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Day 12

All is well

Day 12

All is well

New daily record! After yesterday’s 300 km, today it was 320 km! What a good feeling that makes me forget my pain for a moment. The pedal power was already a lot higher today than the last days. I realize that I can burden my body already more and it adjusts to the required performance.

The endless straight roads are unfortunately not only beautifully lined with pine forests and pink flowers but also ideal for headwinds. The wind was really strong, especially on today’s first 150 km. Additional heavy rains, that started last night and were still here this morning, make the ride pretty cold.

But our good teamwork allows me to fight optimally against wind and weather. Slowly, our processes are really playing well. We start earlier in the morning and the breaks get shorter. Thanks to Viola’s physiotherapeutic mobilization in the morning (and the strong coffee), I manage to get my performance up faster and faster. Today Kerstin accompanied me the first hours in the Race Car, which once again looked like the data center of Ice2Ice. Upload food tables, radio interviews and recordings, because suddenly these tasks are just added to the list.

And in between, she also has to get the smoothies, that were prepared in the camper, to save them for me during the day. I need an enormous calorie intake every day – 15,000 kcal more or less meets my needs. That’s why we rely on smoothies with added power bars to quickly provide carbohydrates. For almost two weeks, the blender has done its best until broke down on the big task today. As long as we can not replace our most important helper in the kitchen, Viola and Viki inventively conjure up other mashes and slurries for me.

After our lunch break (at 5:00 PM), the wind turned and Kerstin took advantage of the good weather and got on the bike herself. Her effort was rewarded with probably the best asphalt conditions so far (She only said: As it should be when princesses travel!). It just feels good when I’m not alone on the road cycling and she’s with me (even if she’s not in my immediate vicinity, as we obviously have to stick to the bike’s distance specified by the regulations).

I can only say: all is well!