Greetings (مرحبا) From Cairo

 

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After 9 months of preparations, we have arrived at the starting line.`New bikes, updated gear (none the 4 tents we already had met the requirements), visas (2 trips to Ottawa to meet the all important gatekeepers of The Sudan and Ethiopia), vaccinations, insurance, exercise, packing, more vaccinations, repacking, 2nd guessing everything and on and on have come to an end.  This adventure is about to get real, inshAllah.

We have 3 days to acclimatize here in Cairo.  We gained entrance to our modern hotel in the Giza district after our airport transfer van was cleared by police sniffer dogs and our  luggage and persons passed through airport style scanners.  A taxi driver today explained that the AK-47’s seen everywhere here are the outcome of the “accident” in 2001 – the one with the planes – and that all of this is to make tourists feel more secure. They do anything but, instead serving as a constant reminder of the dangers lurking here according to Canada’s own travel advisory website and just about everyone else.

1st order of business in this city was to visit the Pyramids of Giza.  My (Gerry’s) father had photographed them many years ago and I recall showing the 2 1/2 inch slides  with an old style projector as a grade 8 geography project (every 2nd one inverted because they had to be inserted one at a time, upside down and backwards and I was a nervous one). I had been so impressed with these images of antiquity that when Miss Kajaks asked for background on the monuments on the screen I had little to add as it seemed to me that they spoke for themselves!

Having now visited the pyramid complex on our own – the Great Pyramid of Khufu together with those of his son and grandson,  kept safe under the watchful gaze of the mighty Sphinx – and reflecting that these wondrous feats of architecture were imagined and realized while the rest of the world was hunting wild beasts and sheltering in caves, I would say that I am  as much in awe as my earlier self.

The 1st official orientation meeting for tour participants was this morning at 9:00 AM.  We awoke at the stroke of 10:00  and were the butts of the 1st communal jokes as we sauntered in late.  A repeat performance on a riding day would mean that we would miss the luggage truck departure deadline and would each have to carry our 70 pounds or so of camping and daily kit on our bikes!

Time to get serious. Sleep.  Thanks for following.  Next news from the road.

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السلام عليكم – “السلام عليكم” (Peace be upon you).

 

 

 

 

Author: Gerry

Gerry & Lenore have 3 daughters who they thought might want to keep track of their parents as they travel - hence the blogging. Oh. . . . we hope to put up some content worthy of your consideration as well!

29 thoughts on “Greetings (مرحبا) From Cairo”

  1. Greetings from Barbados. Wishing you guys a safe and happy ride. Enjoy my friends you have earned every mile!! love you guys!!

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  2. Wow, terrific pictures! I share your amazement at what the ancients accomplished while we ran around in mammoth skins. Same sense when I travelled China and India. Safe journey in whatever language works…

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  3. Fascinating!

    On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 5:03 PM Cairo to Capetown on Bicycles wrote:

    > Gerry posted: ” After 9 months of preparations, we have arrived at the > starting line.`New bikes, updated gear (none the 4 tents we already had met > the requirements), visas (2 trips to Ottawa to meet the all important > gatekeepers of The Sudan and Ethiopia), vacc” >

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  4. Wow! Such a fascinating place ! So excited for you guys, you got this! Can’t wait for more posts of your journey! Be safe and enjoy every minute!

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  5. Thanks for the first post!! Memories for me of the pyramides . We also had a photo on the camels. The cameldriver took the picture and when we came home only the camelleg was on the photo. We had old fashioncamera at that time and could nt check. Ger if you get the chance to go to the sound and lightshow in Luxor, Karnak, do it. Hope it is still as interesting as 30 years ago. We had the feeling to be back in the time of the pfarao s!! Looking forward to the next post!!! Much fun.TT

    Op di 15 jan. 2019 23:04 schreef Cairo to Capetown on Bicycles Gerry posted: ” After 9 months of preparations, we have arrived at the > starting line.`New bikes, updated gear (none the 4 tents we already had met > the requirements), visas (2 trips to Ottawa to meet the all important > gatekeepers of The Sudan and Ethiopia), vacc” >

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  6. And if you need wake up call every morning, let me know!!!

    Op wo 16 jan. 2019 19:34 schreef Thea de Ruijter Thanks for the first post!! Memories for me of the pyramides . We also had > a photo on the camels. The cameldriver took the picture and when we came > home only the camelleg was on the photo. We had old fashioncamera at that > time and could nt check. > Ger if you get the chance to go to the sound and lightshow in Luxor, > Karnak, do it. Hope it is still as interesting as 30 years ago. We had the > feeling to be back in the time of the pfarao s!! > Looking forward to the next post!!! > Much fun.TT > > Op di 15 jan. 2019 23:04 schreef Cairo to Capetown on Bicycles comment-reply@wordpress.com: > >> Gerry posted: ” After 9 months of preparations, we have arrived at the >> starting line.`New bikes, updated gear (none the 4 tents we already had met >> the requirements), visas (2 trips to Ottawa to meet the all important >> gatekeepers of The Sudan and Ethiopia), vacc” >>

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  7. They are serious about taking your gear on your bike. We had a dude that did that a few times… you’d think he would have learnt the first time! Stay safe and enjoy x

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