Rennerod-Budingen 142kms

Startlingly, the further south I go, the colder and wetter it becomes. If the sun comes out, don’t dare ‘cast a clowt’, because the next weather front is about to descend

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….and that was the story today. But let me sound a poetic note….Oh would that I could…..use some factor 30 tomorrow!
But last night, Wendy very kindly let me stay the night in her little holiday home

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…but she never forewarned me it came unfurnished, unheated, and with rather too much ventilation for a perishingly cold night. I had to wear all my clothes….in layers going 6 deep (and I hear some of you saying, but you’re not carrying that many in the first place…but let me tell you…..oh yes I am!).
But Wendy’s little home does come with a stunning lakeside view, as I discovered at 4.30am, when I got up for a ‘you-know-what’

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and the dawn chorus was just beginning to break the silence….
Apart from the freezing temperatures, was it a comfortable night? Moderately, I would say. Lying corner to corner, it was a snug fit, but Wendy really must get the builders in to finish off the pointing….it was seriously draughty last night!
My route today was a bit of a forced pace through wind and rain, but there were moments, like this stretch along a babbling brook

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….and action selfies will invariably be of my back…..I mean, what else can you do with only a 10 second delay?

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You try mounting a bike and riding towards the camera.
And if you are fed up of the European elections, I must have seen this nameless lady a thousand times in as many kilometres. And she’s not even a candidate…..

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Let me finish off with this little encounter, something I’ve being wanting to do ever since I started. As I stopped to examine some waymarkers, two young ladies on bikes stopped to help. Where are you going, they asked. This was the very lead I wanted. “Can you tell me which way to Istanbul, please?”. There was a long silence….then one of them pointed vaguely to the SE. But that’s in Turkey, isn’t it? I think so, I said. But that’s a long long way……  OMG, I said, no-one told me that…..(giving my reply an innocent note of astonishment).
They were two perplexed ladies…..until that is, I smiled and they eventually realised they had been taken for a little ride by this English lad in lycra.
As I left, one of them shouted…”If in doubt, just keep going SE!”.
So now I can throw away all my maps….

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 12, 2014, in Kimbolton to Istanbul 4000kms: a crusader's route and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Similar situation in Lincoln where I had been watching the Grand Prix: Freewheeling in pedestrian area, I was asked where the race finish was located. “Keep climbing and you’ll get there” I replied. “It’s in the square next to the Cathedral!”.

  2. Impressive distances, Frank. The Giro boys won’t go that far today.

    • Oh, the Giro boys are pretty soft….after all they are paid handsomely just to ride their bikes……which they don’t clean and maintain…..nor do they sleep in tents at night…..you know the story.

  3. If it’s any consolation to you, Frank, we had appalling weather too in Cambridgeshire yesterday. I got completely soaked in a hail storm while cycling back from Cambridge around midday. Today is better so far and the next two days promise some fine weather. Elections? I think I’ll vote Green as befits a cyclist, railway enthusiast and an allotment gardener.

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