Gentle Pressure, Relentlessly Applied
Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
29Trip End Aug 29, 2013
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Today we crossed the Rhine into Germany. A very easy, flat 67k (about 40 miles) on another beautiful sunny day (about 78 F) w/ little wind.
We're staying in a nice luxury hotel in Freiberg for a rest day tomorrow. Freiberg is a college town of about 230,000 and sits in the heart of a major wine-growing region
I'll miss practicing my French (thought my pronunciation was excellent as I read off town names and menu items). I'll also miss sharing a pastry and cafe au lait each morning w/ the boys but we've already discovered soft pretzels and streusel. Unfortunately, when I try to read German out loud it sounds like I have a bone stuck in my throat.
So it looks like we have another beautiful sunny week ahead. And the last few days w/ Jules and Rodney....
Jules and Rodney became friends in 2008 in Tel Aviv after Jules heard about a man (Rodney) who'd just ridden across America to raise money ($100k!!!) for cancer after losing his wife to pancreatic cancer. The two of them eventually rode a transcontinental ride from St. Petersburg to Lisbon. Rodney has also ridden across Israel several times as well as being a veteran of the 2010 Tour D'Afrique which took him from Cairo to Capetown ( he had to use an Australian passport to get through Sudan). A retired hotel developer and manager, he managed a 5 star hotel in Jerusalem where he's hosted many heads of state and Christian evangelists (we had an interesting discussion about John Hagee who's stayed there several times)
So hopefully our beautiful weather, safe journey and growing fellowship will continue. I'll try to take every opportunity I can to share a little about the places and people I come to know along the way. Because it's really NOT about the bike....;-)