|Susie reads the graffiti on the lift walls|
'Double espresso macchiato please', I said. 'Macchiato?', he asked. 'Double espresso macchiato', I repeated. 'Espresso?', he asked. It's him! It's got to be him! I repeated again, 'Double espresso macchiato'. You can't say yes to his questions, otherwise you'd get three drinks coming your way. I overpaid, not waiting for the receipt nor the change, as I wanted to get back, as quickly as I could, to listen to Jim and Stuart's hilarious Friday Touring stories.
Entertainment over, and off we went, to the coast. It was a wonderful night ride, quick moving, warm (another first was to wear short sleeves all night!), early sunrise ... The breakfast in Newhaven was top class, with whitebait and chips on the menu.
I had a good kip on the ferry and on waking up was surprised that there wasn't a beer fest going on. Adrian finally gave in and got himself a pint. That one glass stood out so much, that Mice took a picture of it (Mice's write up with photos).
The large number of riders disembarking meant we got a little split up, so my goodbyes were a little random. I needed to go left at the roundabout, whereas everybody else was going Centre Ville. My plan was to cycle 60km north (turned out to be a good move!), stay at Camping Chateau De Tilleuls near Abbeville, and then continue my journey to Belgium on the Saturday.
This ride was such a battle against the forces. My legs were fine, but my upper body was suffering from me trying to hold the 'Cavendish position'. Then there were several routes barrées with deviations, I was too law abiding when I saw 'Uitgezonder plaatselijk verkeer' which were only signs ready for Sunday's kermesse, and I could have saved miles and time by going west instead of east when the grounds of Haverkerque were a no-go area. Still, I still arrived home at 5PM.
I enjoyed breakfast at Hesdin, a place I'm getting fond of in association with the FNRttC Newhaven - Dieppe ride.
Big thank you to the Friday Leggends!
Photos are here: MyPhotos.
- Well done to LD Ferry Lines for a most efficient bicycle check in service. The bikes almost outnumbered the cars, and there was a dedicated bike check in kiosk. It was a pleasure to be treated as VIPs, compared with other years when bikes and riders are seen as a nuisance. They should make a big deal of this, they could turn this into a good marketing/PR story.
|More bikes than cars|
- The fact that a new Belgian king was crowned was hardly visible in Belgium, no bunting, no street parties. But the fact that Belgium was without a king for a few hours was much bigger news. Most talked about, though, was Jan Bekelants' stage winning efforts on Le Tour de France 2013.
- Russian ride report to follow!