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    Day 1.308 – A Tango With The Wind (UK)

    Sidi Akhfennir -> Tan Tan Plage
    Distance (km) : 93
    Time on bike : 6h 02m
    Brutto time: 07.50 – 16.50
    Avg : 15.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 46.1
    Total (km) : 57.111
    Altitude: 2 m
    Difficulty: 4

    New day, new optimism.

    No wind this morning. Flags are sad and limp on the flag poles, when I look out the window at the Hotel Atlas. It is happiness and adrenaline-inducing for my headwind-tormented psyche – and really good news for Zülle who wiggle his tail even before the morning coffee.

    But “burnt child shuns the fire”, and after the last months of headwind, it is a challenge to maintain optimistic and believe that the wind will remain silent today.
    Joy (of life and cycling in particular) is back. The sun shines all over me, and it is a fantastic morning, with only slight headwind, and an average in the saddle of a whopping 17.4 km/h. At lunchtime I stop at a great valley (Oued) and wolf down a line of mackerel sandwiches.

    I’m really out of the tropics now, and today’s mercury digits don’t exceed 22 Celsius. Even at noon the sun hangs lazily in the sky (as on a Danish summer day), far from it’s Zenith heyday. The upcoming Central European winter will be a tough one for Zülle, way too used to tropical weather by now.

    After lunch the wind wakes up. Slowly and in crescendo. The burnt child in me screams. The diarrhea is running smoothly out of me. The psychosomatics is a powerful thing – or did I have too much fruit, one tajine too many yesterday?

    I get lots of applause, thumbs-ups and encouraging honks all day long, and it’s all fine, but what really motivates (and demotivates) me is my tango with the wind. Along with the increasing headwind in the afternoon I keep repeating the mantra Nicolai, don’t let the wind get you, don’t let it bring you down. You’ve got it, right there.

    Tune of the Day: Sick Muse – Metric

    Just outside of El Ouatia (aka Tan Tan Plage and El Watia) I “lose the safety valve” for the third time today, and have to make a very sudden emergency stop in the middle of no man’s land, behind a bush the size of a bunch of parsley – visible to everything and anyone, but when a man’s in need, well, a man’s in need, and all that from my Western childhood inculcated vanity quickly disappears.

    Hotel La Belle Vue in Tan Tan Plage is situated right next to the Atlantic (and next to a fine, dark and windy, sandy beach) and offers prices half the size as its French-owned neighbor. The choice is easy. The pleasure of having arrived is growing as fast as the wind picked up today. You give some, you get some.

    On this day..

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