(Day 46) Red Sea to Cairo – 15 May 2011

Distance for the day    – 152 km
Odometer – 13 933 km
Hours on the Bike        – 02:21
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R 129 756.50

The Stella Di Mare turned out to be a very nice stay. We had good food and enjoyed the Beach with its exclusivity.

Stella Di Mare

Rufus decided to take the opportunity for a Scuba dive with the Hotels Dive Charter, while Richard and Stelios relaxed in the sun.Stella Diving is run by two Italians, Matteo & Benedetta. They quickly got it all organized and Kiro and Bassem took Rufus to a nice spot by the name of Harris Rock. The dive was a little disappointing because of low visibility due to the heavy winds of the day before, but the sea life was beautiful with lots of colourful fish and hard and soft coral. Unfortunately the dive was deeper than what the camera could handle and it had to be left on board.

Stella Diving at the Red Sea.

Rufus ready to explore.

We left just after midday and headed west on our last stretch to Cairo. It was exiting and we could not wait.

The last Stretch to Cairo

As we got closer to the city the traffic started to increase and before we new it we were part of an intimidating mass of vehicles, honking, pushing and shoving to work our way to the Hotel. The estimates on the GPS were completely out and we understood why people say that Cairo has the worst drivers. We did not have the correct coordinates for the InterContinental Citystars Hotel and ended at a place +/- 2 km’s away. A process of asking locals, and phoning the Hotel helped us to find our way. At some stage Rufus handed his helmet to a bellboy at a Hotel to speak to someone at our destination, via the Bluetooth connection. It was quit a site to see the guy with his uniform on wearing a helmet and making hand signals while he was talking. Now this of course was a helmet that has just done a 46 day ride from Cape Town, brown with dirt and sweat on the inside and the Bellboy handed it back in disgust.

We eventually got to the Hotel and were blown away with the glamour and warm welcoming at the Hotel Entrance with refreshments. Paul Schenck, the Executive Assistant Manager of InterContinental Cairo Citystars, accompanied by Anton v Zyl of Coca-Cola Cairo had it all perfectly planed with a lovely dinner later in the evening.

Anton van Zyl and Paul Schenck meeting us at the Hotel.

Cleaning up.

Having dinner at the Hotel.

The five star Hotel is a fine example of absolute luxury and the stunning décor is everything you could wish for. It has 790 spacious rooms that are elegantly furnished with mahogany vanities. What a way to end our trip!

Welcome note on our TV Screen.

InterContinental Cairo Citystars.

Luxurious rooms.

Main building of the Hotel.

The Gym, Spa and In-door Hydrotherapy pool.

Outside pool area.

Tomorrow we will visit the pyramids and take the famous “Look where are we now photo”. We have to organize the shipment for our bikes and will be flying back with SAA on Wednesday night to arrive at 11:55 on Thursday 19 May 2011 in Port Elizabeth.

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9 responses

  1. Stunning, guys, you are my new heroes. Any chance we can fly Norm back up there and organise him a Vespa down to the sudan border. The man’s got to finish this thing? Damn!

    May 17, 2011 at 19:03

  2. Dit lyk my julle is soos konigs in Kairo ontvang. Nice hotel waar julle bly. Ek lees die klomp fietsryers wat julle in Zambie langs die pad raakgeloop het het ook eergister in Kaapstad aangekom. Geniet julle paar dae in Kairo.

    Groete van almal op Brandkop

    May 17, 2011 at 06:00

  3. gloriagracie

    Well done guys and thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I have so enjoyed your updates and photos and am really going to miss them! They have been amazing and a real eye-opener. Thank you Rufus for all that you have done to keep us updated. I just feel sad that Norman couldn’t be with you to the end of the journey. Enjoy your time in Cairo and wishing you a safe flight back home. God bless you all and thanks again.

    May 16, 2011 at 20:28

  4. Veels geluk! Mission accomplished!!! Ons het julle 46 dae met spanning gevolg en saam geniet. Dankie dat ons dit met julle op die manier kon deel. Rufus, ek verwag darem ‘n boek van jou met foto’s en volle verhaal! Kan beslis ‘n “best seller” word die Kersfees in die CNA en Exclusive Books? Vraag is net “what next”? Het julle al planne vir ‘n opvolg reis? Hoe lyk dit met van Sydney na Alice Springs?
    Groete vanuit Amsterdam
    Francois en Nick

    May 16, 2011 at 19:38

  5. Well done Lads – very proud of your achievement! Fantastic ride, pics and daily report. Thanks for sharing it with us. My planned two week trip to Namibia came to an end in the soft sand near Augrabies on day 1 last year so I had the opportunity to live what I couldn’t do from my hospital bed, through your ride. Thanks, Cheers Pete

    May 16, 2011 at 19:26

  6. Sorry lost contact with your reports for a few days having been on duty at Addo. I am so impressed not only with your ride and tenacity, but as always, the quality of your reports and the information contained in it is just valuable. I could not wait to get back to my internet to read the next three episodes. Again, well done! You are just great and I have never doubted that you will do it.
    Well done and we are looing forward to your return!

    Oom Jan

    May 16, 2011 at 17:19

  7. Well done guys! You had a great trip. I’m very envious.

    May 16, 2011 at 14:57

  8. Congratulations chaps – you have done it. Kwasaki should sponsor you new bikes now! It was an enjoyable ride for all of us with your wonderful photos and narration as you went along. We certainly have learnt a lot more of Africa than we knew – Rufus you certainly performed this job very well (must have been trying at times though). Hope your bikes get sorted to be shipped quite quickly and that your flight back is peaceful and relaxing. Just think the miles travelled in 46 days will now be covered in a mere couple of hours on your return journey!

    May 16, 2011 at 09:52

  9. Hi Julle. Ons kan net se: Well done!!!! Ons is so bly julle en julle fietse het in 1 stuk in Kairo uitgekom. Geniet Kairo en kom veilig terug. Ons gaan die Blog mis.
    Groete
    Marais en Di

    May 16, 2011 at 09:51

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