Cruisin'and Soaking Up the Rays!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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Hotel Chimene

Flag of France  , Normandy,
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I got the owners of the B&B up early this morning. I was told that breakfast was served at 8h30. I wanted to be on the road by 8 am so I told them I'd skip breakfast. They would have none of that and so prepared my breakfast for 8. I was on the road by 8h30.
The first part of the ride was on motorway. Then I followed the coastline. I had forgotten that the GPS was set for shortest distance to Cherbourg. When I had set it to fastest it detoured me all the way to south of London towards the Chunnel. I realized it was set to shortest when I was almost at Poole and I detoured through downtown Dorchester, the home of Thomas Hardy. This is when I realized that my Expedition has caused me to pass very close to, if not specifically to, various writers birth places. I believe I've already mentioned Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, and Wordsworth. I do remember a few others that I haven't mentioned, plus some that were unknown to me but have been noted in their own countries. Just a coincidence? I think NOT!
I arrive in Poole at 11h20. The ferry leaves at 12h30. The ferry ride is 4 hours and I was planning on staying in Cherbourg, so not much riding once I get off the ferry, and so I bring a change of clothes with me when I go buy my ticket. No cycling gear on this ferry ride. I get to the line-up and I'm the only motorcyclist this time. First person on the ship. It's lunch time so I head for the restaurant and grab a table at the front to view us heading out to sea. Once I'm done eating I walk around the ship then head outside to the top level. It's amazingly beautiful out.
I grab a chair and decide to soak up the sunshine for an hour. Should have worn my shorts. I've brought my laptop with me so that I can catch up on my blog entries. I've been so busy travelling, touring and chatting the past few days that I haven't written anything. I have four or five entries to write. It's so nice out and the sun is so warm that I don't want to go inside. I'm listening to my iPod. Two and a half hours later I drag myself in. I should write at least a couple of entries. Hardly anybody came out onto this deck during this time. It felt to me like I was on my own private yacht. This ferry was moving a lot slower than the fast ferries I've been on.
We arrive in Cherbourg and I have a massive headache. I also haven't booked a room anywhere due to no internet access for a while but have noted the 3 cheapest hotels as per an Expedia search a while back. Well, it took me 6 tries to find a place to stay. Everybody was booked solid. It took almost an hour and a half and must have driven over 10 kms. Guess what? The place I finally ended up at was less than 3 blocks from where I cleared customs at the ferry port. Guess what else? I finally received a stamp in my passport! Woohoo!
I'm still playing catch-up with my blogs. So that's all for now.
Don't forget my motto!

PS. Just so everything is properly documented I must note that during the 5 or 6 days that I was off-line I had received a disconnection notice email from Katrine. Yes, if I don't pay my gas bill by the end of the month I won't be able to heat my house. FYI. I did pay it right away.
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