Laura Davies, from our brewing operations team, reflects on the team's challenge as she heads home.
Day five started with a very welcome lie in for all of us! The realisation that we were not cycling was quite strange and I felt a sense of both relief but also sadness that our incredible journey was coming to an end.
Various groups split off and enjoyed a day exploring beautiful Paris, experiencing the great food and sights the city had to offer.
Before we knew it, we were heading to the Gard Du Nor for our return journey. After an hour long delay to our departure time, over 300 miles cycled and Paris now behind us, we were finally on our way home. It was a strange feeling, knowing that soon you were going to be back in your own bed. The Eurostar journey was a quiet one, many of us reflecting on our huge achievement – others asleep! Every single one of us had an amazing experience, and many new friendships have been made. Some of us have even promised to meet up for a bike ride at some point, but that might not be for a while!
I’m feeling so proud of our achievement, and am now looking forward to my next challenge!
Due to further train delays leaving London, we didn’t arrive back in Suffolk until almost midnight. The feeling of being back in a familiar bed was amazing, and while reflecting on the whole trip, I quickly drifted to sleep.
To anyone who is considering taking up a challenge like this and isn’t sure, just do it. At times it has felt more like a holiday with friends than an exhausting cycle trip, and we all have amazing memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.