Win, a friend of the family, lives in Vienna and was more than willing to put me up while I was visiting the city. I’d been before, but this was my first time alone. The previous visit had been just before I was about to graduate uni and ended up with some impressive sunburn as I fell asleep at a swimming pool just outside the city. With that in mind, I was quite glad to see it was generally overcast.
He had been out of town to play bike polo and so wasn’t due in until late in the evening.
Even though we’d been out drinking the night before, I was up with the sun. I took a while to leave as I didn’t want to wake Jaime up too early, but I was on the road just after 6am buying a bag of bread that looked like hotdog rolls for breakfast, even though Jaime’s mum had offered to make me something, to try to avoid the heat. Like the previous days, it actually was really sunny and got quite hot for a couple of hours, but by the time I’d ridden the 45km to the border
In my last few days back home I got very little sleep. I was trying to catch up with things that I’d just not got round to during my time back home. I figured that 3 weeks would be plenty to get everything done, but I procrastinated plenty and was busy doing other things. A perfect example of that was that it took me the best part of two weeks to start working through the mountain of photos I took while in Cuba. I’d arrived back sure that I’d get on that quickly, but it took
Tulum is famous for its ruins and beautiful beaches. Thankfully our Couchsurfing host, Tim, who had moved down to Mexico three years ago to escape the monotony of the daily grind in the US, had told us we could stay for as long as we wanted. The ruins are about 5 km out of town, and even though we were up early, we didn’t get there until about 10am. Being a Saturday, that didn’t end up being the best idea because it meant that the mammoth car park was almost full when we turned up.
After almost a month, it was finally time to leave Cincinnati. I’d used the time to get some new things for my trip including two tyres, a wheel-lock, a chain, a bell and some legwear. I’d taken my bike to a shop to replace the chain, the first thing I’d had to replace outside of the spokes. The old chain probably still had a couple of thousand miles in it, but I was in no need to try to squeeze every inch of life out of it. When replacing my chain, the mechanic told me that