Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Peloponnese paradise

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I’m not sure if Greece seems miserable just compared to uber-friendly Africa, or if we’re witnessing financial crisis gloom. After days of being totally ignored when I smile at passer-bys, I am gradually getting the message that people aren’t interested… The weather isn’t gloomy though, with plenty of gorgeous sunny days as we ride along […]

It’s all Greek to me

Reunited with Regis, our French cyclist friend who has also just cycled up from Cape Town

We rode west out of Athens, along a beautiful road following the Agean Sea coast. It is Greek Orthodox Easter this weekend, the biggest day of the year, and the locals are having a blast – literally – with dynamite, gunshots and fireworks going off day and night. The dogs are barking, the church bells […]

Spring flowers and showers

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It was 7 degrees and raining when we landed in Athens – 20 degrees cooler than Cairo, brrr. We rode 35 hilly kilometres from the airport into the city, past vineyards and spring flowers, along narrow roads with some crazy drivers. We are trying Airbnb for the first time and have a cute apartment in a […]

Out of Africa

Cairo is a lot nicer for having the Nile run through the middle.

Cycling in Cairo is intense – we’ve done it so you don’t have to. It is a horribly polluted but very friendly city. A good friend of ours is in town and treated us to a couple of slap-up meals (with bellydancer) at the luxurious Sofitel hotel and we’ve been out and about exploring various […]

Cape to Cairo

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We just cycled across Africa from Cape Town to Cairo! 8 months, 9,100km, 11 countries, 6 stitches, 14 punctures and lots of adventures. We had some brutal headwinds in the last few days (okay months) and us, our gear and our bikes are rather battered. We just spent the night at a campsite near the […]

Fifty shades of beige

Food is pretty good in the oases

As we ride up to the military checkpoints, soldiers call “Australia” to each other; they’re expecting us. In fact they are keeping a closer eye on us than we’d realised – we’d snuck well off the road at dusk into some hills when a heavily armed jeep came speeding over the rocks – they’d followed […]

Fra fra away

Old town at dusk

After four more days riding a beautiful empty desert road, camping under a starry night sky, we have arrived at the remote Farafra oasis, way out west. We’re having a day off to clean up and eat our body weight in delicious light, moist falafel (made in Egypt from fava beans rather than chickpeas). Due […]

The popo

I went to the toilet here & got sand EVERYwhere. Sand and saddlesores are not a good mix.

There is a large police/military presence here and regularly our passports are checked, many questions answered and telephone calls made before we are allowed to continue on our way. We had a police escort for an hour yesterday which meant I couldn’t go to the toilet and when we stopped to drink water they beeped a lot […]

Special price, my friend

Strong sidewinds, blowing sand over the road - a bit tricky to cycle!

We headed west out of Luxor, over the Nile again, past sugarcane fields and into the empty windy Western Desert. This vast sandy desert stretches from the Mediterranean and the Nile to the Sudanese and Libyan borders and is uninhabited except for five oases, between 200 and 400km apart, lying on ancient camel caravan routes. […]

Toenails and temples

Walk like an Egyptian... they get into all the temples for free.

We extended our visas as we will take a few more weeks to ride Egypt, and on the way out of the passport office Matt stubbed his big toe very badly on a piece of metal sticking out of the ground. There was a lot of blood and pain and the doctor said that the […]

Snooze and cruise

Sunset from the deck

Two cycling friends have recently been separately threatened with a knife and iron bars on the Aswan – Luxor road, so we didn’t need any more of an excuse to cover the distance on a three day Nile cruise. We bagged a last-minute bargain for a top-notch cabin – hello bubble bath, sunrises, ancient monuments, excellent food, […]

Over the Aswan Dam

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Huwa means wind in Arabic and there has been plenty of it. We just rode through the desert for three long tiring days into a strong constant headwind. Whenever we stopped to rest at the side of the road, a driver would pull over to check if we were okay and if we needed anything, […]