"There are no wrong ways, just different..."
Jack, our bicycle guide, does not mean this as prophetic it's just his struggle with our language.
I hear it as a global metaphor for most things in life...
We've clocked 123 miles as of today. Tomorrow we finish with a 35 cycle from Bruges to the North Sea.
We took one day off to recover from bicycling thru a tornado😃! And lost 35 miles for our total...
Jack tells us we cannot get lost...you could veer off course but there is no wrong ways. This has been his response to most things. He's a diplomat. For 35 years he worked with troubled kids as a social worker so few things rattle him. Disagreeable tourists are easy compared to his former teenage clients. He rides from April to September for this Bike and Barge group. He's 62.
He clocks nearly 200 miles a week. He works three weeks and takes one week off. When he's not riding his bike and entertaining cyclists on holiday, he is a professional voice over talent for the Netherlands. He is fluent in 6 languages. He reads "books on tape", does corporate videos and some television commercials. He is single.
He prefers it.
A gentle giant. It's been a fun week to be in his care...
And it's not over yet!
After all , there are no wrong ways, just different...to the North Sea!