This morning, my mom woke me up at 7:00. This time, though, that wake up time was reasonable. Today we faced a 82 kilometer day! I was not sure whether to be scared or excited. We all walked down to breakfast with an excited glare in our eyes. We gobbled up our breakfast and were off!
After we had biked for a little while, I took a bad crash. I hurt mostly both of my knees, but my elbows took a bit of damage also. Mom had crashed a couple of days before and she got a bruise on her elbow too, so now we have matching elbows!
After having a nice and filling lunch, I had my second crash. This one was more serious. I took off a big chunk of my knee. It smarted badly and I had to limp the rest of the day. I crashed because I was not looking at the road. Instead, I was looking at a swimming area. It was sweltering outside and I was hankering to get into the water. Thankfully, we decided to take a jump in, "splash!" So I washed the blood off my knee and swam for awhile. It felt really refreshing! You take the good with the bad!
From the swimming area, the way to Vienna (our final destination today) felt short because of a new technique I learned this morning. It is a fascinating thing to do with my bike, called drafting. My dad told me that bike racers draft, too. It is where many bikers bike in a line, and the first person in line pushes through the air resistance. The people following bike in an air pocket that the first person creates. Therefore, the people behind the leader get an easier ride because they have less resistance by the air. I used this technique along the flats of the Danube. We all drafted in a line today. It came in handy especially today because the wind was blowing super hard, I was pooped, it was hot, and the mileage was long.
I am not sure what I think of the bike trip being over. I am really tired, and am excited to sleep in and relax. Yet I will miss the adventures my family had along the waters of the Danube. I will write to you soon. Thank you for reading Rohan Geographic.