lessons learnt and random thoughts from the last few weeks:
- being nice to people all day every day is tiring
- as is driving hundreds of kilometres day after day,
- parking badly is the way to go
- mountain animals are far too friendly for their own good.
- too much driving on mountains leads to lying in bed at night still swaying side to side with the echos of all the bends
- never trust shortcuts around mountain passes. Something will always occur.. be it insane roads and tight squeezes or bike accidents.
- in a battle of bike vs bollard - bollard wins.
- carbon fibre really is worryingly thin and brittle. See previous.
- new garmin models are rubbish, spent far too much time trying to get them to work last week than anyone should have to
- I can't wait to go back to Spain again..it's only been a week but I miss it. France just isn't the same.
- I miss the Spanish tour generally, though am enjoying the hiatus.
- after 11 weeks on the road, being in never ending hostals has finally led to waking up in the middle of the night and having absolutely no idea where I am anymore. It's very disconcerting.
- The littlest things can make the world of difference to people
- I had the strange experience of being stalked last week. Very odd and a little worrying, but very sweet to see the guys I was with become so protective.
- there is always a way
- being tired to the bone is a great way to overcome normal worries like talking in front of a groups, heights, and generally anything other than getting done whatever it is that has to be done. Wine and beer also helps.
- an 'eventful' week/trip leads to great stories.
- on meeting a fellow from the south west with a west country accent, I felt quite strangely nostalgic for home and wanted him to keep talking.
- the Angliru is a complete bastard monster of a climb but I am strangely now thinking of ways to go back and try to beat it. Sucker for punishment me.