Thursday, 7 February 2008


After being holed up in Alexandria (photo accross bay) for about a week due to stormy weather, we crossed the Nile Delta to Port Said. The Delta area is very scenic with a combination of lakes, farmlands, large towns, and channels where the locals sail and fish. Although it is winter, the weather has been good, and the breeze was in our favour (just as well, as both Leana and I had colds). Port Said is at the Northern end of the Suez Canal, and the day we spent there included a ferry trip accross the Canal (photo of me, looking back from Port Fuad pier). Since then we've cycled down via Ismailia to the Southern end of the Canal. Today we are relaxing in Suez, and even from our hotel room we can view the ships entering and exiting the Canal mouth. Some of these vessels are really massive, and it is amazing to see them gliding past at close range on such a narrow stretch of water. Tomorrow we, too, plan to exit Africa when we will cross to the Sinai Peninsula. It may seem as though we're living the high life, with all the mention of hotel accommodation. Fact is, there are no formal camp sites around, so in the populated areas we need to check into a room. But, the hotels where we usually stay are cheaper than camping in SA, so one can imagine the condition of some of these places (photo taken in one of the better rooms). Fortunately, in the wilderness areas we normally just find a suitable camp site somewhere along the road (preferable over hotels). Distances cycled since Alexandria have been:- Baltim 139 km; Port Said 136 km; Ismailia 87 km; and Suez 115 km.

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