Saturday, 23 January 2010


Today was the first time that we felt,  that we are now leaving behind the last bits of western civilisation and entering  to a completely unknown world. People and sceneries have now changed completely. We rode 115 km from Luxor towards Aswan along the Nile. It was the ride of a life time. People her are already part of the Nubian tribes, much darker, they don't speak any English and kids are getting more difficult to deal with. I had my first stone thrown at me, luckily a miss, because it was big and the guy really wanted to heart me. Then a few kilometer later another guy tried to throw a stick into my front wheel, but luckily it bounced off. I got so upset that I caught the guy probably still a teenager and beat him up. A few local adults who witnessed the scene applauded. The life along the Nile river is just unbelievable and feels like a giant termite nest. It is so busy! By the size of every vegetable that is grows here, you can easily see how fertile the land is here....

We are camping on a football pitch tonight and we have access to some kind of shower and toilet, but very African style as you can see on the picture, but it is better than nothing.

                             One of us went to the barber shop and he discovered they use a very
                                      painful technique with cotton strings to remove face hairs

                                Our lunch pause was along the Nile as was lots of our route today,
                                      so I took this photo of local fishermen during the lunch pause

                                Today the kids were a lot more exited about us than up to now,
                                many run straight at us creating dangerous situations while other
                                starting chasing us with their bikes. Given the already complicated
                                traffic here, it adds up to the challenge....

                                Our camp is on a football pitch next to the Nile, so we have all these
                                luxury cruise boat parked next to us as well. We decided to ask the
                                captain of one of them if he would allow us on board to enjoy a nice
                                fresh beer and some taste of luxury before we leave Egypt and enter
                                to Sudan. The captain was very friendly and let us on the boat until they
                               departed an hour later.Needless to say that the American tourists that
                                were on board were amazed at our adventure.

                                 This is how the local restaurants look like here, it is actually good,
                                 but it takes a bit of dating first and you should not look too closely
                                at the cooking equipment... and the things floating in the oil...

                                         While walking in the little town where we sleep tonight,
                                         we found the local bicycle shop

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