Finally, a rural road!
Trip Start Apr 11, 2012
34Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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I got out into the country and away from traffic after some harrowing riding for the first 30 miles. Nothing like having tons of traffic, with semi-trucks wanting to pass with no shoulder. I am really impressed by the driving here though. I have held up a lot of traffic my first two days here, but nobody even honked a horn in frustration...or ran me over :) The country is quite pretty once you get away from people...same everywhere, I guess.
By the time I made it to the campground, I had done 84 miles, which was too much, really. I had six miles to go and I pretty much bonked. That is, I ran out of energy, and it isn't a good feeling. Never happened to me before, but I felt quite weak all over, and couldn't ride. A stop for some food and I went on. Only got a mile before I had to stop and lie down due to dizziness...isn't this how everyone spends their vacations? Haha, I did make it eventually, and lesson learned: eat more. I did so at a pub that night, but you quickly notice that prices in this part of the world are really something. Dinner cost me $30!
The next morning I took a walk under the white cliffs...check that box. Then it was a ride on the ferry over to Calais, France and a stay in the hostel there for two nights. A couple bikers were on the ferry with me; they were headed to Brussels from near London (~200 miles), and trying to do it all in a 24 hour period. See, there are crazier people than me!