Europe! But First, a Mountain Bike

Frantically cleaning house and packing, then repacking, then purging unnecessary items – yep, it’s almost honeymoon time! The Mechanic and I were forced to reevaluate our packing lists when we realized that not only does the weather forecast for Zurich show cooler and rainier weather than we expected, it seems to be the same for all of the Lake Constance region for the next week. So out came the sandals and shorts and skirts, and in went more long pants and oxfords. I’m sure this means that by the last week of our trip, it will be miserably hot. That’s okay, I plan to shop!

High of 61*F and 100% chance of rain on the day we plan to do some hiking.

High of 61*F and 100% chance of rain on the day we plan to do some hiking.

In between cleaning and packing, our betta, Raleigh, has come down with some fishy malaise, and we aren’t really sure what to do about it. So with days to spare, we’ve been obsessively staring at him, trying to determine if there has been any change, no matter how slight, to his health. Our neighbors, who are watching our apartment while we are gone, have been primed to not be surprised if he dies – “It wouldn’t be the first time I flushed a fish,” one said.

Weird spots, swim bladder bulges, and an inability to hold his tail up - luckily there is plenty of greenery for him to drape himself on.

Weird spots, swim bladder bulges, and an inability to hold his tail up – luckily there is plenty of greenery for him to drape himself on.

And while all this has been going on, The Mechanic finished my mountain bike, Sopwith Camel! I’m very excited! I tried it out briefly the other night, before it was put away for a while. It handles so much differently than Fauntleroy, and the straight handle bars and trigger shifters might take some getting used to. I’ll have to do a longer post at some point to show the Start to Finish of the bike, but for now, a few photos will have to do.

 

And now – off to close up the bags! See you later!

I think this is the smallest carry-on I've ever used! Note the BikeArlington water bottle for size comparison.

I think this is the smallest carry-on I’ve ever used! Note the BikeArlington water bottle for size comparison.

All this stuff in one large travel pack!

All this stuff in one large travel pack!

 

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