That would be one hour of cleaning for every 1000km of the tour (5,286km)! It took me 5 hours today to get the car looking the way my car normally looks (or the way I would like it to normally look :))
My sister was slightly dismissive of the cleaning time frame suggesting that the car didn’t look that dirty. My disbelief that she could suggest such a thing could mean that, just as my Dutch friends coveted the dirt on their bikes, I too have fallen prey to the “maximum dirt = offroad credibility” phenomenon. That said, it is a very satisfying feeling at the end of 5 hours of sweaty labour to step back and admire the gleaming silver of the paintwork and the dust free interior. Love that before and after feeling.
I did find a couple of small surprises though. It seems that wheel arches are a prefect place to germinate if you are a burr (small annoying seed that sticks to clothes etc). Pix below 🙂
I am finding it hard to adjust to my normal routine now that I am home. I feel a little guilty for not racing around getting something done. I have spent the last 4 weeks go, go, going from dawn til after dusk and now it feels quite decadent to finish my chores and pull up a spot on the couch long before dark. I am certain that I will get over these misplaced guilt feelings and adapt back into my casual approach to life.
In the mean time here are a few more shots from the trip…
And one of my faves that I have put up as a header shot…
Catch you next time when I will start spilling about those moments on tour when things go wrong… and not just for the others, for me as well 🙂