Countdown to the Finish Line:
I created this blog to keep you updated on my bike ride from Cairo to Cape Town.
From January 17 – May 12, 2019 I will be embarking on a 12,000 km journey across Africa. I will post updates as often as I can, so please check back here regularly. You can also follow along on my Facebook and Instagram pages for even more photos!
Thank you for your support,
PS. For updates on my Fundraising progress, please visit: www.fundly.com/peter-cox
Jan 18, 2019: Egypt – Day 2
Moses led his people free from somewhere along the road I cycled today. I suspect it looks just the same now as then (unlike the Nile which is a polluted cesspit – no place for an infant in a papyrus basket).
My perception of Egypt was shaped by childhood trips to the movies. Ben Hur and others. It is very different in real life.
Jan 17, 2019: Cairo – First Day of the Ride
We started before dawn to ride up to the pyramids, the start of this crazy ride. Watched the sun come up over the desert and then bussed to the outskirts of Cairo to avoid the hectic traffic (makes the 401 look free flowing).
With the wind on our backs we cycled down the Gulf of Suez – the first section being through the Sahara. Quite something in its nothingness. Huge open space with no life other than plastic bags and bottles and the occasional scrub bush and scavenging crow. In places it looks like they have spent hours bulldozing sand from one pile to another.
Lots of security check points and freely pointed AK 47s.
Then along the coast South East with dusty resort towns, fish stalls and the occasional patient flamingo trying to be unnoticed. Hotel stay tonight for security reasons (and again tomorrow).
Video from Day One
Jan 16, 2019: Cairo
Before heading off to Luxor, I had to see Tahrir Square.
The sandstorm was surreal as it could have been tear gas.
Tonight Cairo is covered in a layer of dust.
And then I smelled it – rain on dry sand. Well, a few drops anyway.
We ride out early in the morning.
Day 1 of a four month journey.
What was I thinking??
Jan 16, 2019: Cairo
First daily brief.
Jan 12, 2019: Off to Cairo
Packed and ready for the adventure! Will have a few days in Cairo and will be starting the ride on January 17th.
Jan 7, 2019: Preparing for the Adventure of a Lifetime
We are only ten days away from the start date on January 17th.
Between packing and training, the adventure is starting to feel real!
Sep 11, 2018: Announcement
For over 30 years I have had the privilege of working at SickKids Hospital, in one of the leading Intensive Care Units in the world. At the end of this year, that chapter of my career is coming to a close.
In January 2019, I will embark on a life-long dream: cycling from Cairo to Cape Town.
12,000 km 11 countries 100% pedal-powered
As you can guess, planning this adventure is putting a huge smile on my face! And along the way, I will be raising funds for children born with cleft lip and palate – a devastating and very visible condition impacting the lives of many children in Africa, and around the world.
Every dollar I raise will go towards Transforming Faces (TF), a charity that helps transform the lives of children born with cleft to ensure that they can lead happy, smiling lives.
- TF will invest 100% of every dollar I raise towards delivering life-changing care for children born with cleft
- A private foundation has already committed to matching all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000
- Together, our focus will be on providing essential services to kids and families in Ethiopia and Uganda