Happy new year! We hope you have a great 2018, filled with lots of awesome cycling adventures, no punctures, no accidents and no stolen bikes.
It was with slight trepidation that I climbed back on the bike this morning and went out for a short New Year’s Day/blow-away-the-cobwebs ride: I hadn’t ridden for almost two weeks and since the scary accident I had in December, I haven’t felt quite as confident on the roads as I usually do. Still, no better way to regain your confidence than just riding.
I was also a bit anxious about riding on January 1st, purely because of the condition I knew the streets would be in after New Year’s Eve, and I didn’t want to get a puncture cycling over smashed glass or spent fireworks cartridges. The streets didn’t disappoint: the amount of firework debris post-Silvester in Berlin is always impressive (see pics): and as anyone who has spent New Year’s Eve in Berlin knows, you take your life in your own hands being on the streets in certain districts.
I cycled around Kreuzberg and Neukölln, enjoying the lack of cars on roads usually pretty unforgiving for cyclists, and then headed to a windy Tempelhofer Feld for a quick round before taking the long route home.
My bloated, post-Christmas body and sluggish legs made riding 25 kilometers feel like riding 250, but hey…better than nothing.
In other news, yesterday we booked a flight to Japan for a month in the Summer, the idea to spend some weeks bike-touring around the country, especially the northern island of Hokkaido. Can’t wait.
Here’s to a great year ahead.