Greetings from Hurghada, on the Red Sea coast of the mainland. Over the past two days I traveled here on my motorcycle, following the coast road from Dahab, passing through Suez along the way.
There were many army checkpoints, some just waved me through, but at a few they studied my passport details. At the checkpoint before the tunnel that goes under the Suez Canal, there was a very thorough search of my luggage, including looking though my computer and camera. (They got lost looking through my computer and finally just asked if I had any photos from Tahrir Square, or any information regarding military installations around Egypt. When I said "No" they thanked me and sent me on my way!)
In Suez (Thursday 10 Feb) I saw a group of protesters, about two dozen strong, and lots of military presence. There were long lines at ATM machines. But at petrol stations and cafes, the Egyptian people remain polite and friendly, as ever. No appearance of petrol rationing or other shortages along my route.