Many of you have read of the rider’s goal of EFI (every f&*% inch), meaning that the rider will actually ride every inch of the way from Cairo to Cape Town. Well, my merry gang of riders has declared a new one – EFCB (every f^*& café break!). We succeeded today! Even though the first one was only 15km from breakfast, we stopped It was a great time of morning to enjoy a café/chai and take great photos of their water storage system. These pictured big clay pots are everywhere – at rest stops, in towns, and along the side of the road. The ceramic keeps the water cool and there is a communal cup for everyone to take a sip. The morning stop also featured a young man butchering a lamb and many toothless older men watching.
The second café stop was after seeing rows of tanks roll north on flatbed trucks. It wouldn’t have been so marked except for the emerging riots in Cairo. We hadn’t had news for days and did not know how things were progressing. The third stop was only 500m before camp. Instead of riding in to clock out for the race, we just stopped early to enjoy a chai. Pete and I were on the search for yoghurt (capo) but only found powdered milk and 2 marriage proposals! I could be the fourth wife of one man or the third wife of another… no camels were discussed!