Friday, August 29, 2008

Cycling from Luxor to Edfu

The trip to Edfu was a surprise gift. I had planned to take the tourist convoy instead of cycling. I couldn't find it and I was going to ask the police at the first road block. They were drinking tea so I changed my mind and sneaked past. The other road bocks made me promise I was only going to Esne but didn't stop me. When I reached Esne it seemed like such a fine day that it would be a pity not to take down the back road to Edfu. So I did.

Two stories.

A pack of five or six dogs came at me on the way to Esne. They were running next to me and I couldn't out distance them. Fortunately, I managed to force the lead dog into oncoming traffic to escape. Unfortunately I don't think it got run over. You can be a dog person or you can be a cyclist but you can't be both.

When I was leaving Esne a kid on a motorcycle rode up beside me demanding that I give him money. Gimme money. No. Gimme money. No. Gimme money. No. They say children have short attention spans but this motorcycle kid kept at it for several kilometers. Eventually he gave up asking for money and started grabbing my butt instead. I came so close to punching that kid off his motorbike...

1 comment:

rent a bike luxor said...

For a few years now I cycled in many places, but one of the best places to rent a bicycle is in Luxor.

An amazing experience to cycle and see all the ancient sites and temples.

It is a bit hard to find good quality bikes however I found a bike rental shop in Sheraton street who has good quality bicycles for a couple of euro's a day. Also I received a very detail streetmap. They also have an website: and the staff overthere is fantastic and enthousiastic, and like, next to cycling also billiard...