Sunday, October 30, 2005

Libya - Benghazi to the Eyptiian border

WW2 grave site near Tobruk


Near Susa/Apollonia....on the med

Salam Alekum&#8230 Just a few photos from our midterm holiday (brief explanations are on the JPEG titles). We biked along the coast from Benghazi to the Egyptian border in 6 days; a distance of about 700km, including 60km of gravel. The longest day was 180km&#8230a record for Maria (tail winds are always welcomeJ ) Weather was great&#8230down to 20 at night and the upper 20&#8217s during the day. The sea is still warm enough to swim and bathe in and no problems finding deserted beaches to camp on, with crashing surf and starry skies. Overall we found cycling in Libya exceeded our expectations: No personal security concerns as in most of Latin America; drivers generally move over to the other lane when they pass by at 150kph (and no drunk drivers); wide, smooth roads; lots of encouragement from pedestrians and motorists and not much traffic during the tail end of Ramadan. Mas Salam&#8230 Steve & Maria