How amazing biking could be.
21.10.2009 16 °C
I should be sleeping. I'm exhausted, tired, slightly irritated with myself for not having solid enough notes and not updating them promptly like I should be. Whoops. Some how, not really having proper exams and not having grades that transfer over into my gpa makes me... not really care. I still go to class, and I enjoy pretty much all the classes and do the little hw that I have. I just... don't study as much as I should. Like, organizing my notes and such. I'll get on that this weekend. Seeing as this weekend is the start of Fall Break and I have nothing planned except for... a trip to Amsterdam to see Tara! Rather excited.
But to the gist of this entire entry... to which I will add more later on this weekend...
Awhile ago, I had decided that I wanted to bike parts of the Loire Valley and see all those rinky dink castles that my 10th grade French teacher Ms Bailey (Colleen, remember?) made us watch a video on and take notes on how each castle was different and then take a quiz on it. Needless to say, I didn't retain any of that, but now, now I know.
The whole ordeal of getting bikes was a hassle, going from one place to another, being told that the bike rental place was closed, didn't exist, needed a security cheque deposit of 200 Euros... Ashley, this other American girl, and I decided that regardless of the obstacles and shit, we were going. And we did. Last minute Ashley was able to get her French friend to write out a cheque for us and rented out the bikes less than 24 hours before we had to leave. Had our train tickets reserved, for both bike and person, food provisions bought from Auchan V2, and our tiny carry-ons were used to store 4 days worth of energy snacks and all our gear, including Luna bars, jam, utensils, socks, shirts, hoodie, my favourite hat that I wear playing frisbee when it's too cold, tins of curry flavoured tuna, toiletries. And cameras. Strapped it all on the back of our bikes along with water bottles and helmets which we failed to wear, and we were off.
4 days of biking.
3 nights of CouchSurfing.
Roughly 180 km (that's 112 miles, if you didn't know).
Multiple cities biked through, vineyards, countryside, the Loire River.
Went inside Chenonceaux and Chambord.
Met some interesting people.
Hit some mental walls.
Have never felt so liberated, exhausted, passionate, frustrated, all at the same time.
Words cannot express how amazing this was. I'll try my best to explain in the next post. But if you're terribly interested, you may just have to come ask me in person.