Pouring down one minute and sunny the next. That's Casablanca at the moment.
The changeable weather is not the only thing that is totally unpredictable at the moment. Following my last report I once again checked the lost luggage site on BA expecting to see yet again that information on my luggage was unavailable at the moment but that they were doing their best to locate it. But no!!!
The bag had been located subject to confirmation!!! Who's confirmation ? There can surely only be one Mercian Bawling its eyes out and lost in a foreign port. My boy needed me, where was he, was he damaged? I asked the hotel man to ring the BA number immediately. No reply. So we rang all the numbers at the airport and after he was off the phone he said that Mercian was at the airport waiting to be picked up!
It seemed too good to be true. So I had them call Mohamed a taxi driver I could trust. He'd been good to me when I was down the night I'd lost my luggage and we took the hours drive through Casablanca to the airport. While he waited I did the rounds of the airport looking for the retrieved luggage section. And there he was , plastic film wrapped and looking happy. BA gift wrapped him for me. Or maybe they wrapped him because there was so much damage?
No. On closer inspection of the outside of his bag and a more detailed check back at the hotel, all looked well.
|My M.U.M (Mercian Urban Machine) is Back Again.|
I am so happy to see him again. The baggage staff gave me no info on where the hold up had occurred and honestly I was only joking at Heathrow when I wrote in my diary that the Mercian may want to hang around in London having been brought up near there so to speak.
Adi has not yet paid for the ticket home so my journey around the world could continue from here although I would possible have to cut a little distance out of Morocco.
But. And I have thought carefully about this. I am not going to continue this trip for a number of reasons. But the main reason is because during my distress Adi was my rock. She has saved for this trip, encouraged me and been denied a part of it which was originally planned. She has endured the stress of her cat (Bob) almost dying while I was away and has now next week got to go into hospital to relieve pain in her knees and feet.
I feel if I go home now I have achieved the goal of having cycled another continent. I have not lost my bike and most importantly I can support Adi when she comes out of hospital and we may still have enough money to go on a cycle trip to Vietnam which she was looking forward too.
So that's it for the World Cycle Race but certainly not it for me and overseas touring. I have no regrets and I still have a Visa for Vietnam later in the year. Adi hopefully will be up and running for a joint trip. I certainly wont be going without her. So keep in touch with this blog if interested. ( I have unfinished buisness in China and Southeast Asia).
|The Suns Out But it's Still Stormy along the Coast.|
I'm coming home Adi, book me a ticket and put the jug on. O' that's right you cant walk. I'll put the jug on.
Ps. have you noticed the tv in the picture of my bike and I. Broken. Just like everything else in Sth America and so far in Morocco. I can't wait to be somewhere where stuff generally does what it should.
Thanks to everyone who has made supportive comments I appreciate it. I will be blogging as usual since my bike and I are re- united and cycling life will go on and must be reported on.. Adi and I will soon be also re united and then its back on my wheels and out on the roads.
And I wish the still racing WCR riders the best. I can now follow from the comfort of the sofa. But with a new appreciation of all that can go wrong with even the best laid plans.