Another blown tire

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Flag of Hungary  , Pest,
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 26, Tuesday July 20

As I’m topping up the pressure in my rear tire the tire blows out. It’s as loud as a gunshot right next to my ear. If anyone in the vicinity was still sleeping they are surely awake now. The pressure must have gotten lower than I thought the previous days and the bead got damaged enough to blow out. After only 5 days of riding the tread was already worn bald. That has to be the shortest lived tire I’ve ever known. I hope that the spare I bought in Vienna will last much longer. If not at least it makes my bike look cooler with its whitewalls.

The morning is another long climb, and this time steeper, up onto the ridge before diving back into the Danube valley. I’m passed by a couple young guys with hardly any gear. They are faster than me on the uphill, but despite their lighter loads and full size bikes I’m keeping pace on the level sections.

The guide book says to turn once again into the hills alongside the Danube but I ignore this to follow the marked EuroVelo route. The guide book is several years old and the trail and signage in Hungary has seemed to improve since it was published.

Even with the shorter route it becomes apparent that I will not reach Budapest today at a reasonable hour so I stop at Tahitotfalu, some 30 km out of the city to camp. The fruit and vegetable stand I passed is closed by the time I finish setting up my tent so I have to settle for the small selection at the local co-op store.
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