Goodmorning to you all, from behind our fried eggs and coffee in Cologne, some days after our Amsterdam departure.
The whoops and cheers and clapping that sent us off from Rapha last Saturday made us quite emotional and the closest thing to a rock star we will ever be. We are still buzzing with the best goodbye we could have wished for. Very cool! We continued down South through the Netherlands, enjoying the ride with friends to Utrecht, meeting up with friends and family in Utrecht, Eindhoven, Milheeze and Voerendaal over the last few days. Only yesterday did we finally find ourselves alone, on the road, across the border into Germany, after the last hugs and kisses from our parents. We had the sun in our face and the wind in our back and it felt as if we were being pushed along by the well wishes from our friends and family. A lovely start of the trip of a lifetime. Thank you all for the cheers and waves and sweet goodbye wishes, it will definitely help us on the more difficult days ahead.
The departure date is set: Saturday 30 April is the day team Oufti will hit the road. Please join us for a relaxed morning coffee from 10.00am at Rapha Cycle Club Amsterdam, Wolvenstraat 10 in Amsterdam. Coffee and cake are graciously provided by Rapha in support of our big trip.
We will leave at 11.00am to cycle to Tokyo and we would really really (really!) like it if you could join us for the first modest 45km leg of this trip, from Amsterdam to Utrecht. We will be going at a slow pace, being heavily packed and all, so this is a ride that is open to all kinds of cyclists, and not just the experienced racers.
We’re getting slightly nervous as we’re getting closer to the leaving date. The Big One is becoming more of a reality than an abstraction, and we are becoming acutely aware of what a huge project it is we have taken on. We love seeing as much of our friends and family as we possibly can before we leave, and a group ride to Utrecht would be a sweet start of this crazy leap into the unknown.