Game changer

Joining Cyclists’ Hospitality Network

On the 1st of April 2015 I flew to Chicago for cycling Bicycle Route 66 to the West and TransAmerican Trail to the East and joined cyclists’ hospitality network.

News – AirBerlin confused everything something during my 3-days flight from Johannesburg to Chicago. Better news – it became obvious in Abu-Dhabi airport which I like. They respect passengers. So they respected my offer to leave me alone in business launch and to land me in Chicago when they have chance. Actually no matter when as I didn’t stressed when (if) my bicycle trip starts. Till that I would enjoy their spa, buffet and Macs Pro with big diagonal. So I did.

 

Chicago Photo album

 

Business launch in Abu-Dhabi airport

Business launch in Abu-Dhabi airport

Eastern tae with sweets

Eastern tae with sweets

Another news once landed in Chicago – they messed up my backpack (with somebody’s suitcase?!). Better news – they delivered it the next day to my door so I absorbed the centre of Chicago without it. Well, the door wasn’t really mine as I stayed at John’s apartment. In fact they brought it in midnight, not in the midday, but John didn’t mind. That what he told. John was a math teacher at school and the lucky one in Chicago hosted me through cyclists’ network. That how I learned about parallel travelling world and started enjoying it.

Typical teacher's/cyclist's apartment

Typical teacher’s/cyclist’s apartment

Chicago is madly beautiful. All spaces around and between skyscrapers are walkable and pedestrian friendly.

It happened that my bike delivery to the shop just out of Chicago South would take 10 days instead of 2. To not make John happier with staying 10 days than he already was with previous 2 I took a bus ride to Tennessee to be back to Chicago in 10 days. Damascus Trail Days 2015 were happening there next weekend and I still remember how exciting was this event in 2014 when I hiked the Appalachian Trail.

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Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.

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