The long way round

From Aswan to Alexandria, through the sweltering desert by bike is a dog of a journey, writes Fearghal O'Nuallain.

27th January, 2013
Fearghal O'Nuallain and a companion on the road in the Egyptian desert.

The world is round. That's a fact, isn't it? But it wasn't always thus. At times people believed that the world was flat and monsters devoured those who wandered too close to its edge.

Eratosthenes was a Greek mathematician living in Alexandria in Egypt in the third century BC. He was one of the first person to suggest that the world was round. He sought to measure the Earth's circumference by using the distance from...

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