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DAY 4 Ferry
17/08/2009, 19:48
Filed under: England, Holland

We caught the ferry at 9am! We’re certainly not the only cyclists there, we can see we’re going to Holland the bicycle country! A group of them had loads of coca cola bottles on their bikes and nestle cheerios cereals :-[.

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The crossing is 7 hours long. They trying to squeeze money out of people like they squeeze lemons: a shop, 2 restaurants, a cinema is on board. Multiple announcements to remind everyone they must buy. But our stomachs had to be filled up and we hadPhoto-0058 to buy breakfast,a bit of a scank I tell ya.

Muz  had finally the first opportunity to play his trumpet on the deck.

Arrival in Hoek von Holland. We discover that there’s cycle lanes EVERYWHERE! We didn’t even bother getting a map as we found this cycle route going along the coast to Haarlem, where we will need to turn to go to Amsterdam. It’s very well signposted, we can’t get lost! Along the coast the landscape is pretty amazing: on our left we’ve got the sea, and on our right, we’ve got a sea of greenhouses as far as the eye can see! Sorry pictures missing, the camera ran out of battery! There’s also sheep everywhere!

We went to the beach at sunset and had a paddle.ha ha

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DAY 3
16/08/2009, 19:31
Filed under: England

After offering oranges to the forest, we set off and up the hill we rode! Passed Colchester and finally getting into the countryside and riding onto small lanes. On one of them was a man riding a horse. Murat beeped the horn, and the man got a bit pissed off and gave us a lecture on how to make the horse aware of presence in advance by wistling for example. He was very nice about it though, as we apparently nearly killed him!

We then reached the coast, and shortly after found a caravan site to pitch the tent for free. It’s really near to Harwich, from where we’re catching the ferry to Holland the next day! People in the caravans are really nice and offered us boiling water to make tea.Photo-0055Photo-0056



DAY 2
15/08/2009, 19:10
Filed under: England

Photo-0052Photo-0054We carried on cycling, up and down hills, Murat’s pullin the trailer as Amelie hurt her knee,not too bad, just falling from being not used to the new clip on pedals system, you can see she’s still pretty strong and feeling like Hercules 😉

You can see Muz’s new design for the trailer: got rid of the heavy duty plastic box and made a super duper spider web out of old inner tubes to put all our stuff on.

We got to Danbury Park and slept in some woods, public paths all around but pretty peaceful. Someone with a sausage dog said hi.



DAY 1- 14 Aug 09
14/08/2009, 18:57
Filed under: England

Photo-0046Photo-0047We left Charlotte’s place in Leyton in the afternoon, had food (in Leyton too!) … Needed to fill up the bellies before the tour! Few kilometers later, near Chigwell, Murat got a puncture!! Not even long enough to feel we really left! But he’s not the only one, you can see the red car at the back on the picture, they had a puncture too! Weirdly many more cars stopped to ask them if they needed help, none for us appart from the guy looking after the house nextdoor, although we maybe stayed there for about one hour! No, we know how to fix a puncture, it’s just that the tyres were new and really tight, so we were getting new punctures each time we were putting the tyre back on!!

p.s: check out our Calvin DeKlein poses..! 🙂 ha ha! Don’t know what happened there!?

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Anyway we fixed them in the end, and cycled a bit more to find a place to sleep, and found a random field, and slept in one of the corner, half hidden. The only passerbys were people walking their dogs in the eve and in the morning, not particularly friendly…