It always seems to happen this way at the end of a chapter, things feel really rushed. Even though I didn’t get to do much this week with my bike in the shop. After I don’t know how many miles it was finally time to get things looked at, it turns out that almost everything that has to do with pushing the bike forward needed to be replaced. I hope this is the only time in the next 4 months that this has to happen.
I guess it has to be said that watching Holland lose the world cup was pretty sobering. After a very tense game losing in the last minute was pretty devastating, plans to go out and celebrate were quickly scrapped and the promise of seeing grown men cry was fulfilled. I have to admit it was fun being in a country whose competing for the world cup, I don’t think it can compare to any sporting event in America, and then on top of that spending it with friends in old and new dutch pubs made it way better.
How do I thank everyone that helped me out in Europe, the list is long and I’m very grateful to each one of them. Europe turned out a lot better than I anticipated though probably not as long as I thought it would have been. I’m quite excited to start the ride across America. I have to confess that my trip through Europe was technically done the easy way with all the river runs I did so America will prove to be a lot more challenging.
I also have to admit there is a certain nervousness about going back to the states, I get it every time I’m headed to a new continent though I didn’t really expect it this time around since I’m sorta headed back home. I’m sure the feeling will wear off once I get back on the cycle. For a guy who tries to avoid big cities heading to The Big City is a little out of character but it’s for a good reason.