Since setting tyre in the Netherlands the weather has bebeen gorgeous, sunny, hot and on the most part not windy (apart from that one day, we don't talk about that day ). The houses are adorable and quaint and there is water mostly everywhere, it is like each individual house is on its own island, with a moat and sometimes even a drawbridge for the more dramatically inclined. It's been a wonderful first country to cycle through despite the many MANY people who have warned the weather won't last...but its just so hard to believe them when its so damn sunny!
We had a slight change of route to swing by Eindhoven to meet Lydia, my friend from school on HK who I've not seen for 18 years. I was really nervous before meeting her, I mean 18 years is a long time and what if I couldn't think of anything to say! I sat nervously on the steps of our hostel waiting for her to arrive, looking closely at every blond girl that passed by. But from the moment she cycled up to us I recognised her and it almost felt like the last 18 years hadn't happened and we had a lovely catch up. I'm really glad we made the stop and had the chance to talk about HK as we remember it before going back there for real at the end of this bike ride.
We're about to cross the border into germany and after 15 days on the road i thought I would make a list of all the things that i brought which it turns out,are unnecessary:
1) 4 coats
2) 7 bike lights
3) 1 stove and cooking set which without a small but apparently essential nozzle, is useless.
4) More glasses cases than I have glasses
Not too bad...next blog will be all the thing which i couldn't live without on a bike tour.
A Wheely Long Journey Blog
Charlie and Lou are twins from Cheshire, UK on a mission to cycle back to their childhood home in Hong Kong.