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    Day 1.216 – My Bicyclette + My Luck

    Tune of the Day: The Build Up – Kings of Convenience feat. Feist

    The Parc du Mont-Royal is on the agenda today. It’s a huge, forested rock right in the center of Montreal, and it serves as a giant green lung that provides Montrealers with a very impressive and natural recreational green-space.

    Amazing view from a lookout in Parc Mont Royal, Montreal.

    Parc Mont Royal, Montreal.

    Amazingly, it has a certain degree of wilderness as soon as you venture off the well-maintained tracks and trails that criss-cross the park. As a city park it is absolutely world-class.

    Parc Mont Royal with Montreal skyline in the background.

    Hearing that the photos that Asep took of me, his wife and kid back then is hanging on the wall in their house in Tasikmalaya, Java, Indonesia makes my heart smile and makes so much sense cosmically.

    Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal.


    Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal.

    Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal.

    The Burden.

    Montreal metro.

    Back at the My Bicyclette bike shop, I get shocked twice.

    First, because of the bad news that the bike part supplier has sent the wrong wheel for my bike (front instead of rear). It’s a slap in my face, but the guys assure me that we’d work something out.
    The next bike part delivery will be on Tuesday, but Alex, the bike mechanic, suggests he build a new wheel that’d be ready on Sunday. Hmm, tough decisions.

    While I sit down in front of the shop, thinking about what to do with the rear wheel dilemma, Alex replaces the worn bottom bracket and takes care of the brakes, brake pads, cables etc. thus making the bike ready for the adventures to come. I finally opt for a new rear wheel, Sun Rims Rhyno Lite that’ll be here on Tuesday…

    This is when the second shock hits me…

    My Bicyclette bike shop in Montreal.

    I have a chat with the other bike guys, mostly about my expedition, and at some point David, the owner of the newly-opened bike shop, shake my hand and tells me that it’s all on the house, that he’s a traveller himself and knows what it’s like, and that he just wants me to have a great journey in Africa.

    I seriously can’t believe what’s happening, but the kind look in David’s eyes shows me he’s not kidding. I’m surprised like never before, am goosey all over, and try to express my sincere gratitude.

    How lucky am I, and what a jolly good job those angels up there are doing!

    Again, thank you so much, David (and Alex and Nick and the other guys at My Bicyclette) for your super-kind help. Will never forget.

    Montreal harbour front...

    Dinner with Sara in Montreal.

    On this day..


    One Response to “Day 1.216 – My Bicyclette + My Luck”

    1. Brian Perich Says:

      Christmas gift in words…Thanks for everything Nicholai…Inspiration is a gift from you!

      The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, and this you will become.
      – James Allen

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