Friday - - Making A Difference -

Tom kept a daily jour­nal of his jour­ney. Here are some key ex­tracts:

On the French win­ter weather: ‘Aw­ful all day. It didn’t stop rain­ing at all apart from when it snowed… I was soaked.’

On Croa­t­ian mo­torists: ‘The road was quiet and of the cars that did pass many gave friendly beeps of en­cour­age­ment. Af­ter rid­ing a lot in Lon­don it’s easy to tell this apart from an an­gry beep. The road was smooth and the view spec­tac­u­lar.’

On In­dian hos­pi­tal­ity: ‘It quickly be­came clear that peo­ple here are the most hos­pitable of any I have ever come across. Over the two days I spent in Mum­bai I have been com­pletely spoilt.’

On In­dian cui­sine: ‘I found a place to stop for a de­cent lunch. It was called Biryani & More. Although the word ‘more’ was a bit of a lie. They ac­tu­ally only served birya­nis. It was, how­ever, very tasty.’

On the Thai­land heat: ‘I felt pro­gres­sively worse and pulled in for a stop. I bought a litre of cold wa­ter and emp­tied it over my head. Now whether that solved the prob­lem or whether the cold gave my body a mas­sive shock I’m not sure, but I felt much bet­ter for it.’

On New Zealand wildlife: ‘We’re now in Kaik­oura – a known whale-watch­ing spot – and guess how many I saw? Ab­so­lutely none.’

On the Amer­i­can Great Lakes: ‘I’m cu­ri­ous, can I call the edge of Lake Su­pe­rior the coast? Or is “shore” the only suit­able name? It’s dif­fi­cult to see it as a lake when look­ing out to­wards it. It is so big and I’m go­ing to be skirt­ing the edge of it for a fair while.’

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