Thursday, January 10, 2008
Cairo is a busy, dirty, loud, friendly, and amazing city. I arrived at 4:00 am to my hotel. All went well and all pieces of my luggage has arrived. The next morning I met two of the riders that I have been communicating with by Facebook and we have bonded. A group of us toured the pyramids of Giza, and Sakkara yesterday. Very impressive and amazing that these marvels have withstood the test of time. The Sphinx had the most pull over me as you can get up fairly close and see the detail of the eyes, tail, and body. No wonder it's name in Arabic translates to "Beholder of Power."
We had an Egyptian lunch of goat meet, chicken, eggplant with baba ganoosh (sp?), pickled vegetable (yuck), fried dough balls and yummy bread. The bread is the best. I even got to hold a small lion cub for a photo. For a price, of course, but it was so cute I couldn't resist.
I have met a lot of riders so far. All are very nice, excited to ride, and worried about the same things (water, traffic, food, their bike, will they have the stamina, etc.) Good to know I am in good company. Tomorrow is our rider briefing where we will learn more of what to expect.
Once again, I must say how much I appreciate everyone's support, especially the community of Petoskey. This sabbatical is a little daunting for me. I am sure with time I will feel more comfortable. Biking through the traffic will be the first thing to overcome come Saturday morning. There are still some riders who haven't received their bikes and I do feel very bad for them. Hopefully, this will be resolved by Saturday. In Shallah or God Willing.
Take care everyone and I'll try to update in a few days.