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Chris Cooper - From Villa Park To Paris - Day 5

Chris Cooper - From Villa Park To Paris - Day 5

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2008

THE FINAL LEG - AMIENS TO PARIS

YIPPEE - I finally reached Paris at 16.15 this afternoon after setting off from Amiens at 06.45am, after saying goodbye to my delightful hotel...........

With a further 86 miles to travel, conditions were much better than yesterday, a lot brighter and thankfully hardly any wind at all.

The first 20 miles or so were again very hilly, but after that the journey was quite pleasant, particularly when I saw the first signpost of the week saying 'Paris 101 kilometres - what a relief this was and a massive encouraging boost.

I don't recommend anyone else doing this, if, like me, they cannot speak a word of French. Ordering food is particularly difficult - oysters, steak (supposedly medium cooked but actually almost still raw), and today’s lunch which we took after we had covered 40 miles comprised of sausage and chips, not exactly what Lance Armstrong would eat on the last day of the Tour De France I'm sure.

And then this evening after finishing and having a well earned rest for a couple of hours, my stepfather Keith and I decided to go for a well earned beer. In broken English the waiter asked/gestured if we wanted small/medium/large, to which we obviously replied large please. Imagine our astonishment when we saw the size of the glass - huge - and the price for 2 beers.............26 euros!

Nevertheless, the whole adventure has been an experience that I will never forget and I would like to say thanks to everyone who has text and emailed me with encouragement, particularly my family and Neil Rioch, Karl Court and of course Paul Birch himself. I must also say a massive thank you to Keith who has been a rock as my support throughout the journey.

I hope that loads of you have given generously for a true Villa hero, one who’s name is still regularly sung at Villa Park - Paul Birch.

If you have not yet donated but would still like to, all donations, no matter what the sum, will be gratefully received. To make your donation, please make cheques payable to - PAUL BIRCH TRUST - and send to:
Paul Birch Trust
c/o Aston Villa FPA
Main Reception
Villa Park
Birmingham
B6 6HE

Hopefully a few more Villans will have a spare fiver to paypal over for the Trust?Raising Money For The Paul Birch Trust

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Date: 12th October, 2008
Kickoff: 13:30 PM

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 9 2008
Time: 9:24AM

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Really enjoyed reading those blogs, can't imagine how knackered Chris and his father in law must be... would also have loved to have seen the look on their faces when they were charged 26 Euros for two beers!!!!!
The Fear
09/10/2008 09:31:00
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