Day 1 16/07/2012

Dover, Calais, Saint-Omer

Dist: 85 km
Time: 4.56
Avg speed: 17.2 km/h
Max speed: 42.9 km/h
Tot time: 4.56
Tot dist: 85km

It is this part of the year when I get to explore new places, meet new people and get saddle soars.

First part of the trip to Waterloo East – not too bad. I just never realised how many people cycle to London every morning.

Ticket to Dover and was on the 8.36.

Ferry 12.05. And we are off.

After a great start – didn’t get lost getting out of the ferry – came the rain and the wind. There was a rail crossing went through the first track bike stopped on the second I followed. A bit of skin lost on right elbow, burn marks on nose and chin, and really sore left thumb. Somehow managed to pick myself from the road. Assessed the damage of my body. Thumb the only concern. Bike front break all twisted and turned. Managed to unblock front wheel and was slowly off. The landscape around really beautiful but with the wind, rain and the hand couldn’t enjoy as much as I would like to. All the way to Saint-Omer very strong crosswind. Had problems keeping bike in straight line. Had first little hills.

Got to St Omer at about 6. Shopping: new mobile card. Few bits and pieces, bike sorted. Hotel, shower, washing, chinese. Got a feeling my Levy hand will hurt tomorrow.

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