London & a round trip to Felixstowe
18.05.2014 - 19.05.2014 25 °C
Arrived back from Wales without a hitch to check into the Holiday Inn Express in North Acton…the staging point for our departure, great location for what we are doing but missing a good curry house! The bikes for all the North Americans arrived today and many hours during the afternoon were spent preparing………….there is some serious adventure bikers here with bikes to match! FA cup was on in the afternoon and it wasn’t long before a small crowd gathered at the pub across the road to join the locals for what was even for me who had no great love for the round ball game a great game and a thrilling win to Arsenal 3-2 in extra time. Our recently befriended Saudi colleague who was delirious with the win wanted to celebrate and what better way to do that than to shout your new colleagues a round as you then drop 200 pound on the bar and say enjoy…..no one needed any encouragement We found that curry house in Chiswick much later that night and it rounded off the a great day at the footy.
So what’s this about English weather?? 24 degC today and just a perfect day. Met up with Pia again at Oxford circus and again we didn’t come up for breath………walked and talked through Pall Mall, the Palace, the gardens, Hyde Park, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly and I’m sure there’s places I’ve missed; burgers and cheap Spanish white for lunch before pints and D&M’s at the Hotel Cambridge in the sun. Let’s not forget the walk down Rupert St to soak up the experience of the London gay scene Sunday session……….
………….it really is an amazing city, rich and wonderful, proud and playful, you should never lack for something to do but yes it is a pricey place to play!!
Round trip to Felixstowe today to pick up the bikes for all the Australians, now it is getting real, very real. A few train delays but we finally arrived and it was both exciting and strange to see my bike actually here in the UK???! It was not the most amazing ride back to London but it was sublime to be back on MY bike and ticking over a few k’s. We’re all here now and after the pre departure meeting we were treated to dinner at The Castle and the vibe was electric…..there is going to be lots of challenges, physically, mentally & emotionally……..it is the longest tour in the world and you do it with people you don’t know…………Mmmmm but I’m looking forward to it. Breakfast and the official start is at the Ace Café tomorrow morning ; Day 1 and off the Brugge
Late note: lots of talk of beard growth and head shaving so it was no surprise that my roomie Brian got me to finish off his head shave………..he’s just emerged from the bathroom and wants his money back……he's got more chance of getting pregnant!