I got up at a more reasonable time today and had breakfast with Akram before joining him again at the Foundation. As the day wore on I began to snap out of the exhausted daze into which the difficult ride to Rawalpindi threw me. Whereas yesterday I seemed quite happy to sit around with little stimulation besides the stuff I was reading, today I got quite bored and restless. This is a good sign. It means my body is becoming ready for more riding. My reading today led me to discover a series of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) publications from the 1990s, which proved interesting reads. Again I was introduced to various people but didn’t quite know who anyone was and what they were doing there. I am particularly lucky to have met one guy though. On hearing about my journey, he contacted some people he knew and within a couple of hours had confirmed that a national TV station is keen on conducting an interview with me. Pretty exciting! On the way home Akram told me how he had been introduced to hot-air ballooning by Malcom Forbes (billionaire publisher of the Forbes magazine) after he had been tasked with escorting the business superstar through northern Pakistan by helicopter. Just one of Akram’s many incredible life stories.

The Foundation

Accommodation Home of a lovely family
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 18,798km