In October, with one week left before Paddy had to go back to work, we decided to take the bikes away to escape reality. With only a few days available and looking for some fun rather than a challenge we decided to head to Norfolk to explore a part of the UK neither of us knew.
Three months after our cycle trip around South America we are back at work and have fitted back into normal life surprisingly easily. However, flashbacks from the road are a common thing, especially at night when trying to get to sleep in a comfy bed is now impossible, and we find ourselves missing our tent.
After six weeks back in the UK, catching up with friends and family over countless meals we were keen to get back on the bikes for a bit of exercise. We chose a local ride along the Thames Cycle Path and were pleased to discover a quiet route with plenty of interesting sights on route.
So here we are, quite literally at the end of the road for our cycle tour of South America. Tomorrow morning we’ll take a boat across the bay to Rio de Janeiro and cycle to the point on Ipanema Beach where we started our adventure 14 months and 12 days ago. My emotions are all over the place.