An early start

5.20am and we were on the road out of Cairo before the sun came up and traffic descended. We accidentally took a long detour out of the city, adding many more kilometres and potholes to our journey, however by mid morning we were out into the Nile Valley. Smooth tarmac, palm tree lined roads, a canal to the left, pyramids to the right, hardly any cars – it was all we could have hoped for and more. We were invited in for tea by a group of men running a horse breeding business. They were very well looked after horses, and even had the Koran playing on repeat in the stable to keep them entertained. We can only hope that after they are sold they don’t go to Giza to pull around tourist carriages.

Lunch was a taste of what we expect will make up our daily cycle fuel – koshari. At 25p for a bowl (although our host tried to refuse payment), this is a very efficient way to fill your belly. Macaroni, noodles, rice, lentils, chickpeas, crispy fried onions and a good helping of tomato sauce – very tasty!

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