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©2018 by Omar El Galla

ADVENTURES

On 27 September 2018, I set off on a quest to cycle around Egypt. I cycled 6,500 km in 65 days, solo and self-supported; carrying everything I needed to complete the journey on my bicycle.

 

I stuck to a budget of 50 EGP a day, less that 3 USD, and paid no money in accommodation; wild camping, sleeping rough and relaying on people to host me throughout the journey.

It was my first big adventure, I had no idea what to expect, no idea what I was getting myself into and no idea if I could really pull it off. I just threw myself out there and started pedaling.

It was a true adventure, raw and real. Life-changing to say the least. It was everything I was looking for and more. It was a journey of a lifetime.

After cycling around Egypt I decided to run the length of it. ​The idea started cooking on the last week of cycling around Egypt. Two weeks later I made up my mind, I was going to do it and I had absolutely no idea how.

I ran 1,500 km along Lake Nasser and the Nile River in 36 days, averaging a distance of a full marathon every day, starting from the south near the border of Sudan at Abu Simbel all the way to the north at the city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean sea coast.

 

The run was completed solo and self-supported, carrying everything I needed for the road in my backpack. I again stuck to my self imposed rule of zero cost accommodation; wild camping, sleeping rough and relaying on people to host me along the way.

This journey has transformed me in a lot of ways. It was a true test of my physical and mental abilities. It made me wonder how far can I test and  stretch my limits? what else could be achieved?