– The adventures of a solo round the world cyclist –

Day 1006 (France Day 5)

I don’t mean to show off, but my life honestly couldn’t get any better right now. Six years ago I dreamed of cycling around the world. For three years I saved money working as a zoologist, which is what I’d always wanted to be since I can remember. In 2015 I rolled out of my parent’s driveway and started pedalling. Since then I have covered over 29,600km through 28 countries between Australia and France, having the most unimaginably amazing experiences along the way. I am in Paris for the next five nights, living in a one-bedroom apartment that I have all to myself, courtesy of a friend I met on the road. On Monday I’ll fly home to another beautiful city, where I will be met by the best family a guy could ever ask for, not to mention some pretty awesome friends. Five days later I get to stand among my extended family and watch my sister get married to a great guy. Then I get to wake up and ask myself – what’s next?

What a day! I met Arthur at 10.30am. This is a guy I met for just five minutes while crossing paths on the road in Greece. He took me on a walking tour of Lyon, showing me a city he clearly loves. I was treated to lunch at his favourite restaurant, where we were joined by his mum. On parting, his mum gave me a block of chocolate.

Walking back to the hostel where I’d stored my stuff, I stopped off at Lidl to get some food supplies. Bike packed, I raced to the train station, where I organised my ticket for a train to Paris. I received some help from a kind lady when I struggled to my bike into the carriage. Then I was coasting along on a train. The five-hour journey went smoothly. A friendly guy helped me get my stuff out onto the platform.

On finding out that I can’t take a bicycle on the metro, I had a thrilling ride through the night to reach north Paris, where I was handed keys to a one-bedroom apartment by Arthur’s brother-in-law (to be?) Alex. Twenty minutes later and I had finished lugging my stuff to the fifth floor of an apartment building, letting myself into my very own Parisian home. I cooked a pasta meal for dinner before having a shower. It’s now after 2am.

Day 1007E

With my Lyon hosts yesterday

Accommodation Apartment
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 29,600km

2 Responses to “Day 1006 (France Day 5)”

  1. Stephen Crocker

    Amazing achievement Mark. Thank you for all the diary entries which I have enjoyed reading. I feel like I have been on the adventure with you. Congratulations again and look forward to catching up with you again soon – Steve


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