And so we bid our farewell to the road for some well-earned work, say goodbye to the sunshine and embrace the invigorating Cornish mizzle, and hang up our climbing rope and head to the boulder gym. But before all of this, we had a quick think about what we did. Sure it was by no means the most far out travelling experience, but to us it was quite okay. We set off at the beginning of April with a vague plan to drive to Slovenia, possibly enough money, and an old Golf that we weren't quite convinced would make the long haul. It turned out to be awesome, mostly in ways that we couldn't have predicted. Here's a few statistics that we accumulated along the way...
7 countries visited
6,988.2 miles driven
1,086.35 euros spent on petrol
112 nights away
47 nights slept in the car
25 nights slept in the tent
38 nights slept in various houses
1 night spent in a kid's soft playpen on a ferry
1 night unaccountable for...?!
16 days worked in exchange for bed & board
42 crags climbed at
9 crags we never found
102 sport routes climbed
? boulder problems climbed... A lot
3 indoor centres visited
2 indoor centres in the middle of Europe at which we now hold lifelong membership
1 pieces of gear lost (!)
17 mozzamato sandwiches eaten (this one might not be strictly accurate - it could be as many as 57...)
0 days, nights or incidents that made us think twice about what we were doing.
It's been bizarre, stressful, exciting, beautiful, satisfying, awe-inspiring, funny, jaw-achingly dumb, thought provoking, and lots more beside. Posts might be a bit less frequent now, as we plan to stick around for a bit and we don't want to bore with photos of paint drying now we're back to work... Although, that said, looks like we're heading back to the forest in a couple of weeks so maybe they won't be.