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    Day 1.303 – The Waitress & The Third Cup (UK)

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    My thinking continues today. If my pride was to decide, I’d probably bike back and cover the route I took in the Mercedes, but honestly I don’t think I’m willing to pay the price (in the form of an expected sense of meaninglessness by cycling south through an unforgiving landscape). I am still unsure of my next move, but as it looks now, I’ll continue north.

    If I end up choosing to ride back to the south, it will be the most difficult decision in WT-story. Physically, I can obviously do it (especially with the tail wind as my supportive crew), but I fear it will be devastating for the kevlar mind.

    So dearest WT reader, if you happen to have a few ideas, thoughts or otherwise up your sleeve, please bring them out and tell me. Do not hesitate.

    I sit in a small shop/cafe and have breakfast today. But I need more coffee, so I goof around in the back streets of Laayoune in search of another cafe. Success is just around the corner and I sit down in front of the cafe’s flat screen with Spanish football and order my second cup of au lait, served by a lovely young lady whose unlimited smile and external features make it seem like I already had my third cup. 🙂

    It is far too long since I’ve seen a random, flirty glance in the street. It is a lack that makes me gray and old inside, in the social core, but I hope no permanent damage has been done and that it can all be fixed, maybe with a little Scandinavian help. 🙂

    I need to holiday. I need to relax, to escape WT-ropes for a while.
    I don’t think that I’ve really relaxed since I left the Danish paradise in Ouagadougou 40 days ago. Thus, I feel like just sitting here in the cafés of Laayoune and drink cafe au laits all day – and at 4-6 dirhams a cup (0.50-0.70 USD) it would take a lot of coffees until I get bankrupt.

    I spend hours and hours in my room writing diary notes on the laptop, and later I throw them online in the internet cafe next door.

    On this day..

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    10 Responses to “Day 1.303 – The Waitress & The Third Cup (UK)”

    1. Christian Says:

      Personally I would probably take the trip south again; fearing that a great hole inside me, would keep me sleepless, when I finally got home…

      But I understand your dilemma… Still I would probably go back, because I’m that stubborn .. and if the rest of your trip is gonna be ruined, because of re-thinking it over and over again – it’s probably worth it 🙂

      God vind fremover,
      Christian Haugbølle – Denmark.

    2. Rasha Says:

      food for thought/decision => some imperfections prove we are humans, not machines … WT is about human adventures, not robotic … sailing boats sail against winds, bicycles don’t … sailing against tides is ineffective … as wind is not hill cycling upwind can not be … blowin’ in the wind is a song, biking against the wind is a blow … cycling against wind will not stop the wind is therefore winning wind a win … WT is about seeing and passing places not leaving traces …

      yes, but at times being irrational proves we are human …..

    3. Mikkel Says:

      Jeg ville fortsætte nordpå uden at se mig tilbage. Men det handler jo nok om jeg mest har opfattet dit projekt som en rejse, hvor det først og fremmest har handler om at give sig tid til at bevæge sig frem uden at følge bestemte skemaer og planer, og uden at føle sig forpligtiget af egne eller andres kunstige “regler” såsom antal km eller godkendte transportformer, men i stedet gå efter de gode oplevelser og følge hjertet.

    4. Anette (mor) Says:

      Godt skrevet Mikkel !

    5. maarten Says:

      ego is mind’s worst helper.
      true happiness only (keeps on) coming from inside!
      Ride the way your heart tells you to go…………………..
      big love to you Nicolai,
      Ilse Maarten & Lilou

    6. Mette Says:

      Jeg ville også sige ‘gå efter mavefornemmelsen’, men som jeg kan læse af de sidste dagbogsnotater er det nok nemmere sagt end gjort, for jeg kan sagtens forstå at du er i tvivl.
      Må være en crazy tanke at skulle køre tilbage i medvind og vide at hele den laaang tur (retur til hvor du er nu) sikkert bliver drøn hård med den dumme vind lige ind i ansigtet.. Hmm hvem sagde det skulle være nemt at være hovedpersonen i WT historien.
      Klø på og uanset hvad: vi ,læserne, vil følg din færd uanset hvilken vej du vælger at rette blikket.

    7. Jonas Says:

      Fortsæt fremad.. Det er jo ikke et rekord forsøg, men en personlig rejse igennem og på tværs at verden. Jorden har du jo cyklet rundt bogstaveligt talt og i km er det halvanden gang. Stregen fra Danmark blev brudt da flyveren hjalp dig over Burma (Myanmar) og derfor vil dette lille stykke, hvor du trods alt blev på jorden ikke betyde noget i det samlet regnskab når du sidder hjemme i DK og tænker tilbage på dit livs eventyr. Psykisk vil det blive hårdt at cykle væk fra Europa, Danmark og familien som lige nu er tættere på end den har været de sidste 4 år, en følelse som må få dig til at ville fremad, fremad, og ikke tilbage bare for at en streg på et kort kan blive hel i stedet for stiplet…
      God tur hjem
      Jonas

    8. ruth Says:

      I was thinking the same as Rasha, about being human…also, consider this: if it was so important to bike that route, you would have decined the ride in the van. Maybe the van was fate intervening and there is something fantastic waiting ahead of you that only could occur if you took the ride instead of the bike trek, you never know! I know you will make your own decision but my feeling is— no do-overs! 🙂 Whatever your decision…it will be the right one. good luck.

    9. Christian Says:

      Efter at have læst de foregående kommentarer, så må jeg give dem ret 🙂

      Forsæt op af!

      – Christian.

    10. Nicolai Says:

      Just q quick note to let you all know that I really appreciate your take/opinions on this matter. Thank you so much, guys and girls. As you’d probably know by now, I headed north, without looking back (as Mikkel rightly put it!) and the decision felt/still feels right.

      Nicolai, Tiznit – Morocco.

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