Leg 1 is done! 3960 kilometres and over 176 cycling hours…
Quite honestly I’m shattered, so this is going to be a short summary.. I’ll put up a more detailed one tomorrow or something.
The wind this morning was awful. Predictably, I had a headwind, but it was probably the worst I’ve ever faced. I had a serious mental struggle just to get through the first few hours and the thought of seeing my Dad was all that kept me going a couple of times.
I can’t really put into words how it felt to see him. I suddenly realised the emotional and mental strain I’ve put myself under this last fews weeks and I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a drastic switch in emotions
The rest of the day was spent battling the wind with one thought in my mind – the finish. It was a hard day and without the end in sight it would’ve been even harder. Very long straight roads and very boring Turkish scenery didn’t help but really I can’t think of anything else other than the wind today.. It’s produced my slowest day yet so I’m glad it was slightly shorter.
As for finishing this leg, I can’t quite get my head around it just yet. I’m pretty much falling asleep as I write this so I’m afraid I’m going to end it there.
I just want to say thank you to all those who’ve supported me. It really goes a long way and it’s got me through some very tough moments. 13.75% of the way round.. stay tuned, there’s more to come!
There won’t be any more numbers for a couple of days:
Distance: 94.94miles / 152.8km
Riding Time: 8:12:12
Av. Speed: 11.6mph / 18.6kph