After a day like yesterday and it’s frustrations (and potentially because of two beers), I had slept in. 10 hours of sleep felt very good though.
Leaving Barcelona was almost as bad as coming in but with much less traffic – and much more cyclists.
I had lunch in the famous little tourist hotspot Lloret de Mar – and was not very impressed. However, the little bay is nice.
Since long, my weather app had predicted rain for today. Cycling in the rain at this temperature is no fun. I still have a trauma from my cycling trip through Scotland 30 years ago – my first zis travel – where it had rained almost every single day.
However, miraculously it did not rain. Actually, the weather turned out to be quite nice.
Also, in the afternoon I cycled a very beautiful coastal road with a lot of climbs but with amazing views. And the best: there were practically no cars.
My hotel as a heating – so I could wash my clothes – and can be sure that they will be try tomorrow. Pure luxury.
After all, a bad day turned out to be a good one at the end. 270km still to go until Montpellier.
Insight of the day: Don’t complain about the rain before the drops are falling.
About 30 years ago, two zis scholarships helped me to broaden my horizon, expand my understanding of what is possible, and develop more self-confidence. zis is a non-profit organization that has been awarding scholarships for study trips to young people between the ages of 16 and 20 for more than 60 years. Today, the word we use for tenacity and grit is resilience - and I've made it my profession, to help managers around the world to develop more of this inner power.
In retrospect, the experiences I've had on these trips to Scotland and Iceland have been priceless for my development. After having had a childhood with some challenges, I learned that I could cycle 1,700km on my own and get wet every day without despairing. I have learned that I was able to get along with only 300 € for 4 weeks and still had a good time. I have learned what it's like to be threatened with deportation and how to get an interview with the President from such a crisis. I have understood that limitations are primarily constructs in our heads, and I want to make these insights available to as many adolescents as possible.
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auch wenn wir nicht jeden Tag kommentieren, so sind wir doch täglich mit dabei und freuen uns an deinen Berichten und Filmen.
Unglaublich, dass du die letzten 16 Tage ununterbrochen auf dem Rad warst!
Wir haben einen riesen Respekt vor deinem Willen, deiner Ausdauer und deinem Hintern!!
Torge und Nina
Nr. 11 waren wir, wenn es so weiter geht, werden wir wohl nochmal ins Säckerl greifen müssen…