- By Vin Cox
9th April. 67 miles cycled.
Hilly, hot, then rain so bad the locals were panicking – trees down, crops flattened… I took shelter at a shop/café, then got invited into the house to stay dry with the family. The children practised English on me and I gave them one of my cards to take to school and look me up on-line.
Also made late start due to misunderstanding at breakfast, then punctured.
67mi @ 10.9mph
The storm was the big deal of the day. People in the area were not wealthy, and I could see that a crop being lost or roof destroyed could make them destitute. I was just glad to be sheltering in the only suitable place for miles while the weather had this sudden fit.
I’d started to see more evidence of the earthquake which had hit the area the day before I flew in to Medan. Mostly I saw landslips, from cracks/steps in the road surface, right up to major areas of hill-side collapsed and bridges smashed. It made me take the descents more carefully.
This was very hilly land, with broken roads, not many places to stay, and nothing else to make life easy for me. It was the adventure I’d been seeking for sure – now I just had to make sure the adventure didn’t slow me down too much and cost me the record.That was my diary from precisely four years ago. I’m writing up each day on it’s fourth anniversary as a motivation to get this long overdue task done. These days I’m to be found spending my working days at a brewery, my leisure time cycling, and my family time with my wife and baby daughter. I hope this entertains, informs, or motivates you.