Grams of Inspiration #5 — Leaving Doesn’t Get Easier

This picture shows Tanija, Natasha and Valija from Magazin Kashtan in the village of Kilija, Ukraine. Kilija comes up along the Danube River between Izmail and Odessa, a popular week-long cycle touring route during Spring and Summer.

Magazin Kashtan was where one of my shortest and most intense cycle touring encounters has happened. I walked in just to get some bread, but as it’s nearly always the case, that’s never the whole story. They seemed especially glad to see, maybe because i came from so far (Brazil). I believe that can be seen in their smiles on the photo.

But despite their contagious joy, this encounter was also a tough reminder that we’re constantly departing on a cycle tour — perhaps in life in general? This was one of the countless occasions in which i broke into tears upon leaving them behind — “am i ever going to see them again!?”

This will likely not quite apply to the vast majority of my readers — but on the off chance that you’re doing the Izmail–Odessa ride, please swing by Magazin Kashtan on your way through Kilija — do you food shopping there, and tell the ladies that Mika, cycle touring guy from Brazil, says ‘hi’ 🙂

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