We attempted to leave Budapest on Sunday. We made about 30km and then it happened. My left knee, which had been giving me pain over the 3 days between Vienna and Budapest, started to hurt again.
There’s nothing for it — it needs to get better. I can’t cycle right now, depressing and frustrating as it is. This afternoon, I’m going to see an orthopedic surgeon in Budapest to see how I can treat it. But for the next few days at least, thanks to David’s uncompromising hospitality, we’re staying in the yurt.
David’s stories and philosophies are truly captivating and the campfire discussions we’ve been having are excellent food for thought. I am quite content to be relaxing here, as I have no real time limits on my travels, so I am using this as an opportunity to do some reading and debating. I would recommend anyone travelling through Budapest to look David up on Couchsurfing.org and stay a night or two.
This also gives us time to improve the riding position of our bikes, which is the likely cause of the problem; reflect on the last few weeks’ travel; and do a bit more research into the next part of the route. I’m hoping that the news I get later today will be positive, and that we’ll be able to get underway once again before too long.