25 January 2011
Staying at soccer field, Wadi Halfa, Sudan
A lazy day doing laundry, watching the world go by and arranging the paperwork for the ferry (which is been done by a so-called 'Fixer' who can speak the local language. The local generosity still does not come to an end. When I stopped a Tuk-tuk to take a ride into town to drop the laundry, he did not want anything for it. Invited him for tea and more he did not want.
At the same camp site (well, calling it a camp site is giving it a huge increase as there is no water, no toilet but fortunately plenty of dust) we are with a company which arranges a cycle trip from Cairo to Cape Town. This annual event takes place at the start of January and it lasts until mid-May when they arrive in Cape Town after 12 000km. The cyclists come from across the globe. Some compete like a race, others do it for charity, some ride as father-son or couples and others just for the fun. The organisation behind it is staggering. 3 Massive trucks with all the food and storage of their gear plus another Land Cruiser will take off last in the morning and set up camp anywhere between 90 and 160km from the starting point and prepare food for one hundred people. They don't cook in pots, I would call it barrels. The cyclists came off the boat at about 4pm and set up camp all around us and fascinating to watch and I admire their stamina as they have to do this every single day for the next 5 months.
Tomorrow morning we are heading out by ferry, so there will definitely be no internet on Lake Nasser, however we hope to make contact again in Egypt. And Anet, Cairo is just behind the horizons and thank you to all for 'traveling along' on the blog.
The weather is still very good to us and we only have sunshine The wind is always blowing during the day but at night it always stops. The wind is also coming from the north which off course helped the Egyptians a lot as they could sail against the current with the trade winds to the south and float downstream again with the current to the north.