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Day 25

Not running smoothly right now

Day 25

Not running smoothly right now

Sometimes, so much happens in one day, it could easily last for a week. In addition to all the turmoil and the tedious headwind, we clocked in a little bit over 200 km. This wind is really gruelling and requires tremendous pedalling for such a low speed. In this wind, usually, nobody would ever think of getting on a bike at all!

The wind was not everything that burdened us today. We had a very long lunch break because unofficially we already knew what we told you in the evening: my longtime cameraman, photographer and friend Chris had to leave the project due to illness. The high temperatures in the campervan and the high stress load are just too exhausting for a recovery. Unfortunately, we had to give up our hope that he would join us again after a few days. In order not to cause long-term damage to his health, he decided with a heavy heart to leave for good. That hurts me and the whole team. We will miss him!

During this unexpected change in the team, the generator of the campervan decided to run down. The generator is necessary for our survival because without it neither the coffee maker nor the smoothie maker work. Oh yes, a functioning air conditioning would be very convenient too at 40°C. In an attempt to repair it, we parked without a permission on a company parking lot. It was not long before a man came out of the building. We thought he was going to tell us to leave, but instead, he brought us two jars of peanut butter: we parked on the grounds of a peanut butter factory! After we told him why we were here, he also tried to help us with the repair. Unfortunately, everything did not work out and we had to go to a real repair shop. The extremely nice mechanics inquired about the model of the generator, which unfortunately we did not know. After looking at us questioningly, he just asked: “What kind of engine is it? A green one?” Funnily enough enough, it actually was a green model, and he’d fixed it with his team in less than an hour.

Even if almost nothing is running smoothly right now, somehow everything turns out to be okay. The helpfulness of the people is simply unbelievable. Many thanks to all who support me and my team! Without you, this adventure would not be possible.