Our first briefing started with the ominous words: ” This is not so much a race as a social experiment.”
We then went on to the various ways we can expect to either suffer or die over the next four months. These ranged from being bitten by poisonous snakes you may have found on the road and decided to stroke, to drowning in your own vomit after a serious crash.
There are 63 of us signed up for the full tour and 54 sectional riders. It is a real mix of nationalities – lots from Canada and the US, a few Brits, Danes, Ethiopians …
A typical day was described: group wake up call, pack up the tents, breakfast (30mins), fill up your water, load, clock on, then ride. Lunch break, ride. Clock off, have soup, unload, set up camp, rider meeting for the briefing, have dinner, sleep.
We set off tomorrow at 7.30 am from the Pyramids. I’ll be glad to actually be on the bike!