Cycling among a crowd of kids!
What does a typical day looks like on the road?:
0500 am prayer call (very loud in Egypt) - open one eye thinking I most get up - and I may take on prayer as well!
0515 - gymnastic to put on:
- contact lenses, cream on my bike short AND cream on my rear end (after I bend my 6 feet body into a 6 feet tent!), Sun lotion (very much needed) - This is much more high maitenance than at home!!! By the way, the rear end is getting better!!!
- Put on the rest of my bike clothes and pack the tent - (where is that dammit flashlight? Where are my cycling gloves? I seem to be way less organised then during Tour du Canada - will have to get better
- Find the shovel and dig a hole for the first morning business - It is still at the phase of "solid waste management" so a good new!
- Go to breakfast - porridge and peanut butter sandwiches - very familiar and still good!
- Leave camp around 0700 am - People in the group get up early and leave fast so I am usually among the last ones to leave by the time I manage to get ready and find everything I have lost - by the way there is no "lost and found box" so I must take care of my stuff by myself - very difficult
- Then cylcing the full day - freedom freedom and freedom! Well, until the end of the afternoon and by that time police is following my rear tire! We are escorted through Egypt: meaning the police car sweep the last rider - and you know me - I like to wonder around and talk to locals or just stop and look around- so I often end up being the last rider with the police car on my back - they have started to escort me with egyptian music so I don't get bored ! So if anybody is concerned for my safety you should not !!!!
- Get to camp at the end of the day - set my tent, eat, rest and go to bed!
BUT THERE IS MORE TO IT
- I have learned a few words in arabic - very usefull for small conversation with locals
- I am learning to "navigate" among crowds of kids who are getting very excited when a group of 50 crazy cyclists with good looking bikes, spandex and colorful jerseys have gone by! You get "hello" "Salam Alekum", some throw rocks, some want to give you flowers and kisses, but most of them have beautiful big brown eyes and are just very curious to see and hear you! The kids have been the highlight of the last two days of cylcing as we were making our way to Luxor! We have left the semi-desertic region and are now getting into the very fertile lands of the Nile with palm trees, sugar cane being harvested...
- I have visited the " Temple of Karmac" in Luxor - One of the biggest temple - you still see hieroglifs; have been to the egyptian market and "invited" (read strongly pushed) thousand of times to buy various stuff I don't need - but then there are the spices, the meat out being cut, the bread.... It was a very nice experience.
Two more days in Egypt and then we will take an overnight ferry to Sudan - this ferry will be quite an adventure - 20 hours and very basic conditions - so more to come on this experience.
Must go to sleep now and the internet is so slow that it took me more than 1 hour to get that post on! Sorry for any mispelling but no time for spel check as teh machne may6 crash at any time!