All our Australian and Kiwi riders had bad news yesterday. The South African government decided to impose new visa requirements. The only way for our ANZ riders to obtain the visa is to head down to Khartoum one day earlier than everyone else. That means they’ll lose their EFI status and can’t do anything about that.
EFI means cycling “Every F* Inch” from Cairo to Cape Town—something that only few riders accomplish every year. Many riders on our tour don’t care (or at least that’s what they say), few take it really seriously, others aspire for EFI yet wouldn’t be devastated to lose that highly coveted status (so they say, including yours truly).
However, as Tallis said yesterday, “the only person who cares about your EFI is you. No one else does. Losing EFI,” Tallis joked, “is like losing your virginity. Once you’ve lost it, you wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.” 🙂
In the end, it’s all about enjoying our tour through Africa, our camaraderie, and staying safe. If we make it to Cape Town unharmed, we’ll have more than enough to celebrate, as one of our strongest riders reminded us today. And even if bad luck keeps us from going all the way, or even strikes much sooner than we’d ever have expected, we’ll head back home knowing that we’ve made 30+ new friends from all over the world, and dared to go on an epic adventure that others don’t even dare to dream about.
Stage 3: Ras Ghareb – El Gouna (Egypt), 138.9km
Road & traffic condition:
Mostly good tarmac with lots of tailwind. At times, we were flying at 50km/h without much effort. Only the last few kilometres, we got a sense of what we’ll be in for when we need to cycle against the wind. 50km/h instantly dropped to 5km/h just because we changed direction.
Getting hot while cycling but still OK. Still chilly at night but not as bad as it was in Cairo.
Beer by the hotel pool, and Western-style buffet dinner
Flying at 50km/h without much effort, then being rewarded with a pretty nice hotel in a pretty nice tourist town by the Red Sea, and having our entire afternoon off to relax
Good news—according to Garmin, I was breaking all my personal cycling records today. Easy with that tailwind!
Not so good news—I’m starting to doubt whether my blogging was such a good idea, and I shouldn’t use the time to enjoy myself more. So, if you’ve read that far and you’d like me to keep going, please leave me a comment.