I have just had a very lovely afternoon and night out with two of the most beautiful people I’ve met. Thank you Etienne and Mathilde for travelling into Paris to see me before I travel home. It was a very nice reminder that I have made some amazing friends during this journey, people who I want to know for the rest of my life. I first met Etienne and Mathilde in Pamir Lodge on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. I caught up with them again at Vero’s house in Dushanbe. And now for a third time in Paris. At first I met with Etienne. We had some food before enjoying a beer. It was while drinking that I received the surprise that Mathilde had come too. They travelled separately as they both finished work at different times. We had another drink before going in search of a photo exhibition about Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. A long stroll then took us to a nice restaurant for dinner. Too soon we had to part ways again. Much of our conversation was about the challenge of adapting to a life after a long bicycle journey like ours. Having also cycled to Europe from Asia, Etienne and Mathilde are finding it hard to settle back into a work routine.

I had spent the morning cleaning my bike and beginning to pack it into a box. Before catching up with Etienne I posted 12kg of luggage home and printed my flight reservations. Unfortunately, I left the printed documents in Mathilde’s bag so I will have to print some more tomorrow.

Comrades

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