(WARNING:I havent had a chance to spell check)
I crossed over the 1000km Yesterday! I did 132km and it takes my total to 1130 for the trip so far. It was the last big test Yesterday, and it’s one of those tests where I’ve literally only just passed!
I could only check out from my hotel at 9am as the earliest, the last few days I’ve been leavin for 7am, but even then I didn’t end up leaving until 10am. So I was late for the test, I hadn’t filled my water bottles so I only had dregs left and because my hotel was in the middle of Nowhere I’d eaten all my extra food the night before. Essentially I’d woken up late for the test, forgot my pen and and forgot to revise the night before.
To be fair, even with this stupidly bad preparation, the first 60km was done in 3 hours and I felt good. From then it all went a bit wrong. The way I work these rides, I don’t think- I’m doing 132km today. I break it down into little segments. Best example of this is when I worked in retail, when ever I was on a 9 hour shift, It was never 9 hours. It was 2 hours until break, then 1 hour 45 until lunch, then 2 hours until break and then I was going home in 1 hour 45! I do the exact same on the bike. I take it one Google maps direction at a time, be that 800 metres or , like today, 36km. So when I had 72km left and I got told to turn onto a road for 36km, I thought. Sweet!!! When I’ve done that I’ve only got 36km to do!!!
In theory this method is great. The only problem was, this was a essentially a motorway, with the speed limit being 90km and there wasn’t any cycle path. I’m not Normally bothered by this, I hug the grass, just in case anything gets too close I can jump onto it. I did this for about 10km but then, there began this metal rail that looked like it carried on the whole way. I was stuck between trucks and metal, so I thought bugger this, and took the next turn off to find another route.
This took me through a massive forrest that I ended up get lost in for 4 hours and only doing 30km. It was hard work, there were no roads, any path were sand, which is impossible to ride through and when I got onto a dirt track it was soaked and like a muddy glue. That said though, it was beautiful, it had this mist amongst all the trees and it was so dense with this trees I couldn’t see past maybe 50 metres because it was just like a wall!
After that I got out of the forrest and I was still on these dirt route for about another 20km. I can’t describe how much it takes it out of you, to ride on the dirt tracks and uphill as well. Especially because I hadn’t eaten or drank anything all day. I just had no energy, where normally I’d average 18-20km an hour, it got to the point where I was struggling to get to 10km. It was like try to pedal through Caramel or something. At this point I went out of my way to find a garage and the person in it was shocked at how much I ate! 2 Mars bars, 3 pepperami stick things 1 big cheese baguette 1 ham baguette and a big bag of Haribo with a litre of Coke. All in about 10 minutes!
I felt the energy start to really spark after that, I had a big uphill slog afterwards, again on dirt tracks, to get to my hotel and I breezed through it. Something that really gives you an extra boost on these uphill routes are the views at the top, I don’t think my photos do it justice, but these views are incredible, especially yestersay when the sun was on its way down.
Only a short 86km today to Brandenburg. Its a good job to be fair, my back is in a real state at the moment and it’s a good job I’ve only got 2 short rides left!