Today Jo and Alex, the two aussies, gave me just the pick me up I needed. We set off early, and reached Laon by mid day – brilliant! At the campsite there we met English Les and Leslie, and they gave us a lift up the hill to the town centre – in a car!
We found the internet cafe was closed, but I did some laundry, and a very helpful bookshop owner let us use the internet in his office, but there wasn’t time to update the site or email anyone. At the campsite we also met some of Dutch cyclists going from Holland to Paris, including one on a city bike with no gears! Another Dutch father and son on their way to Paris marvelled at my Brompton (he had one for commuting) and the trailer.
Jo and Alex are quick up hills, and quicker on the flat, but I kept up most of the time, and did my best average speed so far – 17kph. It’s really nice to travel with people again, and share beers in the evening and talk in English.