No more sleeps and we are off to Europe. It feels very surreal. Still! One would think reality has hit by now but I will only truly believe we are doing this, once the motorhome is karudelling down the Autobahn towards Flanders and Roubaix.
Over the past two weeks the house contracted. The contents of the in-build wardrobes of the furthest bedroom emptied onto the bed of the spare bedroom, then the shelves, tall boy and bed also disappeared. Homeless bike bits lay strewn all over the floors, making early morning ride preparation double hard. Where were the gloves, lights, Garmin, my pump? The Fixie went into storage eventually. After a last ride on Friday morning it was hard to say good-bye for seven months.
More things spilled into kitchen and open plan living areas and then disappeared into storage, box by box. The bathroom got emptied and cleaned, the linen cabinet, the laundry and then we were sitting on the last few boxes in one corner near the front door.
Funnily, as things got cleaned up here in Oz, boxes turned up at my parent’s doorstep in Germany, creating havoc in their little apartment, too. Two bikes have been delivered last week and various parcels from chainreactioncycles.com with warm winter riding gear and spare tubes and tires and cassettes arrived only days ago. The nightly Skype video calls to Germany felt like calls to Santa Claus.
I was hoping to surprise you with a last race report last weekend, a team’s race of all, but unfortunately Saturday’s Lakeside race was cancelled due to rain, much to the relieve of AMR who didn’t like the idea or the possibility of me crashing so close before our trip.
Monday morning – usually a rest day for most – a few of my friends humoured me with one last ride up Gap Creek Road and coffee in town. A belated farewell ride, after many of last week’s farewell rides rained out, and for those brief two hours I forgot about the boxes that still needed packing and the walls that still needed washing and just enjoyed the experience. The hard work of packing and getting ready on time is just part of it.
The next ride will be on Friday. The weather forecast is promising, 12C Celsius and sunshine and I can’t wait to show Alberto all the places I discovered last October.