"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'"
-- Helen Exley
By a twist of fate, I eventually made it to my rendezvous with the Channel Tunnel on Saturday at the start of the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally, a road trip that will take me through 18 countries on the way to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, in a tiny, tiny car.
The weather gods were on my side: The English rain caused a two-hour delay, but this meant I would reach my destination of Brussels after all. Just in time for a well-deserved nightcap. I was relieved to have a place to sleep. I was less relieved to find my bed for the evening was infested with bed bugs. People often tell me I need to socialize more, but this was not what I had in mind.
My journey on Sunday took me to the German city of Nuremberg. The travel time from my bug-infested bed to Nuremberg was about 7.5 hours. You may be thinking, "Geez, that's a long drive," but when you have slightly less than 10,000 miles ahead and hundreds of hours of driving just around the corner, it's not so bad.