The Big Race

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Panzio Brinzi

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

As per usual Mikey and I made all our money back staying in the hotel by eating enough for 10 people at the buffet breakfast - yum.  They even had hot toast. The lovely receptionist helped us out with all of our bags and we loaded up in the freezing cold. Both a bit tired so we decided to just take the fast red road and get some miles done. 18 miles later and we were in Kiskunfeleghaza, a tiny town with a very big name and a very random market in the center. We found a coffee shop next to a bike store and I had one of those special Hungarian cappuccinos whilst Mikey made best friends with the bike shop owner who fixed his front pannier rack.(see photo!) Excellent news which meant that packing control feels a bit more back in order. Another fast 17 miles in the sun and we had lunch in Kistelek for once in a lovely grassy park. Over the last two days from Budapest we have cycled through really dusty rural plains with nothing around apart from snakes, dogs and farmers, but Kistelek seemed much more lively and we started to see schools around and people. The final blast to Szeged went really quickly and even though it was a massive town, we made our way to the center quite easily by 3.30pm. About 10 miles outside the city we over took a young guy obviously on his way home from work. He took this as a challenge and we got into a big race. I could hear his bike rattling as he drafted in behind me and we had to do 20mph for a good 15 minutes before he conceded defeat. We were both pretty tired therefore by the time we got to the city center after 57 miles at a punchy pace all day. We had done this so that we could have some time to relax in the town. Annoyingly didn't happen as the tourist office was impossible to find and unhelpful when we eventually did. Trailed round a lots of full rooms as there was a student convention on. Eventually by 5.30, found a panzio with a nice guy who let us put the bikes in his courtyard. The TV had BBC entertainment channel - IN ENGLISH!! This was very exciting for us and after a quick fast food meal in town we were too tired to go on the internet so snuggled up to watch several different episodes of Casualty, Eastenders and something called 'Sunshine'.
Szeged was a pretty nice town through, with a gorgeous university building and lots going on.
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Up to now, have been really impressed that my daughter and son in law are cycling round the world - to watch Eastenders???!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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