Into the unknown…
Wrote this three days ago but did not get the chance to post …
Sitting here at the square in Zagreb and thinking of the first part of the adventure as my dream became a reality… Do I really like it… No… I LOVE IT!!! Seeing places I have not seen before and experiencing even more. A different city or town everyday, new people, challenges and preparation for more things to come!
So much have happened since my last journal entry, back in Austria, when I came back from my meeting with Isano. Since Austria all the countries is new to me. Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and now finally Croatia.
Cycling wise its been easy from Vienna to Budapest. Im trying to find a reason on why I have not done a journal in such a long time and I want to say its because not much has happened, but that will be a lie! Since Vienna I bird shit on me, I cycled with my first hangover, police stopped me again, lost my helmet, pitched my tent in the middle of the day to take a nap, was thrown with an egg, took wrong turns again, was back cycling in mud one day for 10km which took me two hours, cycled a few 100km in a long time, slept on a bench next to a lake, hills started to get more, carried my bicycle up a hill, visited the beautiful cities of Vienna, Budapest & Bratislava, flat tyres, cycled with a new friend from Hungary to Slovenia and chilled in one of the world biggest thermal lakes. Sjoe ok, that is what I can remember. Must write more!
I’ve decided that I’ll take some time off in Slovenia to get a good rest before I start my second part of Europe to Istanbul. The cycle from Budapest to Slovenia was not as flat as Mike said it would be 🙂 but personally it was nice to see that Im still able to do continuous long cycles after the short winter days in Europe.
Slovenia was a nice to get a good rest, do nothing but also to properly clean and fix my bicycle after a very though month and a half. I really pushed my bicycle hard through though terrains! Snow, mud, rain, on-road, off-road… Almost everything you can think of. So I took my bicycle apart and cleaned some part I have not cleaned before. I was not feeling good about my hub-gear so had to take the parts I can apart, clean it, re-grease it and put it all together. Now its running as smooth as the day I left Sydney 🙂
I had a good time with Mike in Ormoz chilling out at the house, enjoying local food, local beer, Kurentoranje festival, driving around the Ormoz area, watching the Oscar trail and tension between Ukraine and Russia. Switching off was really something I needed
Lots have happened the last month or so since Ulrich returned to South Africa. Had to get use to new routines, because now I need to do all the things on my own. Cycling is just a small part of this massive adventure. Most of my time the last 6weeks went into sorting routines, time management, what need to be done at what times, forecasts of time and money for the next two years, Visas & Embassies, routes, organizing hosts, photos, video and so much more. Not gonna go into all of them.
Now its into the unknown… Countries I don’t really know what to expect. It crazy how countries surprised me, even when I though I knew what to expect. Thats why Im so exited about the rest of Europe towards Istanbul. Now I’m off the the beautiful coast of Croatia and then Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and the Turkey.
The stories about Croatia is true …. 🙂 The woman is crazy beautiful and I believe the coastal route will also exceed my expectations… And with this I mean the natural scenery 🙂 But I wont complain if there is girls tanning on the beaches 🙂
The adventure is really starting now!! Im exactly where I was looking forward to be for such a long time. East-Central Europe and then into the middle east!! The places where you struggle to get water, food or bicycle parts is normally the ones I enjoyed the most. I’ve always preferred 3rd world countries above 1st world countries for so many reasons.
At the moment Im a bit stressed out on my Passport… I really made a stupid decision before I left South Africa. One of the top things on my bucket list is to have a full stamped passport… So now Im sitting here and actually worrying about when this actually happens! Im not sure if Im gonna make the US with my current one which means I have to get a new one… And getting a new one when you are abroad is not that easy. The only chance now is Istanbul or Akara in Turkey. So I really hope that the South African embassies are able to help me when I get there. Currently busy talking to them and trying to made some plan. Getting Visas is already hard, but getting a new Passport is something else!
Did my first 100km with my Isano Food products 🙂 110km, 5:25 hours of cycling and no other food. I have to say that he first day on this I was really amazed how I felt. I think this was one of my quickest days on my bicycle and felt great throughout the day and after my cycle.
Ok, Im on my way to bed that I can tackle the rest of Croatia tomorrow!!
Cheers for now…