We were all little introspective from our experiences of the last week. Charlie and Skye from their adventures waiting for me, and me from my trip back to the homeland.
We packed up during a small respite from the rain and headed off. It was “soft” rain most of the day. We Are mostly prisoners of our gear. Raincoats, pants, shorts, shoes...all things are purpose and condition specific..however the conditions here change on a dime. Ignoring discomforts is a large part of travel by bicycle. That and extreme and prolonged effort. We thrive on this circumstance. It can be cold or hot. Uphill hot, downhill cold. What happens is a sort of dissociation from the circumstances, a zen state. You are focused on the physical necessities of riding a loaded bicycle and not killing yourself at speed, at the same time, a great part of your thinking mind can wander where it wants. I think this may be a major part of the allure of this sport and others like it. The bull falls away, some clarity is available.
This was just such a day. Relatively easy ride through pretty countryside on friendly roads in mild rain. We met a dutch couple on a tour, saw a beautiful speedy river..wound up in a bnb in Tobecurry with Peter and Mary. They had a fully set up cabinet shop in the building behind the house. Oh, how i love the smell of sawdust! Their setup from a tool standpoint was remarkable. Charlie and i enjoyed our tour.
This was an unremarkable and pleasant day. Many miles. Goodbye Chuck.