Ben Around the World Diary – 1st June 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – 1st June 2018

ODO 1592km
Location 10km north of Graz
Weather 17-20 Overcast with rain showers throughout the day
Feelings High on the morning but exhausted after the crash.

I slept a full hour through my alarm having already gone to bed an hour earlier the night before. I really needed the sleep!

In the morning I completed the final 845m peak feeling good. This one was a pass on road so despite having taken the mountain bike route the day before this one came easy to me. I began the decent and the kilometres started to fall away they had been in Belgium with a great deal of descent helping greatly.

Just before lunch I came to a little airfield and waited to watch an aircraft land. I was obviously noticeable standing in silhouette with my bike because on landing the pilot taxied over and all three occupants waved.

Because of the rain and wind I wasn’t able to have a nap at lunch for a second day today.

In the afternoon the terrain fluctuated between heavy industry and segregated cycle track. Passing through a small town I managed to post my camera that I sold on eBay to save weight and I was chuffed not to have to worry about it anymore.

Things were about to change though as signs of my growing tiredness were there but I didn’t pay attention to them and stop. Twice I ended up in the verge by loosing concentration and descending into a town I had to brake rapidly to avoid hitting a car that was coming head on around the bend.

Shortly after, I was descending a slope in the same town and totally misjudged the balance of the bike. Saw I was going to hit he curb and rolled off into the verge. There’s that terrible moment where the crash is inevitable and you just watch it happen. The aftermath, a big chunk out of my knee was left on the curb and my left hip was bruised as it had taken the brunt of my weight. I went over onto my right side so I’m not entirely sure how the injuries on my left side.

I patched myself up, glad that I’d recently mounted my first aid kit to the outside of my bags. I thought, if I need this I’m not going to want or be able to unclip all my bags. The plaster was too small but I didn’t want to go full bandage so I decided on simply cleaning it with water and a wipe and taking my kids scissors included in the first aid kit and cutting off a loose flap of skin. Let’s see how it heals.

I considered a hostel and a campsite but decided instead to stop early about 10km down the road of the accident. Tonight I’m going to read, relax and take a chilled start in the morning through Graz and into Slovenia!


Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.
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