Carrouge, Switzerland, February 4th
I am heading off to Ethiopia tomorrow, but I must add the final, symbolic end of the Balkan Blitz bicycle trip. In San Vito al Tagliamento, I had my shattered wheel repaired by a local mechanic, and after a month off the bike (spent exploring Italy, Libya and Malta), I drew a line under the Silk Road Ride by riding the repaired bike into Venice and right to the site of Marco Polo's house. Manuel organized the local press to come out and see my arrival, and it resulted in three news articles (in Italian) that you can see here and here and here. As well, there is a short writeup in English here.
So farewell Balkans! Who knows when I will be back?