From ‘Prison’ Through Holland On a Bike

Sleeping in a Barn

When we started this great big, overly ambitious adventure, we got lots of punctures

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which we clearly took very seriously.

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We took breaks when we could,

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slept outside,

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and then got on the ferry to Holland.

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 We were very excited.

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We ate in luxury,

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got used to looking at each other’s bums,

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and even played the tourists.

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Our budget bicycles needed fixing,

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but we more than got by

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because we were so happy with life

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despite the rude words

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and despite being arrested.

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We have danced in fountains,

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learnt to sleep where the police can’t find us,

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and enjoyed the morning sunshine.

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We have washed in waterfalls,

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cycled in bare feet when we’ve broken our toes and even learnt to put socks on the pedals to save sweaty feet.

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Then we realised that we had cycled across Holland and into Germany,

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so we drank beer in the bus stops,

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and made a home in a barn.

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Then we messaged our families to tell them that we were alive,

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found some eggs in a bin and cooked them,

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and found ourselves asking strangers where to sleep next. We were invited to a pony farm, served multiple cold beers, slept in a camper van and woke up to a delicious breakfast

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and bareback horse riding.

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Then we had a crash and took a break for a day.

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And do you know what is best of all? We get to do it all again tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that.

I like life. I hope that you like it too.

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