I have just arrived back from my Romanian cycle trip and I have to say it was one of the best times so far where scenery and memories were concerned, albeit the absolute worst so far in terms of cycling in pain! Coming back to find out I had exceeded my fundraising target however made it all worth while, so I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me.
For those of you who have been following my adventure, or those taking a new interest in the inadvisable things you can attempt with a bicycle, here is a little about each day -
Day 6 - Afternoon - The sky is looking less kind now and the heavens are about to open. Wet weather gear on for those who have them and off we go again. Torrents in the road. Being sprayed by the trucks going past in both directions and to cap it all we pass a farm where a feed dam has broken and are met by a river of cattle and
pig slurry maybe 6 to 8 inches deep. We ride on through, of course. (Note to self - Maybe don't take a drink for the next few miles until the bottles have been cleaned!)
Day 6 - Evening – We arrive at our final destination. Tired, sore, drier at least as the sun is now shining again. We averaged 21 mph for the last 25 miles, ever so slightly downhill nearly all the way. What a great ending! We scrub up and head out to eat, eleven blokes who have climbed two mountains by bike and broken through the pain barrier with memories that will last a lifetime. Quite clearly, this is why we do it.
We can go home tomorrow, maybe with some sadness of the trip ending but for me with so much happiness at not only taking on my biggest cycle challenge yet but also raising money for such a fantastic cause.
Thank you for sponsoring me, it's been amazing.
Until next time,
Saddle time 41 hrs 15 mins for me, albeit only 28 hrs 15 minutes were actually spent cycling, the rest covers time on the road, food stops etc.
My personal max speed confirmed as 41.1mph.