My final day of riding took me through stunning scenery but also up some steep climbs. Crossing the Danube on a ferry I saw lots more cycle tourers. I said hello but got no responses.
Riding along the Danube was lovely, as it has been every time I’ve come across it. I noticed how much I have become used to Hungary during this section of the ride. Twenty-four days ago when I left Budapest on this section of the Euro Velo 6 everything was new and odd. Now it is all familiar. With 8km to go I reach an area with lots of eateries and bufes. It’s a good time to stop for ice cream and a slushie on the Danube. Goodness knows it is my last day and this chance will not arise again too soon. I finally feel happy after 152km. Someone should have had a slushie machine and ice cream shop earlier. The statues with the umbrellas are still there like they were a month ago. And I still like them a lot.
And then the triumphant moment when I reach Parliament here in Budapest. All the stresses and frustrations of the day are gone. All the whining will soon be forgotten and the tired muscles will recover. What I will be left with are wonderful memories, amazing images and this moment standing with my bike in front of one of the world’s grandest structures.