Here we go, it’s monday and this is the last day of the trip where hopefully I’m arriving in Paris, alive. Monday morning at the hotel I met this group of 6 British fellows doing the same route, we had a chat about the trip and stuff; as for the first day on the ferry when I met with those 2 guys from Lake District, the atmosphere was nice and we had a hood laugh.
Shortly after 9.30am I left the hotel for what I expected to be an easy day to arrive in the center of Paris. Sun is shining and the traffic is light. However it’s very very windy and the route between Beauvais and Paris (via Méru, Taverny, Clichy) is hilly.
As a result of this, my average speed that day went down to 23kmh for 80km (55miles) and I made it to the Place du Trocadero (Eiffel Tower) in 3h30. Surprisingly the traffic was pretty light in Paris (arrived around 1.30pm) and except the ridiculous amount of pavés all over the place, the ride is quite easy in the city of love.
Once I arrived at the Trocadero I was very happy and proud. What an achievement! I did it! Despite an awful first day where I nearly get in a train back to London, I accomplished my project I’ve been working on for the last 4 months, raising $760 for the LiveSTRONG foundation! So proud, so happy! I’ve also been super touché by all the support as well from my girlfriend, my mum, friends, colleagues and anonymous people! It was also very nice to share this moment of joy and glory with my close friends on monday night in Paris, it was so good to see you all and I promised I’ll come more often to Paris, and on Eurostar! Great Success!
I hope this blog will inspire you to achieve a similar project, you’ll feel very good after such a thing, trust me.
- Don’t do it alone as I did, it’ll be more fun with friends.
- Get some training.
- Know your route.
- If you’re having a side bag, get one with clipping hooks. Mine hadn’t and I lost it several times, including on the pavés in Paris.
- Keep yourself determined as if you’re encoutering all the troubles you’ve never imagined, arriving in Paris will be a relieve.
- You’ll enjoy the ride more on the French side than the British one, the road is on a way better state.
- Don’t get an early way back Eurostar to London as I did (7am tuesday), as I’m writing this right now and I’m knackered.