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JahTours International 1988
After all the years without much money now I also lost my time. No Easter-springbreak and no Formula One in May ... but a few days with favorable wind to bike to the coast! I made over 500 kilometers the first day towards Dijon, then another two days with 370 kilometers each, and then I was, in ... Menton! Friends were already waiting and the story I told seemed unbelievable. But I felt the stress, especially my hands - for two days I was not able to hold a pen or take pictures with my tiny camera ...
On the way back north I rode straight into a coldfront and spent hours in a supermarket in Gap to warm up again. My limited clothing approach was stretched to the edge, the thin sleeping bag was ok for summer but not for 5 degrees in the mountains. I finally made it in two and a half days back to Basel, Switzerland, from where I took the train home.
After the killer-biketour in Spring I tackled another challence in summer: The first european IRONMAN competition. Swimming almost 4 kilometers with 700 competitors in a canal, biking 180 kilometers without a pause and 'running' the first marathon in my life ... was fun! This way I came to Menton twice, before and after the race.
July was great with GG and the usual crew. In August I met new friends, the sun was burning deadly and I shoot a few 'dark sky special' black and white photos:
Didn't made it to Menton in autumn but my job in a supermarket made me money for the winter. First I tried finding a cheap ticket for Hawaii, but then I found the killer-deal for Florida and flew with El-Al - the very same night in 1988 when the Pan Am Jumbo was bombed down - to Miami Beach. I got a red Toyota for 10 days to discover the mosquito-state. The Atlantic was fun, warm waters, some waves and I went shopping at Ron Jons in of Cocoa 'Kelly Slater' Beach. The Gulf coast was rather boring, I did not bother seeing Disney or the Everglades but made it for two tropical days on the Florida Keys.
Over the years many people came to the beach for fun and incredible cheap holidays. Whether or not you were a part of the Menton beach gang of the 80s, we'd like to hear from you.
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