Europe by Bike | Kayak | Skiis - Day 2
It is always a challenge to beat jet lag, especially when travelling east. For this trip I attempted to just jump right into my normal daily activities and schedule in hopes of fending off that dreaded feeling that comes from loosing 5 hours of time.
Day two, I woke fairly early, ate a good breakfast and then headed out to the river for a nice morning paddle. Richards club is made up of canoe polo boats, racers, and little play boats. I had never paddled a play boat, let alone anything less than 16ft, so it was quite a sight as I attempted to paddle strait. Needless to say, while a beautiful setting, the pain of zig zagging and looking like a complete 'bloke' wore a bit on my ego. Here I am on my first little outing with Richard, whom I am going to do some big and epic trips with, and I look like a complete and utter newbie!!
After struggling to keep up and go straight, we made it back to the club, cleaned up, and headed off for our next adventure. I finished putting the Salsa Fargo back together and making all of my final adjustments, including attaching all of the Porcelain Rocket frame bags. I brought my 3 Salsa Anything cages to attach, but I will hold off on them for the time being. With the first generation Fargo, you really should not mount the cages to the forks using the existing mounting holes. The reason is the cages and whatever you put in them gets a little too close to the tire/frame and can create a bit of a safety issue. The current version of the Fargo and the Enabler Fork has corrected this issue by moving the brazeons outwards. Since I am running smaller tires on the bike, I am able to get by with using the existing mounting points.
We geared up and headed out for a 2 hour ride through the countryside. The route was along streets and then off into the footpaths that run along the river. The day was a bit chilly with blue skies and some dark storm clouds off in the distance. I love those types of views because as the sun sets everything gets a bit dramatic. The warm glow of the sun setting against the distant black clouds was absolutely stunning. As we worked our way back to the house, the sun had set and rode with only a single light, me following the outline of the path as Richard led the way. Tomorrow we will go through gear,sort out all of our lights and cold weather gear, as the temperatures are set to drop down to the freezing mark.
It struck me once again, as I was riding along these paths and through the countryside, just how amazing the two wheeled bicycle is. Here I was, in a foreign land and yet the Fargo provided me with comfortable transportation and the ability to just go wherever I wanted to go. I could easily have bivy camped out in these woods and had a beautiful night under an open sky. The power of a bike is nothing short of amazing. When Salsa chose the tagline 'Adventure by Bike', they really nailed it.