Fun as it is to have short-term stokers, it’s never really possible to find a good balance and rhythm. So it is with great relief that I have finally been able to welcome my first long-term stoker, Kez Traynor, and report that the match and balance has been brilliant. This isn’t the first time we’ve toured together, along with another good friend (Mike Davis), we rode John O’Groats to Lands End back in 2007.
However, given the distance we have to cover (2,000km to Turkey), and our mode of transport, I am quite sure this ride will be our most challenging ride yet.
So with all that said, how has our first day been? Well, we cycled more than 160km from our hostel in Alessandria, the biggest daily distance of my ride thus far. We’ve been treated to free food and drink courtesy of the kind staff at McDonald’s in Pavia…had many a close shave with numerous lorries…and thoroughly tested out the bike too.
It’s definitely been a shattering day…but we’ve managed to find a fairly nice campspot near to a shopping centre (see picture) and also taken a shower using our 5 gallon water container. I imagine the cctv operators at the shopping centre will have a few laughs when they see two Englishman – with patchwork tans – lathering up outside their shopping complex!
Anyways, mossie net is up, 1/2kg of pasta has been despatched…only one thing left – sleep!!
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