Here we go! I can almost not believe it or rather not realize it at all. It’s still kind of hard for me to do all this. I will really process it in the next days or weeks.
The goodbye group is small, as many also have to work. Yet I have already received shouts from many people. I’m beginning to realize that this could be a bit more of a project than just going to Gelsenkirchen, well, wait and see.
My first destination is about 100 km away (really great without a year of training), I don’t think I can do it, but I still drive:)
The WDR was also still to visit and I actually made it into television!
The first day was the hardest I’ve experienced. It was between 3 – 5 degrees, rain/hail, headwind, it went almost only uphill and the course stretched enormously. I was often allowed to push my bike up.
My motivation was on the zero point and I was not really happy. I was shivering from the cold. I wanted to go home to bed. Nevertheless I kept on driving and fought (!) myself from kilometre to kilometre.
I also cheated, I took the train for the first 15 km, because I knew I couldn’t do it anyway.
At 10 pm, a few kilometres before the finish when my battery ran out of my mobile phone and got power for a short while in a french fries shop, I found my destination ( friends).
Now I am in the Sauerland, the sun is shining and a wonderful view of the wooded mountains is in front of me (photos will appear in the next article). I was told how the deer walk around here every now and then, how the village lives, that buses drive here less often, that one is dependent on the car, that it is very difficult to cycle here and and and and. Really great little stories.
My feet hurt a little from running, my calves are exhausted, my knee hurts, my thighs are heavy and my back hurts. But everything else is fine. I rest (probably 1 day) and then drive a not quite long and hard way. I’m beginning to get used to it. But then my journey continues in peace, it should even get nice and warm, oh wonderful 🙂
As soon as I have internet again, I will post another article here.