But the route turned out to be very pleasant - cycling across lovely flat countryside to Paris with the wind behind me.
Stop for lunch at Beauvais, which has an amazing unfinished cathedral - I think parts fell down and then they ran out of money. Had a couple of pronunciation probems, but eventually managed to order my food.
After lunch on the way out of Beauvais, I discovered the rather poignant, and sadly neglected, monument to the 1930 crash of the airship R101 next to a dual carriageway. It was on its way to India, but didn't get very far...
It's hard to find nice roads to cycle on as I approach Paris, so I'm stuck on increasingly busy dual carriageway. As I enter the city proper the traffic becomes almost unbearable - I cycled in Central London every day for 4 years, so I'm not soft about these things, but blimey cycling in Paris is ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING!
I do find my way through in one piece in time to cycle down the Champs Elysees to have my picture taken by a bemused Japanese tourist by the Place de la Concorde:
Then just a couple of easy miles along the Seine to get to a friend’s apartment where I'm staying tonight.
Here's the route: