This morning I was the one who got up before everybody else. I grabbed my stuff and dragged it to the station, where the bus stop was. I had decided fr the airport bus and against the taxi because I thought that the packe but still pretty big bike would be easier to transport.
The bus had no actual suitcase compartment but t was a bus like you sometimes ave on airports to go between the terminals, with a rack for luggage. And it was full. But we managed. I think people just did not have the energy to protest at this time f day.
My well-wrapped but massively heavy package (bike only!):
To check the bike in, I had to buy a box at the airport anyway because they would no accept it without bx. Well, actually I felt better with the box anyway.
Even on an airport you can find mystical views if you pick the right time of day:
In Santiago we left bang on time, everything was quiet and few people were around. Spaniards are no early risers.
Barcelona was seething humanity. This looked a little like Dusseldorf when I had left three weeks ago on the first day of the German holidays, only worse.
Prices for everything were through the roof, it was full and noisy, what a culture shock (another one!) Welcome back in real life!
We lifted off more than an hour ate after a good hour queuing on the airfield. Hmmm…
In Dusseldorf I decided to leave my bike packed to get home quicker and manhandle the bike home somehow. I was fed up with this.
The train-journey went without further problems, and at the station in Siegburg I was welcomed by my three girls.
Since I had to go to work the next day, thislast blog-post was not written until mch later, sorry about that. Nonetheless, here are some numbers for the whole tour:
- Start: Cologne Cathedryl
- End: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
- Cycled kilometers: 2553 (1586 miles)
- Days n the bike: 30
- Punctures: NONE!
- Heightmeters: over 30,000 (98,400 feet)
- wight reduction rider: ca. 3 kg (in 3 weeks), that’s almost half a stone
- Donationa raised (as of September 2017): 1280 €
Thankyou all so much who have donated or encouraged and cheered me on in other ways, all above my wife Rachel who supported this tour and let me go cycling for weeks this year!
If you would still like to donate, you can find out how to do so on this page.