2008-10-04 53 6
Arvid is getting ready for his XKCD-100. Will also do the 52 6 hash in the morning first. There will be northwestern wind on the way to the hash, and southwestern wind on the way back. That's 2 times headwind, and in the evening wind will be up to 9Bft(usually probably around 6). This should've been a reason not to go, but anyway, I'm still alive.
- Cycled 339.4km.
- XKCD-100 by bicycle!
- Multihash, visited 2 hashes on one day.
- Crossed a border, but that wasn't strictly a necessary part of the trip. Although it was definitely shorter.
I left home around 8am, first going to the ATM, for when all else would fail. I made a picture of the sun rising there, and at 8:10 I was really off. I was planning to do around 20km/h average including stops, so I was supposed to be at the hash at 16:00.
First I went to the 52 6 hash, which was nearly on the route to 53 6 anyway. In the morning it was sunny and cold. Around 9:30 I arrived the 52 6 hash, which was in a tree-zone between two ditches. It wasn't very easy to access, but I made it, and around 9:45 I was on my way again. Stats so far: 31.2km, avg 23.0km/h, avg cadence 100, max 33.5km/h
I did want to stop as little as possible, because standing still is worse than cycling slowly. Altough only 15 minutes later I had to stop again to take my jacket off, and replace my yellow lenses for the dark ones. At 10:10 I entered Germany, but the quality of the border picture is bad, also because at the border the bike lane changes from one side of the road to the other, for no apparent reason, but it does mean 2 sharp turns and watching out carefully.
At 11:00 I was in Emlichheim, where it was 8°C. Which is colder than my own coldest geohash, but no match for the current record. I also took a wrong turn at that exact location, I found out later. Luckily my GPS has maps, so I just took an alternative route. Just before the border there were some nodding donkeys. I only expected those later, but these were the only ones. At 11:20 I was entering the Netherlands again, where there were some roadworks. Well, nothing was happening of course, since it was saturday. At noon I was in Emmen, and I decided to go on cycling as long as I could before stopping again.
Around 14:20 I was in Hoogezand, where there was some cycling event going on. It was very busy, with a road shut down and it being saturday. At 15:00 it was time for a stop again, just before crossing the canal in the direction of Ten Post. Around 15:45 I saw a church clock in 't Zandt with the time. And since I wanted a 4pm hash, I tried a bit harder from there on, although I had no idea how far the hash still was.
At 16:04 I was at the point on the road only 30m from the hash. I say that counts as a 4pm meetup, although no one else was there. At 16:10 was at the hashpoint, in a harvested cornfield, from the looks of it. The ground was very muddy, sticky, and clay-like. It was cold and windy, and there was no shelter at all, so at 16:15 I left the hashpoint again. Stats until then: 172.9km, avg 23.6km/h, avg cadence 99, max 45.6km/h (there was a hill in Germany).
Under the highway fly-over nearby I had something to eat&drink, after the hashpoint itself. And now the fun could really start, the wind had gotten stronger, and it was probably all headwind from now on. From the GPS-logs I can see my speed just after the hash was around 15-20km/h, where it had been around 25km/h earlier.
At 17:00, only 12km from the hash, in Wirdum, fate struck. My derailleur failed. A pin had dropped out, and that messed up the alignment completely since something was loose now, that shouldn't be. I was able to find back the pin, amazing enough. A couple of houses earlier I heard workshop noises, so I walked back a bit. But a man living one house next to where I stopped asked if he could help. Well... yes! He helped. The pin is still in. I made a picture of him, told him what I was doing and about my plans. I also told him I'll log this, I got my notebook out and wrote down http://xkcd.com/geohashing. A couple of kms further I realized that should've been http://wiki.xkcd.com/geohashing . I hope he finds it anyway, I think of sending him a postcard with the correct link.
Of course this fixing cost a lot of time. I got back on my way at 17:45.
At 18:35 I stopped in Schildwolde, to change the lenses of my glasses back to yellow, a pee, and to put my rear light on. My front light goes on automatically, and is (nearly?) always on, because the sensor is next to my front cogs. At 19:20 I arrived in Hoogezand, and I was hungry and cold, so I stopped for some fries. At 19:45 I was on my way again, warmed up and wearing my jacket again, and full gloves.
At 21:00 I had another short stop, around Torenveen. And another one at 22:15 just south of Borger-Odoorn. At 23:00 I was in Emmen, which was sort-of my last normal place to give up and return by train. I inspected my derailleur, it was still fine. Not that the train was still possible, the last train I could've used left at 22:30. But anyway, I didn't consider that. Although I was going a lot slower than wanted or expected, I felt ok, so I went on.
There was another short stop at 23:30. Speed went down more after Emmen, it had been between 15-20km/h most of the time, now it was more around 15km/h. I didn't see that, since it was dark and I usually don't bother to put the light of my bike computer on, or look at the speed on my GPS.
Just after 00:30 there was another big stop, in Germany, finally. I noticed I was nearly falling asleep (I nodded quite a couple of times) while cycling, and it had begun to rain. At that time I found a sheltered bus stop. I tried to sleep a bit, which was useless. I got some rest, which was good, but I also got cold, which was bad. At 1:15 I went on again.
I was a slightly bit faster again after that. I did go the wrong way in Uelsen this time. In Getelo, at 2:40, I had another stop. A bit longer than normal. Short stops are usually about 5 minutes, this one was nearly 15. But: I decided this would be the last stop before home. Which it was.
Speed in the first 45 minutes or so after the stop were up to 20km/h again, or even a bit faster. I totally missed the shortcut for Deurningen, which would've saved me 2km, or around 8 minutes, at the pace I was going.
At 4:55 I arrived home, making a couple of pics of my tired head. Looking back it's really funny to see the places where I thought I was really fast at the end, in the dark, were only 25-28km/h. I really had the feeling I was hitting 40km/h. Total stats: 339.4km, 17h13m cycling time, avg 19.7km/h, avg cadence 97, max 46.50km/h.
Total averages: 340km in 21 hours, makes a total average of 16.2km/h.