Tuesday 18 May 2010

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This is my 50th post. It's also my most important one so far, as I'm using it to pay several debts of gratitude.

Thank you to everyone who left me messages of support during stage 1 of my trip. They kept me going at times when I was on the verge of giving up. The weather was truly atrocious, especially on Sunday and Monday. Many people in the region have seen their homes flooded by rivers bursting their banks. Bohumín (the official start point of my trip) has been particularly badly hit. My heart goes out to the victims. At least I had a warm, dry flat to come home to.

I particularly want to thank my wife, Jitka, for letting me do my own selfish thing for a few days and for being a rock of support when I was at a low ebb. What would I do without you?

I'd also like to thank my cousin Martin, who mentioned my trip in his latest piece as guest writer for the Travel Plan Idea Blog. Thanks, Martin!

Stage 1 has given me much to reflect on and much to learn from. I'll be writing about it here in detail over the next few weeks. But before that, I need to give the bike some tlc. It's soaked up some unbelievable punishment over the last few days and got me safely to my destination. There's no point thanking an inanimate object, of course, but I think I'll give it a hug all the same.

PS You can now listen to my previously unsuccessful audio postcard from Eagle Mountains here: http://www.box.net/shared/61p7astpfy.
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Karen said...

Well done Simon! The area where you rode is all new to me so it was so interesting to hear all of your observations. The audio postcard is a wonderful addition to your blog. Audio can communicate things print cannot. I'm very much looking forward to your next stages. It's great you are taking time to absorb the local culture along the way too.

Circuit Rider CZ said...

Thanks, Karen. The area was new to me as well. Parts of it felt quite cut off from the rest of the country. As for absorbing the culture, that's one of the main aims of my trip. However, it's difficult to find a balance between doing that and getting the miles covered. The adverse weather on this stage meant I had rather less time for culture than I would have liked. Future stages will, I hope, be more relaxed.

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