An early return

I have had to end my tour prematurely here is my account of one of the most eventful days whilst I’ve been away.  My Internet has been an arse today so no pictures I’m afraid. 

On Wednesday morning I went to walk accross the road and got hit by a car.  I don’t know why I didn’t see the car coming I am however forever grateful that the driver of the car sa me and slammed on the brakes.  I picked myself of the road and walked to a tree to sit against as a witness of the incident called the Police and Ambulance. 
I was taken straight to Westerede hospital by Paramedics, the medic who sat with me asked me questions and apologised for his bad English (really it was fine).  He was great making me feel calm about what has happened.  Once at the hospital I was treated brilliantly.  There was a doctor who spoke good English when she apologised for not communicating better when she was clear and understandable.  I was then cleaned up by a nurse who was forever apologising for hurting me as she cleaned my various scuffs.  I had thorough scans and X rays and was then allowed to leave 6 hours later. Miraculously nothing broken just battered and bruised. 

Upon departure from the hospital I met a face I recognised from the morning.  The eyewitnesses of my accident who called the emergency services had come to pick me up his name was Wilhelm.  Then we went on a whirlwind route to collect my belongings from the campsite where I’d been staying.  He then insisted I stay at his holiday apartment that looked over the lake only after having some dinner. 

Yesterday I organised a flight home and left my bike and belongings in Germany to be collected at a later date.   
I have been left stunned by the medical staff and Wilhelm for being so kind and generous to me.  I wasn’t sure if I liked Germany much until the events on Wednesday which have rocked me emotionally both good and bad.  There are good people everywhere it is a shame you don’t hear about them more often.

Of course it was sunny in Germany yesterday, I’m back home in Wales and it’s raining I woukldn’t want to be anywhere else right now. 

My Internet is being daft so I haven’t been able to attach many pics.

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Take the rough with the smooth on the road.

So I set off from the Lucky Lake hostel with enthusiasm.  I want to see what the almost featureless landscapes will provide in the coming days. 

After a few days staying in fairly ordinary campsites I find one that looks interesting so aim to get to Nij Beets for the evening.  As the day progresses and the sun starts to take its toll I contemplate stopping earlier than planned.  I push to set off and somehow at maybe 10mph fall spectacularly off Ruth and onto the road.  I sit up and shake my limbs to check and it seems I’m ok. That is until I start counting the scrapes I’ve just picked up, just 4 different places I forgot how much grazes hurt. 

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My elbow took the brunt of the fall. But my ankle is not good.

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This is a feeling that I’ve not had since childhood the way that the searing sting of a graze takes me back to being 10 years old.  I decide to push on not wanting to give up.

I made it to a beautiful site which has resident animals too! Such a relief to have some peace after a hard days ride.

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This goat was lonely but enjoyed a good scratch on her head.

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Chickens that will provide an egg for breakfast tomorrow. 

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Amazing breakfast the following day with doggy bag so I took some away for lunch. The peace and great hospitality has helped lift my spirits from where I was the previous afternoon.  Onward to Groningen.

 

The tour goes abroad…

After visiting friends and taking advantage of their kind hospitality I departed last week.
I decided to go around London exploring the home counties North of London.  This area is interesting in the busy traffic whizzing through the small roads (the b-roads that I was on) which were surrounded by the countryside that could’ve been anywhere in England. It really did feel like a green belt as I avoided big towns like Dunstable and Stevenage without getting too close to the Greater London areas.
I made it to Harwich port on Tuesday getting the last ticket on the boat for the overnight crossing.

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So on Wednesday morning I got to Europe to a new expanse to explore.

I can’t state this enough that this is an amazing place to cycle.  There are cycle routes everywhere.  They are nearly always separate from the road traffic which makes it much less stressful.  The only problem is the wind that can be swift and constant in a land where the relief is so uniform. 
I set my sights to get to Amsterdam for the day. Quite a distance at 80km but surely attainable here. I thus went  through and stopped off in Leiden which was a busy small city with so many bikes.  The feeling of being in the minority that I feel in Britain faded away which is interesting as I quite like the comraderie that there is in the UK. 

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I made it to the Lucky Lake hostel which is near Abcoude around 15km from Amsterdam.  This hostel is lovely and quirky.  I like the slightly out of town feel too.  The accommodation here is all in cabins and caravans which is great in the sunshine not sure if it’d work so well in the wet. 

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I’ve managed to get myself a green caravan to myself which is very peaceful.

Today has been a quiet day to recover from the last week. Tomorrow I plan to head into Amsterdam to be a proper tourist.

Setting off on a new adventure.

This is a a long awaited first blog post about my travels.  I have already done one tour this year from home through Wales into England then around the West coast of Ireland.  I meant to do a blog before I left in April but I ran out of time.

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This is my bike, her name is Ruth.

The plan for the immediate future is to do a tour around Europe with the focus on going up to the Baltic states and then down into Eastern Europe.  I haven’t set a definite route as I will be touring alone I tend to make spontaneous decisions which keep things interesting.  I hope to use this blog as a way of documenting my travels where possible using my smartphone so the posts will likely be quite short.  I’m hoping to leave tomorrow.

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This is my attempt to improve my aerodynamics for the road