land speed record

since bulgaria i’ve been on an asphalt bender… trying to get back to amsterdam with enough time to sell my bike before re-entry…
belgrade was a disappointment, though i did stay in hotel splendid which was a few heaping tablepoons shy of splendor.
ljubljana… was so happy to be back in slovenia… the teletubby landscape is otherworldly… its like a giant golf course without the electric carts and bad wardrobe… and golf clubs… and, well, all the things that make a golf course so… it is just very green. stayed at hostel celica, a converted former prison centered in a bohemian compound of rehabilitated industry… really cool place. artfully chaotic… made me happy.

and i hate pigeons…  lago como, italy

…but they are nice in flight…  lago como, italy

…and pastilla  lago como, italy

lake como north of milan was an unbelievably welcome paradise after an entire day fighting massive highway traffic across northern italy. the sky was unusually hazy all day… i don’t think i’ve ever seen italy uglier… at the end of the day, i just couldn’t take a big city, so i turned north from milan and headed into the alpine foothills. not 50 km along was the turnoff to como. knew nothing of it. took the turnoff, dropped down a series of hilly roads til a turn brought me round to a stunning lake. dined on pumpkin ravioli in a walnut cream sauce and drank away the day’s ugliness with a tall cold beer at an outdoor cafe in the old town, stayed at the hostel, played cards all night with some turkish students… the day ended better than i thought possible.
dijon… couldn’t make it to paris. couldn’t have cared less about dijon. pity. it looked like it was worth caring about. ate at mcdonaldユs just because i laugh that the french allowed that to happen…