If life gives you lemons make lemonade!On our first day of the tour we arrived our destination Jiaoxi in pouring rain and thanks to my weak immune system I was kicked out or better to say kicked off from my bike two days later.
What a bummer! My body was shutting down, only the minimum systems were running anymore. Never felt so sick in my life for a very, very long time!
But not only this made me sick, especially the fact that I couldn't bike the whole 900 km of the Formosa900.
Even if it looks like I am relaxing in this photo, I was already fighting hard at the end of day 2. The last kilometers to our hotel were a nightmare and a grannie would have easily overtaken me at the end. I lost all my energy!
My teamrider Moni from Germany, who lived in Taiwan and speaks pretty well Chinese and our tour leader Frank went to a pharmacie with me after the tour to get something to built me up. The drugs were cheap and gave me a sleepless night plus the perception that I won't survive another day in the saddle if I don't stop biking now.
But it was amazing how everyone took care of me. Romain, my roommate went to the supermarket in the middle of the night to get me a bottle of water and carried my luggage to the room. I've been nonstop asked if I need or want anything or how I am feeling. The whole team felt the pain with me and gave me the feeling even when I am not biking I am part of this team and this great experience! This is how to connect people!
I participated in the stages
- 11/16 Ruisui > Zhiben
- 11/17 Zhiben > Checheng
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade! :)