Ben Around the World Diary – 24th May 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – 24th May 2018

  • ODO 628km
  • Location REVAL48 – Railway come cycleway in Germany
  • Weather 12-27℃ Stormy showers into the evening
  • Feelings High spirits listening to music.

This morning in Belgium and experienced the Netherlands and Germany before following the German/Belgian border. The Belgian roads have been the best but this afternoon, while climbing my first 500m hill alongside a highway was tough. I’m more tired today than I thought I’d be at this point. I’m going to try and get a nap in at lunch to make up for it.

Towards the end of the day I switched off the highway onto an amazing old railway which is now a 100km cycle track. Half way to my campsite for the net I met Veronika & Matthias with their two kids in the trailer behind the bikes. We shared a few biscuits and a few stories of their 4 year trip together as we sheltered from a passing storm in and old train car parked up alongside the path.

One of stories Mit told me a few night before was of the effects of lime disease from a tick bite she received. She’d even go so far as to gift me a small plastic device to remove them.  Laying reading my phone, a black tick crawls plane across the screen. I tried to crush it with a guide book but it turns out they are really tough bastards. Then in a panic I tried to unzip the tent to throw it out. But in fumbling with the zip managed to loose it entirely in the darkess. I spent the next half a hour emptying, examining and shaking out every piece of clothing and kit one by one, including the bivy itself. Exhausted I lay back down. As I rolled over to go to sleep, after reading a few more pages of Jace Clayton’s Uprooted, there it was, crawling across my orange roll mat. This time I managed to get it onto the edge of the owners manual for the tent, managed to open the zip first time and fling it out into the tent to a sigh of relief.

I hope there was only one.


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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