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Day 10: A tough decision

Posted by admin On Julio - 20 - 2010

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A rest day

IVAN: Heavy rains and fierce gales first thing in the morning. No surprise there. Strong southerly winds and stream currents from the Atlantic Ocean unleash their fury on us day after day. But not today; they won’t catch us on the hop. Today we’ll ram a rest day down our throat. Our muscles and sinews, damaged due to tandem biking posture and to the weight we have to drag, will truly appreciate it.

Now, we have to work the problem of the route plan. The dreadful mistake in planning the route made us go back 90 kilometers. The original route plan led us to Stockholm along a coastal road which could be, in theory, cycled; but this road was downright dangerous (it was a highway with no shoulder!) and, as a result, we couldn’t take it. So as to make up for those 90 kilometers we had to go backwards, we will try to catch any means of transport that will help us get those 90 kilometers back. We don’t want to get closer to our destination but rather, we want to get to a strategic spot on the Swedish map that lets us arrive in Stockholm and not spin our wheels. Concerning the number of kilometers, no worries, they’ll end up being the same number and, hence, we’ll raise the same amount of money for our fight against cancer. The spirit of our challenge won’t be broken, and there’s no way our effort will be wasted.

We’re really looking forward to getting to more thickly populated areas! During the last stages, we’ve been cycling among sparsely inhabited areas; through woods…these routes are the ones that spoil things: we have to take last-minute decisions and suffer a series of mishaps ;-)  

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