Since crossing the Austrian Alps and entering Slovenia I’ve had three days to slowly make my way to Ljubljana airport to meet Ellie who will be joining me for the rest of the tour and Charlie, who arrives two days after Ellie, who will join us for about three weeks.
I’ve cycled alone for a week now and in some very remote places. The only contact I’ve had with other people has been briefly when cycling over the Alps and at lake Bled in Slovenia where I attracted the attention of a few tourists that had never seen a cycle-tourer before. One guy asked if the solar panel on the back of the bike was there to power it along; if I could produce that amount of power from 25cm2 of photovoltaics then I might be able to solve the world’s energy problems. I didn’t say that to him however, I just kindly explained that it was for my phone, e-reader and laptop. This only served to produce an even stranger question as he then looked at my bike and asked me if, since it wasn’t electric, whether I had to pedal it.
Anyway, after a week and only occasional, and often strange conversations with tourists and other cyclists I’m really looking forward to meeting with Ellie again, who’s been living and working in New Zealand for the last 7 months as a midwife.
My plan is to build her bike up at the airport and cycle the roughly 10 miles south to Ljubljana city where we’ll grab accommodation for a few nights whilst we wait for Charlie. Also it will give me a great chance to clean my clothes and tidy my gear up. It’s coming up to three weeks since I left my home in Leicester but in some ways, with the arrival of new people, it feels like the tour is just about to begin, although I won’t forget the great first two weeks with Joe that helped to get me here.
Long gone is the wet stormy northern Europe climate, last night it was 25°C at about midnight! Puuurfect, I love the heat…