khartoum.

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