Europe 2009: Mile 3359

3rd May 2009

Awoke to the sound of rain on the tent. Since we had nowhere we needed to reach (especially not home) we went back to sleep. When we awoke again it was still raining :(. We waited for a bit until the rain stopped even though it remained very cold. Had a breakfast of bread and salami then washed and started to pack. When that was done we rode off in front of an audience which is never an easy experience.

Once again we had a slight navigational (and GPS) blooper but corrected ourself and headed towards Calais. Went through a few small towns then over a small river and on towards Le Touquet where the beach race is held. Then on through a seafront town full of seafood restaurants and shops selling fish straight off the boats. we stopped off in Boulogne sur Mer for petrol and lunch (at at steakhouse place of very high quality). I had bef on a spear like thing and Isabel had the same with veal. Behind us was a mother with two small children who ate adult food in adult portions. The unhealthiest eater was the mother! It was good to see.

After lunch it was back on the bikes for the short ride to Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal as we had thought that it would be quick (we were correct) and not too expensive (we were wrong – 103 Euro per bike -ouch!). Boarded the train fairly quickly and we were on our way. There were two other bikes in our carriage – a Vespa scooter and a Kawasaki ZZR. Soon enough (35 minutes) we were back in the UK and proceeded slowly back the way we had come at the beginning of the adventure. All too soon we were home and unpacking the bikes. A somewhat sad moment for us both to be honest. But, to paraphrase Winston Churchill badly:

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning of the adventure!”

We have now proved to ourselves that we can do this. We will be back and soon!

Lessons Learnt:

  • We can undertake a long tour successfully
  • We can enjoy it
  • We could have continued

Adrian & Isabel

& Mr Teddy

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