Day 4 – 100km
Start – Desert between mountains and the Red Sea
Finish – Nemo Hotel, Safaga
My legs were a bit tight today so I took it easy at the beginning. I only started to warm up by about kilometer 75. But I still rolled in, in reasonable time.
Today we are in Safaga and camped right on the beach in front of a small hotel. Hotel and real bed tonight for me. The first thing I was asked when I arrived at 10:40 in the morning was: “Do you think it’s too early for a beer?” My answer was one word with two letters, first letter ‘N’. I quickly checked into the hotel (we have the option of getting a hotel room when we stop in towns where they are available) had a quick shower (hot water is wonderful thing) and was at the beach bar with cold beer in hand by 11.
After a beer John, Vince and I wandered into town looking for food, mobile top ups and chocolate. Safaga is a resort town. It has the desert mountains that separate it from the Nile on one side and the Red Sea on the other. There are lots of small, cheep ($20 a night) local hotels on the beach with dive shops. The big resorts seem to be on the road into and out of town. It is a sleepy town, especially now with tourism so slow. After wandering around town for a while we ran into the Egyptian cyclists and a couple of the serious racers. About a dozen of us ended up in the back room of a local café and they started bringing the food. Tomatoes and mint, cucumbers and greens, tahini, falafel, eggplant, flat bread, potatoes. Every time a dish was finished it was replaced with a full one. Fantastic meal. In the evening we had a chicken bar-b-q on the beach.
After dinner I admitted to Vince in a somewhat embarrassed way that in the 8 hours since I had arrived in Safaga I had had 1 coke, 2 Pepsis, 2 7ups, 3 beers and a snickers bar. He beat me by one coke and a Cadbury’s fruit and nut bar.
Someone told us that one year, one rider managed to spend 60 out of the 120 days of the tour in a bed. Maybe that’s one record I can break.
Don’t forget to donate to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania.