Crash & London
Trip Start May 06, 2012
41Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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Unfortunately, it had been raining alot over night and on one corner I took a proper tumble. I had thought that the puddle going over the edge of the corner was over tarmac and so crossed it, only to discover it was mud. And as I discovered the soil in Fargo is mainly clay and when wet is very slick and so not only did my back wheel sink into the mud but it also slipped and I ended up in a big heap in a big muddy puddle. I was ok bar my ribs, which had taken a smack on the handlebars on the way down, and my pride wasn't feeling too great either because I had fallen opposite 3 fishermen, who were kind enough to wait to see that I was ok before having a good giggle at my muddy expense
After riding 30m I went back to the hotel and packed, one bag that would remain at the hotel until my return and the other that had my valuables (Mac, camera etc) and the items I didn't need on the trip which I would take home with me. I had planned to leave my bike at the hotel, which they had kindly agreed to the night before, but I had seen a very big bike shop about 2 blocks from my hotel which was fortunately open on Sunday (even on Memorial weekend) so I popped in and they were very happy to give my bike a full service and allow me to pick it up in 10 days time when I return to Fargo - though they were a little surprised to see how muddy my bike was till I explained about my crash!
Having checked out, it really dawned on me that I would be returning to London and I was very happy. The only small niggle was that in just over a week I would be back in Fargo with another 2000 miles to cycle! I was not sure that I would be feeling as happy or as joyous on my way back to Fargo as I was on leaving.
It has been an amazing trip so far with all sorts of weather and all sorts of terrain and all sorts of accommodation and food. I just hope that the 2nd half of the trip is as enjoyable, that the winds are as helpful and that I have greater flexibility on where I am able to stay. The latter is actually quite important because as I am reliant on Motels or Hotels it has been quite frustrating that my route so far has not given me any options on where to stay because the distance between towns where there is a Motel or a Hotel has been 70-90m which means that you have to do that in a day and this has made me very beholden to the weather conditions because if the wind isn't right then I am not able to do that distance in a day. I am hoping that the Eastern states are more developed and more populated so I have the flexibility of somewhere to stay every 20-30m rather than every 70-90m!
Other than that I am looking forward to what will hopefully be an amazing Jubilee weekend back in the UK and I will return to the bike and the blog next week. Till then be well and all my best......