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Fayoum Ride Review

all that ends well does not necessarily start well. ROBERTO, HISHAM, MICHAEL, DAVID, SHERIF(helwan) AND SHERIF(maadi-the one referred to in this review)

we began our morning with a flat before the ride (sherif), then one of our drivers never showed up so we had to scramble to find someone on the street to drive one of our cars. we finally left at 7am and then within 30 seconds while still on road 213 we had another flat (sherif). on our way once again we had another delay on korniche when someone lost their water bottle (dave). all was looking well as we hit ring road crossed the bridge and then yet again another flat (sherif). we came to the conclusion as a group that this would be the end of our misfortune, so we continued on and made it to the new section of ring road and sure enough another flat (sherif). if you have not been counting that is number 4. so, as we took the ramp or cairo-alex road exit guess who got another flat (sherif). at this point he wanted to hop in a taxi and go home but in an amazing display of group camaraderie we urged him on and assured him it could not possibly happen again. well, we were wrong because 1 minute later another flat (sherif). we checked tires, rims and cleaned everything and continued on once again. everything was going smoothly with no flats but we had still not reached the actually cairo-fayoum road when we had a small accident and someone fell hard on the climb to cairo-alex road (you guessed it SHERIF).  he was scrapped up but wanted to continue, nothing was going to stop him today. until at the entrance of the cairo-fayoum road there was of course another flat (sherif). at this point we cursed him, removed his bike from him and left him at the side of the road!! we felt bad so we allowed him to ride in the car for the rest of the trip.
so now our trip begins, once entering the cairo-fayoum road it was clear sailing in the desert with the wind at our backs and a car blocking for us. we worked as a group and made great time getting to our destination. a couple of us wanted to drop but we stuck together and encouraged one another. HISHAM gets recognition for holding the group together. upon arrival to the hotel Auberge we were parking our cars and bikes but had to actually mount our bikes onto the bike racks before enjoying our lunch because the hotel wanted to charge us 5 LE per bike if the wheels were touching the ground (CAN YOU ^%$#$$## BELIEVE IT!!!!!).  but when we the left the cost for the car to park was only 4 LE (don’t ask).
lunch on the lake was great and relaxing as we discussed our excellent adventure.
definitely a ride to do again, but possibly without SHERIF.

Sherif doing what he does best while other riders being very patient about it

Sherif doing what he does best while other riders being very patient about it

next friday, we may try to go further on the beni suef toll road if anyone is interested in joining us.

Roberto

Fayoum Ride

The Fayoum ride is a 100 km ride that leaves from the front gate of CAC at 6:30 or 7:00 AM, depending upon circumstances. From CAC the route crosses the Nile using the Moneb Bridge, then goes by the base of the pyramids at Giza. The traffic during this part of the ride can be hectic, so caution is advised. After passing Giza, the route turns left onto the Fayoum Desert Road and heads south out of Cairo toward the agricultural area of Fayoum and Lake Qarun. There is a gentle climb leaving Cairo and the Nile Valley, but after that it is either down hill or flat for the remainder of the ride. Prevailing winds blow are north to south, so there is usually a tail wind for this segment of the ride. After descending into the Fayoum area, the route takes a right turn and follows the south side of Lake Qarun to the end of the ride at the Auberge where the group enjoys a late breakfast. Transportation back to Maadi is provided by chartered bus or private vehicles. This is a good place for spouses, friends and families to join the group for breakfast and some local color.

Fayoum ride finish

Fayoum ride finish