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Man down in Budweis (150m ride/walk)

(written by Dave)

Well, technically not man down but rather woman down.  Nancy tried to eat as much pizza as I did for dinner last night and paid the price for her efforts later in the evening.  That meant limited sleep and no chance that we were going anywhere this morning.  Not a big deal as we have some days up our sleeve and other than blue skies for the first couple hours, the rest of the day became pretty wet.

The only real issue was our pension being fully booked for the night so we had to change hotels.  We considered moving the city campground as it is only 1.5 from the city centre but Nancy wanted easy access to a toilet.  Ah, the joys of eating strange food every day.  Our pension was kind enough to call around and find us a room in a hotel only 150 meters away.  The hotel is more expensive than the pension but they gave us close to the pension price as a courtesy.  When we checked in, the clerk made it very clear that “he ran a hotel, NOT a pension.”  For the life of us, we can’t figure the difference and for that matter, the pension was actually nicer – bigger room and a few English TV channels.

Moving is not easy as we had to haul everything down from our room, loaded it all on the bikes – including full strapping, walk 150 meters, unload and haul it all back up two flights of stairs.  This is a lot of work but there is just no way to move our junk efficiently without putting it on the bikes.  Be it 150 meters of 150 kilometers, you have to treat it the same.

So, we’ve had a lazy day.  Nancy sleeping.  Me watching the Tour de France with Czech commentary.  That is until there was one hour left to go in the stage when for some reason they switched coverage to some sort of track meet (who does that, everyone knows that the last hour is most important hour in a stage?).  Anyway, like I said, a lazy day.

With nothing much else to do, I cleaned up a few data files on the computer today.  There will be some readers who care very little about it but I have now mapped our trip with right and left hand riding and know how many k’s we’ve done on both sides of the road.  I know, what an exciting revelation!

Before reading on, take a guess which side of the road where we’ve spent the most time.  We’ve ridden now in 19 countries.  Only four of them had left-hand drive.  The countries table below gives you the countries in the order we’ve ridden and the distances in each country.

Miles

K’s

Riding Days

Australia

3422

5509

70

Singapore

12

20

1

Malaysia

926

1491

23

Thailand

1973

3177

38

Laos

701

1128

15

Cambodia

357

575

6

France

32

55

3

Monaco

2

3

1

Italy

520

833

11

Greece

161

259

3

Turkey

1648

2653

35

Bulgaria

238

383

7

Macedonia

277

447

5

Albania

114

183

2

Montenegro

97

156

2

Croatia

401

645

10

Slovenia

186

299

4

Austria

329

529

8

Czech Republic

37

60

1

Same table but with L or R by country.

R or L ride

Australia

L

Singapore

L

Malaysia

L

Thailand

L

Laos

R

Cambodia

R

France

R

Monaco

R

Italy

R

Greece

R

Turkey

R

Bulgaria

R

Macedonia

R

Albania

R

Montenegro

R

Croatia

R

Slovenia

R

Austria

R

Czech Republic

R

And now for the answer:

Miles

K’s

Left-hand riding

6333

10196

Right-hand riding

5099

8209

If you are still with me, congratulations, you may have some data nerd genes in your family tree.  With about 800k to go before we reach Sweden, we’ll be pretty darn close to 50/50 in terms of riding when we take our next long break.  We don’t really have a preference for right or left and have little trouble switching back and forth.  We have to switch our helmet mirrors to the other side but I’ve kept mounts on both sides of my helmet to make this easy – I ran out of mounts or I would have done this with Nancy’s as well.

So, if Nancy’s improvement today continues, tomorrow we head off towards Prague – two days to get there.  And I’ll spend all my extra energy riding (on the right) rather than being a data nerd.

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8 responses to “Man down in Budweis (150m ride/walk)

  1. My guess was left side would be more only because you rode so much in Australia! Thailand helped add to the total too, which I didn’t realize was a left side of the road country. With Laos and Cambodia in between two “trips” in Thailand that must have been the only hard part in switching. Since French Immersion School, it’s been all right hand riding, which makes it easier, I’m sure, than back and forth. Okay, same gene pool…. some math nerdiness here! Sorry Nancy is not feeling well, but it looks like a great place to spend an extra day.

  2. Hope Nancy is all better very soon! I enjoyed the graphs.

  3. Gosh, hope you’re feeling better, Nancy – perhaps try to take another rest day (although, if Dave is diving into numbers, charts and graphs……;))

  4. Hey Dave, I was just talking with some folks on the Cycle Oregon weekend ride about your travels and which countries I wanted to visit. Your country summary helps me keep the names right. While you have meet a lot of friendly people on your list, from the posts it seems that Turkey and Thailand were especially friendly/helpful.

    • It is very hard to say where the most helpful or friendly people were. Turkey and Thailand were highlights but we traveled in those countries the longest, giving more time for positive encounters. Bulgaria was not overly friendly but we were only there for 6 days and it rained a lot. The rain tends to dampen everyone’s mood.

      And finally, there is our own mood. I am a firm believer in ones own face being a mirror. That is, if you smile, people smile at you. If you frown, that’s what you get. When we entered Bulgaria, Nancy got sick (one day) and then it rained. We were not our normal cheerful selves and we probably got what we put out…

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