Today we cycled from Deggendorf to Passau, our last stop in Germany. It was a shorter day (only 60kms), after a long day yesterday, and we had the wind at our backs for a second day. The not so good news is that it rained, from our departure to our arrival, although as Serge says "there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing" and we were all decked out in good waterproof rainwear. The bike route was glorious, almost completely paved, and it followed the Danube, which has grown in width and current. By dinner time the sky cleared and we were treated to the golden hour of sunlight on the Danube - it was a wonderful sight. All in all, rain notwithstanding, a lovely day.
Serge (hereafter "Mr Fix-it") performed another on the spot repair when a link on Wayne's chain loosened and threatened to break. Luckily, we had Serge, and a Bäckerei Konditorei (translation: bakery and cake shop!) nearby, where Claude and I warmed up, dried off and enjoyed a delicious pastry and and coffee, and were then joined by Serge and Wayne once the repair was done.
Germany has been very cycle friendly, so much so that they have vending machines in various places selling bicycle tubes.
Tomorrow we reach Austria. This has been a wonderful journey so far, every day has been a voyage of discovery, and I can't help but reflect on how fortunate I am to be enjoying it all.
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with acute leukemia. I was 49 years old, with a wonderful wife and two adorable children, many fulfilling interests, and a great career, In short, a charmed life. From one day to the next, I was thrown into a battle of life and death.
Thanks to the wonders of science, the help of devoted, caring and skilled doctors and nurses, and a bone marrow transplant (from my brother) I survived. More importantly, through the experience of my illness and recovery, I have grown and flourished.
To celebrate my recovery, and all those without whom it would have been impossible, I cycled across Europe in April and May 2010, and the blog of my trip is at www.acelebrationoflife.blogspot.com.
In 2012 I published Portraits of Hope, see www.portraitsofhope.ca.
This year, to mark the 10th anniversary of my reciverywe established the Maryse and William Brock Chair in Applied Research into Stem Cell Transplantation.
Together we can beat leukemia.