Day 19 - July 28 2016: Esztergom to Budapest
Well, I made it (happily collapses in a jelly-legged heap).
Woke to find my back tyre was flat. Assumed it was a slow leak so pumped it up and it ended up getting me most of the way before it needed pumping up again. Took it pretty easy for the first 10kms as it was highway again, though not busy. I was about to take another pic of a fibbing 'deer next 5kms' sign and then, whaddaya know? A deer jumped out in front of me! Brilliant. Unfortunately, deer don't tend to stick around for long enough to pose for a pic.
Took a ferry to the right side of the Danube, having ridden for most of the trip on the left. The track was mostly excellent for the next 40 or so kms and I took it pretty easy and enjoyed the view.
Getting into the hotel was a slog. Tons of traffic and the bike lanes and footpaths are not so great. Still, elated to have made it and to have kicked the ass of something that had been eating at me for 3 years :-)
Enormous thanks to all of you good folk who have liked and commented and sent words of encouragement: I never felt alone for a single second and that's actually something quite new for me, and wonderful to feel. Thank you!