Starting Location:Â Esbjerg
Ending Location:Â Belfast
Total Distance Traveled (including this day):Â 7331kmÂ
Bike Comfort Factor (1-10) :3
“Tired” Factor (1-10) :8
And so we began our final day. Â Arriving at Harwich at 1pm, we rode reasonably fresh back to Cambridge, where we said goodbye to another member. Â Chris Harris was almost home, so we parted where we met, and only Roy and I were left.
My original plan was to ride to Wales, to meet the Dander4dosh gang, but I was reconsidering. Â 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. Â There was an 11pm ferry from Cairnryan, Scotland to Belfast. Â By recent measures, it was a long ride, but reachable. Â Of course, I forgot I was now in the UK. Â Roy and I headed northwest through UK friday motorway traffic. Â It was hell. Â For the first time, I put on my high-vis jacket as a precaution. Â Hours of filtering traffic on bad roads with shitty drivers. Â My 11pm Â ferry was starting to seem less and less likely. Â Roy and I parted near Preston and then I was solo.
Roy headed home. Â I still had 4 hours to go! Â After getting past Preston the traffic opened up a bit, and so did the throttle. Â Reaching some “progressive” speeds I made it to Dumfries, to roadworks and diversions. Â More delays. Â The last 100km were a trudge before making the 11pm ferry with 30 minutes to go.
After boarding, I promptly blacked out on the boat for 60 minutes, the woke and waited. Â At 2.30am, we pulled into Belfast port and I had one more trip to do.
Â About 20km home. Â At 3am I pulled into the house, got off the saddle and took one last picture. Â The last day was the worst part of a most excellent trip. Â About 900km of crap traffic in one day.