Marty the Motorcycling Giraffe
Story 23 Marty and Peter’s trip to the pyramids (Part 2 Marty and the pharaoh)
Marty the motorcycling giraffe and his good friend Peter Ngono are on a long road trip to go and see the great pyramids of
Giza in . Egypt
They had spent the first night of their trip camping on the side of the road alongside the Sahara desert just inside
Egypt and just over the border from . Sudan
Where they had met the rather obnoxious camel Quentin; who Marty had beaten in a Motorcycle versus quad bike race. After the race with Quentin, Marty and Peter headed off through the desert towards
The desert sun was very hot and it made the trip very difficult, they had to stop several times to take a drink and cool down.
After a few hours of riding the motorcycle Marty and Peter stopped at an Egyptian town called Asyu, which is on the side of the mighty River Nile, for their dinner.
Peter had a large bowl of Kashari (an Egyptian food made from pasta, lentils, chick peas and a spicy tomato sauce) but of course Marty just had his favourite food, a large pile of twigs and leafs.
After they had finished their meal, Marty and Peter carried on with their long journey, following the river Nile north towards
. At last after several more hours they arrived at Giza. Giza
Peter was very excited, he had always wanted to visit the Pyramids every since he had read about them in school when he was just a small boy.
Marty and Peter paid a guide to take them round the three pyramids of
and to tell them all about the pyramids. Giza
The guide told them that the three pyramids are called “the great pyramid of Khafu (the largest pyramid in Egypt and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the pyramid of Khafne and the smallest of the three which is called the pyramid of Menckune.
The guide took Marty and Peter into the main entrance of the Khafu pyramid and into a long tunnel that led to the burial chamber. As the tunnel’s roof is very low and Marty is very tall he had to crawl on his knees and bend his neck down very low to be able to fit into the tunnel.
The guide told Marty and Peter all about the curse of the Pharaohs’ and how the legend says that the Mummies will come alive and go after anyone who breaks into the pyramids.
After they had come out of the pyramid Marty and Peter went to look at the magnificent Sphinx, which stands at the front of the pyramids.
Marty was amazed by the sight of the Sphinx that is as long as two football pitches and taller than a lot of the high buildings in
Marty told Peter that when he looked at the Sphinx’s face it felt like it was looking back at him.
This made Peter laugh “you are daft Marty it is just a big statue”
That night Marty and Peter decided to camp next the pyramids and put their tents up.
After supper, Marty was very tired and soon fell asleep in his tent (with his head sticking out of his tent as usual).
Then in the middle of the night Marty was woken by a strange voice, he opened his eyes to see the Sphinx looking down at him.
“Marty” said the Sphinx “you must go to the pyramid entrance, the Pharaoh wants to see you”
Marty was quite scared but thought that he had better do as he was told and nervously crept around to the front entrance of the great pyramid, where he saw an Egyptian mummy all wrapped in bandages, standing there.
“I am the pharaoh Khufu” roared the Mummy “and you entered my tomb and broke the sacred rules and now you must pay!!!”
“Nnnno” gibbered Marty “it was just a guided tour””
“No matter I will still get you” roared the Mummy and it started to walk towards Marty.
Marty tried to run away but felt the mummy’s strong hands on his shoulder shaking him.
“No!!” Marty shouted and he opened his eyes to see Peter standing by him and shaking him,
“Wake up Marty, you are having a bad dream” said Peter “it must have been eating too many twigs and leafs before bed time”.
“Oh thank goodness that’s all it was” laughed Marty and went back to sleep.
The next morning Marty and Peter laughed about Marty’s bad dream, and so it was time to pack up their tents and set off on the long journey home.
“It was a fantastic trip” said Pete “and the pyramids and the sphinx are fantastic things to come and see.”
“Yes” replied Marty “it was quite an adventure, now lets get home”
Marty enjoyed his trip to
, but thought that it will be good to get home as he is sure there will be many more adventures to be found for Egypt
Marty the motorcycling Giraffe
Marty's year of adventures continues next Saturday (03 December 2011) with story 24 Marty and the famous movie star)