Dash4Dosh – day 18 – Esbjerg to Belfast

Starting Location: Esbjerg

Ending Location: Belfast

Total Distance Traveled (including this day): 7331km 

Bike Comfort Factor (1-10) :3

“Tired” Factor (1-10) :8

 

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And so we began our final day.  Arriving at Harwich at 1pm, we rode reasonably fresh back to Cambridge, where we said goodbye to another member.  Chris Harris was almost home, so we parted where we met, and only Roy and I were left.

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My original plan was to ride to Wales, to meet the Dander4dosh gang, but I was reconsidering.  Having been away from home for over 2 weeks combined with some awful weather predictions for the next day, the idea of “getting home” was getting serious consideration.  There was an 11pm ferry from Cairnryan, Scotland to Belfast.  By recent measures, it was a long ride, but reachable.  Of course, I forgot I was now in the UK.  Roy and I headed northwest through UK friday motorway traffic.  It was hell.  For the first time, I put on my high-vis jacket as a precaution.  Hours of filtering traffic on bad roads with shitty drivers.  My 11pm  ferry was starting to seem less and less likely.  Roy and I parted near Preston and then I was solo.

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Roy headed home.  I still had 4 hours to go!  After getting past Preston the traffic opened up a bit, and so did the throttle.  Reaching some “progressive” speeds I made it to Dumfries, to roadworks and diversions.  More delays.  The last 100km were a trudge before making the 11pm ferry with 30 minutes to go.

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After boarding, I promptly blacked out on the boat for 60 minutes, the woke and waited.  At 2.30am, we pulled into Belfast port and I had one more trip to do.

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 About 20km home.  At 3am I pulled into the house, got off the saddle and took one last picture.   The last day was the worst part of a most excellent trip.  About 900km of crap traffic in one day.

Adventure over.

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3 Comments »

  1. olufsphere Said,

    August 11, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

    It’s been a pleasure following your journey, Paul, even if it was naturally short! ;-)

    Achievement most definitely unlocked!

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