This posting is a day late because of my first encounter with not being able to get online. Not bad for the desert camp of Egypt. But oh, what a day… first flat and a wind storm of might!
Out of the start, I realized that I was not feeling up to par today. Dehydration zapped me, so I now have a rigid hydration scheme – drink every 10 minutes. And we are not in the hot stuff yet! Then, an hour out, I had my first flat. It was good to get it out of the way (the very first of the tour was as someone left our hotel in Cairo). Thanks to an awesome team, it was changed quickly and we were back rolling along. The wind presented some tough challenges, but our small group was pulled by some great leaders and the refreshing guava nectar/fig stop (others call them a coke stop) was a relief.
A little bit on this team concept. It is really amazing how three days into riding and already we are coming together like a family. On the bikes and off… when riding, there is always a group to attach to and some of those long windy stretches are very difficult to go alone.
Day 3 finished with a might. About 9pm a terrific wind storm rolled in, followed by torrential rain. Several tents blew away, so many of us popped out amidst the dust to resecure tent stakes or attach the tents to the trucks. A couple tents blew away and had to be chased down. Everyone had a dusty crunch of sand in their porridge this morning.