The flights were fine, but the service a little impersonal - Cairo airport was a real drag. Nothing to do, nothing to see and extremely expensive items to buy. We spent 3 hours wandering around aimlessly and an hour or so fruitlessly trying to connect to the free airport WiFi. Went to board the flight and Tadek was asked where his visa for France was - he was not amused that the official did not know that Poland was in the EU! They then scanned our hand luggage (the third time since we had left Bangkok) and threw out our wrapping and electrical tape without even talking to us. I asked why, but only received the response "not allowed".
The last flight passed easily with Tadek sleeping and me watching rather puerile films on the entertainment. system.
Arrived at CDG on time, but had to wait almost 2 hours for our bikes to materialise. Unpacked them and started to reassemble, but realised that Velo Thailand had used a tool to take Tadek's handlebars off which we did not have in our tool kit. As Tadek had packed down his handlebars when we dropped them off at the shop, for them to have taken them off when we had asked them not too was a little annoying. Tadek was therefore forced to ride my bike back to the car as it could be reassembled easily.
At about six (after me waiting outside the terminal for 40 mins in the wind (and what seemed cold at 20 degree C) we hastily packed the car, hitched the remaining bike to our bike rack and headed off into the rush hour traffic of Paris. What a pleasure to sit in traffic for hours trying to crawl across the city!
Made it back to La Celle for around midnight and slumped into bed after unpacking most of the car.
Can't wait until next year and our next cycling adventure - perhaps Sri Lanka and New Zealand - definitely for more time that this year - five weeks was not really enough, but a good taster for future trips!