Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 42.9km
Average speed / 平均速度: 11.5km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 3h 43m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 718km (plus 428.5km)
Total cycling distance to date / 今まで自転車で走った距離: 11,800km
I am here.
After exactly one year and three days on the road, I am on the other side of the Eurasian continent. The significance of this sight filled me with emotion and tears came to my eyes. I hardly remember what the sea looked like in Japan. I only had eyes and a mind for what was up ahead. Now this is what filled my vision.
I never really thought or imagined that I would ever see this. For a New Zealand kid from Invercargill, Southland, places like this are so far away. And here I am, having arrived here mostly under my own steam.
18,500km in total.
12,000km by bicyle.
1,000km by skateboard.
5,500km by train.
Today was not without it’s trials however. The westerly wind was still blowing strong, and my feet were in no better shape than last night. The small and yet rather significant blisters on my heels were giving me grief.
The moleskin repair job to take pressure off the blister didn’t last long. I was keen just to remove the skin off the top of the blister and be done with it, but the blister appears to be a rather complicated one. Numerous small blisters one on top of the other meant that there was no simple flap of skin to remove. There was no other choice…
20km later skating in socks, I was in Vlissingen. It was slow going, but at least I didn’t have the agony of the sore blisters rubbing against my boots.
I think the blisters were caused by a combination of factors. Dirty socks (unwashed for two weeks), extra effort pushing against the wind, and lack of proper rest for the last two weeks. Hopefully I can avoid this in the future…
I met Wim Harwig, a long time reader of my blog, and fellow recumbent rider, in Vlissingen. It was great to meet him after all this time on the road. I will be staying at his wonderful handbuilt home for a few days before moving on.
So, what now?
The plan is to head up to the Hook of Holland, near Rotterdam on Monday. I have booked a place on a ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich, leaving on Wednesday the 1st of August. Harwich is about 120km from London central, so I expect that I will be at Trafalgar Square in the morning of Saturday the 4th of August at 9am, arriving on my longboard.
So at 9am, Saturday the 4th of August, 2007, just over one year after I left Japan, I will have reached my goal.
If you’re in the area, feel free to drop on by.