We were supposed to be on the road by now. Our Russian visas have arrived. The new tent has arrived. A new stove has been bought. Bike parts were ordered weeks ago … but a catalogue of c*ck-ups means we are still stuck in (beautiful but wet) Derbyshire waiting for a left-hand crank. NOT a left-hand HAND-crank, just a straight forward left-hand crank. Sigh.
Still, since today is the only dry day so far this week, we are taking some consolation from the fact that we haven’t spent a week pedalling in the rain. It is a small consolation though.