Rimas had taken part in the Transcontinental Race from London to Istanbul. That race has an audax feel about it. Not many people know about it. There were only two controls on the way. Riders choose their own route. Self-suffiency is so revered that drafting is frowned upon and made into one of only 10 rules. Cyclechatters were glued to the live tracking screen for at least 11 days 7 hours and 21 seconds. A few other participants were known to us also. And Juliana Buhring caught the eye as the only female rider.
|Rimas deciding what cake to eat|
|New way out of London|
|It got wet.|
|Caption competition ...|
There are reports of people missing a turning. I had a few moments of hesitation myself. So let me share a top tip with budding way markers: stay with your bike and point your bike in the direction of travel. There is more you can do, but that is a good starter.
Anyhow, I 'd like to thank all way markers, TECs, riders I chatted with, Rimas, and Simon for making it another memorable ride.
Now, I'm going to read 'Not Without My Sister', a book co-written by Juliana Buhring, about her upbringing and escape from a cult. Thanks to meim for highlighting that. And do read Juliana's blog post on the Transcontinental Ride. It's well written. Phrases such as 'the second winner' are used. Beautiful!
Next ride is ... Whitstable!
Rest of the photos are here: MyPhotos