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I've been home now for just over 24 hours. I am surprised at how quickly I have adjusted and everything has become "normal". I was expecting arriving home to be a surreal experience, but it wasn't. Everything is just the same as it ever was.

It's going to take a while to think through everything that's happened over the last few months. In some ways it would already be easy to believe the whole trip "was just a dream" - a dream from which I woke up 20 kilos lighter and with 5 years supply of bicycle spares...

Right now, I'm not sure what exactly I've learned from the trip. Africa is not at all like I expected - it's much, much cooler and despite the relative poverty is a much happier place than I would have imagined. I'm not sure how much I have changed and in what ways - I think that will become clearer over the next few weeks and months.

Already I'm looking forward to getting on my bike again :eek:

I'm currently reading the excellent blog of another rider, John Davies who at 71 was the oldest rider on the trip and an inspiration. John's blog has lots of photos which give a good idea of what it was actually like in the countries we passed through.

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