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Enough is enough

18th April- Strasbourg to Lille

After a hearty breakfast Hils and I set off for the train station so I could see her off, then set off to head in the direction of Reims- which I anticipated would take 4 days.

after saying goodbye I suddenly felt very alone and really sad, and then it started to rain. I circled the station for a while, thoughts swimming around and dreading the prospect of even 4 days of cycling alone, let alone at least a week to get to Lille, and I decided right there I want to go home and headed back to the hotel to use the wifi to find a way to get home.

I spent about 2 hours online figuring out he best way that wasn’t going to cost a fortune, all the while battling with the voices in my head. “You’ve failed if you go home now, it’s only a week and what will people think” then the other “get stuffed, I’m done. I’m missing Nik, I’m sick of being on my own and this is my journey nobody else’s.” The second voice won and I booked a train from to Lille and changed my Eurostar for the next day. I know I’d made the right decision because normally the stingy in me wouldn’t agree to paging an extra £150 onto anything, but I didn’t care I just wanted to go home.

The first hurdle was to try and get on the fast train that didn’t usually take bikes, so I was ready with my best ‘I’m a poor defenceless girl alone who really needs your help’ face. It worked- luckily the very nice train manager, who also had his bike not only let me on the train with my bike but also let me off paying extra for it and put me in my own little carriage. He was my knight in shining armour who let me breath a huge sigh of relief knowing I’d be home in my own bed with my man tomorrow.

Got to Lille around 4pm and hung around in the hostel for the evening, which had a real buzz to it and some nice people to talk to. I still had the first voice in my head, but the second was definitely overpowering it.

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Fun in strasbourg

15th- 17th April- Strasbourg- rest weekend

Nik’s mum came to visit me the weekend, which was just what I needed after a tough few days on the bike- mentally not physically.

i arrived a little earlier and got to the hotel to make the most of the nice bathroom (all to myself), comfy bed, TV and a kettle to make as much tea as I wanted. It’s the little things eh?!

It was lovely to see Hils and spend some quality time together, which we haven’t really done yet. Good chance for her to check out if I’m definitely marriage material for Nik and also for me to ensure I won’t have a nightmare mother in law to deal with- luckily i think we’re both safe!

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This woman is a real life shopping guru, she knows all the names and products (it seems) of all the shops and her ability to swoop in, pick an item up, assess its quality and durability in seconds is really quite something. I came away with a dress, cardigan, pair or trousers and a top without it realising I’d bought anything!

we didn’t just shop though, we checked out the cathedral in the main square which has this grand old clock inside with so much detailing you had to stare at it for a while to take it all in. Outside we got talking to a guy from Yorkshire and I told him what I was doing and he very kindly gave me €10 towards the fundraising.

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We did a lot of walking, despite Strasbourg not being a huge city- we checked out the European Parliament part of the city, where we stumbled across this lovely park with an old orangerie, fountains and even a mini free zoo!

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Afterwards we went into this lovely patisserie for fancy tea and cake- the selection of cakes made my mouth water! I really need to curb this cake addiction when I get back or I’ll be the size of a house.

We’re both fans of rose wine and I especially love my food, so as the weather wasn’t too great we spent a decent amount of time eating wonderful food and drinking nice rose- my idea of a perfect weekend.

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