I had a break, there is why.
Lately, you surely noticed that the activity on the website has been very low. The reason is that I took a break. It was not in the plan as I wanted to come back to France without taking any plane. Two reasons for this break are:
- I spent nearly 3 years without coming back to France. I needed to see my family and friends.
- Indonesia has been hard physically and mentally as I had to keep going everyday even though I was sick at least 2 days a week, due to the heat and the sun and the humidity.
I spent quite a lot of time thinking about this decision but it was the most reasonable one. So I started to look for people on Couchsurfing and Warmshower who could host me and especially my bike in Singapore when I will be back to France. Adrian, a Spanish teacher living in Singapore with his wife Ying has been the first one to reply positively. I’m lucky as he became directly a friend and we have plans of cycling together in the futur…
So I dropped my bike at his place then went on a holiday in Thailand with Amy, it was awesome, then flew back to France to make a surprise to my family. Only two friends knew that I was coming back and none of my parents could imagine that I was going to be back for the end of year celebrations.
Back to France
When I arrived in France, my friend Chris came to pick me up at the airport and we drew to my parent’s house. No one was there. We went for breaky in my hometown and it was weird to see this place again. Nothing had really changed. We tried again a bit later… still nothing. We went golfing and came back in the afternoon, still nothing. I spent the night at Chris and the day after we tried again. My dad was here! Then my mum came and finally my sister with her boyfriend that I didn’t know yet as they met each other 2 weeks after I left 3 years ago. I finally skyped my second sister who is living in Tours and my mother appeared in the frame of the camera. Every one reacted pretty strongly! I could not believe it. It’s great to feel loved and I felt a bit guilty to have left for so long. I recorded the moments they saw me to make a video. You’ll see that in my next video!
I was supposed to stay for a month and finally stayed for almost 2 and a half months in France. It was so good to be back and being able to relax without being stressed of finding new clients or a way to get a bit of money to sustain myself.
I flew back to Singapore on the 1st of March and went to Adrian’s house. I found my bike again and the first night Ying got the idea to go for dinner by bicycle. It was good to be back on the wheels.
What’s next? Still thinking…
I have to admit it’s been hard to come back to nomad life. After three years travelling all around, I kind of aim now to a more settled life where travels will be for work and not longer than 6 months in a row. I think, my plan for after this bike trip will be to create a visual agency based on travel photography and to make my new website www.thenomadwolf.com grow bigger.
For now I’m back on the road, the first day was tough as I got sunburnt and had a heat stroke. I lost all my physical condition but in a week I should be able to hit 100km a day again. As well, being alone all day start to be a bit difficult. That’s what I wanted 3 years ago but I definitely evolved on this point and I need and want now to share my experiences with someone else.
The trip is still on!
06/03/2017 – It’s time to leave
trip distance: 54.19km
total distance by bicycle: 9721km
07/03/2017 – slowly got back into shape
total distance by bicycle: 9784km