Monday, October 15, 2018

Egyptian man is cycling from Cairo to Russia for the 2018 world cup.


In the marathon journey, which is expected to take 65 days, Nufal will travel through Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.

He is set to fly over Syria, due to the civil war, and will skip Iraq for security reasons. Fair enough, really.

“It’s about the road more than the arrival,” he told Reuters. “If it were just about the World Cup, I would take a plane. It is a great chance for me to see new things.”

In this picture taken with low shutter speed, Mohammed Nufal, 24, rides his bicycle as he crosses Qasr El-Nile bridge, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 7, 2018. Nufal embarked on the long-haul journey Saturday planning to pedal crossing seven countries including Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, on his way to Russia in support to the Egyptian national team playing in World Cup, covering a distance of some 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles). (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Nufal is planning to stay overnight in hostels, but is also hoping that he will be offered beds in hospitable strangers’ home every now and again. He is carrying all the necessary kit on his bike, including spare parts, an extra phone, batteries and camping gear.

The dedicated Egypt fan began his adventure on Saturday from Tahrir Square and was seen off by a group of cyclists, close friends and his mum.

The thing people do for the sake of soccer is really beautiful.



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