And so the end is near…………

My how time flies! Today is my last day as a „Starradlerin“. The last three weeks have flown by but basically haven’t been much different from any other three weeks in the year – as I’ve probably told you „ad nauseum“, I’m a 365 day a year cyclist. And I haven’t missed the car at all.

What has, however, been a bit of a problem for me is the weather. As I come from far away in the north-west (good old Ireland), my favorite temperature range lies somewhere between 10°C and 20°C. These days where the thermometer goes up over 30 or even 35°C are far too hot for little-old-me and so I’ve had to reduce my trips to what is REALLY necessary!

It isn’t the cycling itself that’s the problem – the breeze on the bike is actually quite pleasant. It’s when you stop! The old saying, „Horses sweat, men perspire and women merely glow!“ doesn’t really apply at the moment as I frantically seek out the nearest shade and collapse in a rather wet heap! Arriving cool, elegant and professional to any of my myriad of meetings – forget it!

From that point of view I’m glad the summer break is starting next week. Hopefully by the time political life gets going again in mid-September, the weather will have gotten a bit cooler. But I’d really prefer if that happened sooner. I’m off at the end of next week to cycle with Hubby down the upper Danube. We’ll be starting at the river source in Donaueschingen and then heading downriver to Regensburg. From there we’ll probably then cycle home to Erlangen. I’m really looking forward to it, but pleeeeeease let it get a bit cooler!

Anyway to all of you who have been taking part in the Stadtradler Project, hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. And of course, many thanks to the organizers here in Erlangen and nationwide.

It just remains for me to say (once again): just go out the door, get on your bike and off you go!

Happy cycling!

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