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