Hope you've all enjoyed the ride. Looking back on the trip, I thought I'd put together a list of the top things I learned from this experience:
- My heart is still in the Alps, and I have to go back and get it.
- I loved the Stelvio pass, but I LOVED (even more) the unexpected passes noone was talking about.
- When you're on a trip like this, don't worry too much about the weather - Going into it I was worried about the rain… by the end of it I realized it made the experience that much more memorable.
- You don't feel the cold the same way when you're having fun.
- In terms of a vacation, it's demanding at times with not much downtime for rest, but the rewards are far greater than any traditional vacation.
- You can't put a dollar amount on this kind of experience - rentals… accommodations... food… Switzerland… Sure it adds up quick, but you never look back in regret of having spent too much money on an adventure like this. Well, at least I didn't.
- The people you meet and the stories shared along the way make for incredible memories.
Ron and I in La-Roche-en-Ardenne on Day 9
- Traveling alone is awesome in its own right, but being able to share the experience with someone was amazing. I'm a lucky guy to have a women that gets just about as excited as I do when doing a bike adventure like this.