Saturday, 18 February 2012
Today was information day for the ride
The three girls, once at the venue, thought it might be of the same quality and comfort level of hotels that we will experience on the actual trip itself ...
On day one we bike from London to Dover and then catch the ferry from Dover to Calais. There are supposedly no hills ... only "undulations" on this ride ... Dinner that night is one of the meals that are not included in the trip - well "hey ho" who would guarantee the food on a ferry anywhere in the world right !!! Other than that we have fab food, loads of water stops, and hotels that we won't remember cos we'll be so tired.
Apparently, we will also learn that we need to take very little in the way of clothing and footwear, as long as we can "rinse" things out and they will dry overnight. Clearly by the time we actually get to Paris and the last day celebration we will be so tired/euphoric that we could be wearing the curtains from our room to dinner and that will be just perfect!!!
It's going to be a challenge ... but that's why we all signed up right!!!. There will be beauty and libations along the way apparently and we will soon divide into our natural groups while riding (I have to admit that I am not actually sure what that means in reality but I have already asked my quota of questions). We are all going to stay together while riding cos after all that's why we agreed to do it as a team right ... but dear reader why do I have this feeling it will be me holding PearlE and the as yet un-named steed (Dutch mare) outside the public loos regularly ....
So ... after the briefing Tulip and I climbed on Lara and Tulip's bike and headed off into the seriously inclement (ie spring rain constant downpours) but warm weather. Suzanne climbed into her little sports car and whizzed off ... but hey ... after all it was her birthday ... happy birthday Suzy (aka Pomme Anglais) x