Getting into the swing of it

Well, that’s the first 500km knocked off. Set off a week ago from Greenwich, under a glorious late-winter clear sunny day. Had a nice escort out of London with a local touring group who were going for a ride along the Thames path. They stopped for coffee at Erith, and then I was on my own.

Pushing on down to Dover, I got picked up by the cops in Canterbury for riding somewhere I wasn’t supposed to. I thought I was following a bike path, but I guess not. Got off with a warning though. Got the ferry over to Calais, and after some fun riding in the dark with no lights, got a hotel. The campsite doesn’t open until Easter apparently.

Got a rip in my sidewall, so swapped over the rear tyre – thanks to those who convinced me to carry a spare tyre. Will try and pick up another spare in Germany I think.

I was going to cross France and direct into Germany, but after taking into account the wind forecast, I decided to head more north-east, and into Belgium. I’m in Namur now, and will try and make it to Bastogne tomorrow, before crossing Luxembourg, and into Germany.

Has been hard going for the first few days, but I’m starting to get into the swing of it, and it’s getting a little bit easier now. Another week or two and I should be good. I had thought I’d have more time to do some thinking, but it’s funny how you keep occupied with stuff like route planning, food and water, where to stop, etc.

Perhaps it will be different when I’m camping, and I can’t watch the French version of “Wheel of Fortune”. Not sure exactly why, but it has been compulsory viewing for me. Hopefully I can find a German equivalent shortly.

5 Replies to “Getting into the swing of it”

  1. The last we saw of you Lyndsay you were cycling down a one way street the wrong way (in Croydon), it took the police quite a while to catch up with you?!?

  2. You see Lindsay, that is the problem with your cyclists! You take no heed of the road rules and then expect to be treated with the same respect as cars and pedestrians!

    How is the journey? We haven’t replaced you as yet, although a girl came last night. Imagine that! A girl in your room! I never thought it possible…

    Shayne

  3. I donĀ“t expect to be treated with the same respect as cars, I expect more. To do that, I have to be highly visible. If that means going the wrong way down streets, so be it.

    You never know, the sight of a handsome, athletic and deeply cool individual as myself on a bike may just encourage someone else to get out of their car, and onto their bike.

    Germany is great, there are huge numbers of bike paths everywhere, and they are really good paths, unlike the variable paths in the UK.

    I shall choose to ignore the last comment…

  4. Oh, and just meant to add a nod to PhilipD with the last comment – the “deeply cool” line is his. Hope you’re feeling better now.

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