We're in Bonn at the moment (16th) so here's our post for the last few days.
Monday 15th July
Brussels-Aachen: Time cycling - 7 hours. Distance - 132km
After having spent two days with little sleep, our hostel beds were perfect and woke up feeling recharged and excited for the day. We’d learnt something from our previous mistakes, so before we left Brussels we booked a campsite in Aachen. Giving us both somewhere to aim for and a definite place to sleep.
So this day found us in a mad rush to get everything ready. It also found Zoltan at the Hungarian embassy waiting for his emergency passport. A story still too raw to go into suffice to say Zoltan and I are still friends. So having packed and had a couple of good luck drinks at the Brownswood, we were set.
Zoltan & I (Jack) both work in the Castle Café. We both have an interest in cycling and have both worked with bikes – myself as a courier and Zoltan delivering lunches to offices in central London.
Zoltan who is from Hungary had for a while been considering cycling home and when this was mentioned to me over a game of pool, the idea for a trip was born.The trip for us started out as more of a fitness challenge and as a means of getting home. But it has evolved into something more.
Outdoor boulder field: Crispin Waddy (Living Stone Climbing Walls) is expecting to finish the outdoor boulders today. Next steps are to put in the rubber chipping which will form the landing surface and to finish the decking and landscaping around the boulders. We're on schedule to open them at The Garden Party on Sunday the 21st of July.
Castle sponsored climber Jon Partridge continued his World Cup competition season with events in Toronto and Vail. His blog gives an insight into the life of a competition climber. His next appearance on the international circuit will be in Munich on the 24th and 25th of August. He'll also be competing at the British Bouldering Championships in Sheffield on the 6th and 7th of July.
Castle regular Chris Bevins has become the first British climber to solo The Nose on El Capitan (Yosemite, California, USA) in under 24 hours. Read the full story on UKClimbing in which Chris graciously acknowledged the role The Castle played in his preparations. Awesome effort, Chris!