Current Location: Amsterdam, Holland
It seems I’ve chosen the epicenter of sporting at the moment. With Holland going to the championships of the world cup and the Tour de France starting in Rotterdam this year. I managed to get down to the southern part of Holland to catch the peloton fly by. It was 3 hours of waiting for 10 seconds of sheer madness, totally worth it. There was a massive amount of people along the whole 200+ km course, and the little town I was in was no exception, I guess any excuse to get out and drink is taken when available. I must admit that my respect for the tour has grown immensely since I’ve done some of the distances these guys do, just not at the speed they do it at. I’m not sure how it is possible for them to keep up the cadence they do day after day, to me it seems super-human. It’s easy to wax poetic on how difficult the race can be as many authors already have and in my mind there is no competition in the world that comes close to the difficulty of the tour, how these guys push themselves to the razors edge of perfection day after day baffles me.
And then along comes the world cup, something I also have to admit not paying much attention to. Comes with being American I guess. It’s hard to not get caught up in it over here, wildly evident after crossing the border from Germany into Holland whole towns are festooned in orange banners, almost like Queens day all over again. I’ve been able to catch the last 2 games, I usually don’t even know what day it is but it’s easy to figure out when the games are. Just go through a town completely empty and you wonder where everyone is until you get to the pub, park the bike and enter the fray. Watching the game last night in Amsterdam was pretty crazy and I can imagine things will only get better on Sunday.
I must admit being without a definite direction makes for a little more difficult cycling. But I’ve managed to keep on the bike every day since leaving Copenhagen. Choosing to fly out of Holland means my training for going across America I probably could have chosen a more appropriate country like Germany or anywhere else really. Not many hills here so I’ll have to see how I do with hills in a few weeks.