Upto this point in time I was expecting my bike to arrive in Hamburg mid October and had booked my flights accordingly. From Shiraz to Dusseldorf, visit friends in the Netherlands and then a train to Hamburg to pick up my bike. BUT while waiting at Shiraz airport for my flight I got an email from the shipping agent that my bike would only be available for pickup at Hamburg in mid November which means I had a month to kill. After some research into flights to various countries (I had to get out of the EU as I am only allowed 3 months in the Schengen area) and a few quick messages I booked a return flight to New York.
I now had a week of taking it easy with friends in Veghel and doing nothing after months of non-stop travel.