19 km

Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
Trip End Dec 03, 2009

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Flag of Slovakia  , Zilina,
Friday, August 28, 2009

After saying my goodbyes, I wobbled off, heading north, the opposite direction from which I want to eventually go but nevertheless I was on the move.

It was hot, the sun beat down and I peddled up.  Up, up and up some more, the bike is very heavy and the climbing in such heat nearly finished me off, I had drunk 4 of the 4.5 litres I carry.  The good news is that once you are up, you have to come down and indeed the descent was worth it, but just like dessert it's always gone too soon. 

Top speed for the day and the whole trip so far was 62kph largely due to the fact that after expending so much energy on said climbs even thinki8ng about touching the brakes would be a tradgedy.

I arrived in Namestovo, set up camp next to the lake and collapsed , exausted into the tent just in time to shelter from the next 24 hours of rain.

29th September  19 km

The rain didn't bother me, I had no intention of going anywhere as I was in need of a day of rest after my first day of serious riding.
I constructed a porch for the tent out of binliners and cooked there.

  As the rain turned to drizzle I clocked up a few unladen kilometres round the lake.
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