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Day 0: Arrival in Athens

Day 0: Arrival in Athens

"At least we had time to parade around the Parthenon in our jerseys..."

by Patrick Burns

Miracle #1: We all arrived in Athens with our bikes unbroken!

We had a quick reunion in the airport before squeezing into a van followed by a quick ride to town. We found Costas ready to let us into our ultra cool indoor/outdoor bohemian rental complete with trees and a sliding roof in order to put our bikes together.

Athens to Amsterdam hotel day 0

At least we had time to parade around the Parthenon in our jerseys, getting odd looks, lots of questions, and sympathetic looks (mostly at Don) before a quick meal and back to the flat to bike faffe and sleep.

Athens to Amsterdam Day 0 kits

Athens to Amsterdam Pactimo Custom Jerseys

Athens to Amsterdam Pactimo Custom Jerseys

 On to ride in the AM!

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

-Tennyson

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ABOUT PATRICK BURNS

Patrick Burns Athens to Amsterdam 2019


Patrick is an emergency medicine physician at Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco but grew up in the Boston area, where he attended medical school at Tufts University. He has been an avid triathlete and ultra-running enthusiast for many years, and has wanted to bike across a continent since 2014 when he hosted the other three in Seattle before launching them on their ride across the U.S. from Seattle to Boston.

 




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Day 21: Arnhem to Amsterdam. The finish!
Day 21: Arnhem to Amsterdam. The finish!

Before going to bed last night, rain was on our minds. For the last few days, rain was predicted in Amsterdam and the forecast hadn't changed. We knew that it was unlikely that we could avoid it, but we were going to do our best to minimize it. 

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Day 20: Bonn to Arnhem: But almost is not done.
Day 20: Bonn to Arnhem: But almost is not done.

Our night at the Centro Hotel Residence in Bonn, Germany was presided over by a rather stern receptionist. She was adamant our bicycles not be kept in the room despite our persistent requests. As we laid down to sleep, Dave became increasingly concerned over the safety of our trusty steeds and we snuck down to the basement garage under the cover of darkness to carry them up 5 flights of stairs. 

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Day 19: Mainz to Bonn
Day 19: Mainz to Bonn

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