Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cycle Touring Day 53

Whereas both Day 51 and Day 52 sucked bottom big time, today was the most enjoyable day I have spent cycling in my life so far, I think. Everything about it was just right.

I had enough of the right food and drink to keep me going; the sun was back with a vengeance; the headwind had blown itself away; the views were amazing, stunning and breathtaking all the at the same time; and even the numerous steep hills were fun today! Hills that I was climbing, in weeks one and two, in 1st and 2nd gear, are now being climbed in 3rd, 4th and 9th. Have my body and mind finally turned a corner?

Today, as I rode a near perfect coastal route, I cried a combination of tears of pure joy, tears of hayfever, tears of sweat and tears of pain as the sun tan lotion dripped from the top of my bonce, down my forehead and into my eyes stinging them beyond belief!!!

I think today's choice in music had a lot to do with it too. I am a huge fan of Pink Floyd and other than squeezing in "Running Down A Dream" by Tom Petty and subsequently the whole 'Full Moon Fever' album because you have to once you've started it, today was all Pink Floyd. It started and ended with 'Meddle' and in-between I played 'Animals', 'The Wall', 'Wish You Were Here', 'Pulse' (Disc 2) which is essentially 'Dark Side of The Moon' Live with Tracks 9, 10, 11 and 12 ("Brain Damage", "Eclipse", "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb" (the greatest version of this song ever I believe)) played on repeat about 10 times at least, 'The Final Cut' and 'The Division Bell". Musical bliss. As I so often do, I ended the day with the 23 minutes and 31 seconds of sheer perfection that is "Echoes". If @PollySamson is reading this, please say thanks to DG for me for his part in my perfect day :)

I've always had lots of energy and stamina for cycling but today it felt quite different to usual. I felt like I could quite literally cycle all night long. I did 125km today and had the light not been running out, I could have and would have pressed on to reach camp even if it was another 50km away at least. I've never experienced a day like it. Hopefully there will be more days like this to come.

Reminds me of a spot on Lago di Garda.

I just love harbours in the late evening sun.

Even motorway architecture looked good today.

As they passed, after a few exchanged greetings, the French, four man crew of this boat sang "God Save The Queen" to me as they sailed off :)

I could have cycled on water today...probably.

As I rounded this corner, I kid you not but DG was singing about ..."staring straight into the shining sun"... as The Division Bell approached its conclusion.

The greatest recording of the greatest guitar solo yet written. IMHO.


  1. You have done cycling for so long, I mean that's great. Cycling is important it is just a part of an exercise in order to keep your body in shape.

  2. That is so beautiful and delightful. Your cycling tour seems exciting and adventurous. It shows that you are having an enjoyable time while cycling through these beautiful places. You should do an essay writing about your experience.