Monday the 21st of July - we only know this as we have started using a calendar and have updated the other entries.....
Food - good
Beer - great
Coffee - okay
Gas - huge it was 12£ for 16 litres
ATM's - no problem with good old ING card
Driving - very fast and not sure what speed limit they are doing as we are doing 10 over the limit and are being passed like we are standing still
Signs on road - Very good
Driving on the left - oh my god
Driving on the left going through road abouts - OH MY GOD -
Beautiful sunny day and since we are near the ocean it's a lovely temperature to ride in. The roads are good and we head to the Tunnel.
The Tunnel is easy. We paid €114.50 for the 2 people and the motorcycle and had no problem getting on without a reservation. You can get a cheaper rate if you book in advance and we will do that on the way back. If you travel during the week there isn't a lot of traffic out there, you would by the sounds of it have to book during the weekends.
So you actually drive into a railway car....I know it sounds crazy but it was that simple. Cars just park in a straight line and the motorcycles go on last and part on an angle. 30 minutes later you are done and exit the rail car. It was a lot cheaper then the ferry and a lot faster. However, you do not see anything..... I think taking the tunnel one way and the ferry the next would be a good balance.
We end up taking very nice secondary roads out to Hailsham, which is just up from the beaches by about 20 miles and is about 50 miles south of London.
Patrick is finally happy with the roads as we are now on curves and hills instead of straight and flat. As I said, speed here seems to be way over the speed limit and we really haven't seen any police.......
We find a tourist bureau at about 3:30, which has been the time we set to find accommodation and to get off the road. We end up with the most amazing B and B for only £38. They have 5 dogs there and a great piece of property out in the country. We have to drive to the local pub but it was wonderful. We have a good meal and Patrick ended up with the biggest piece of lamb for dinner. He was in heaven!! Good beer, good food and a place to stay that is like your own home.
We got a calling card and made contact with family and feel that all is good in the world. Again, we are out like a light by 10....must stop riding every day.
Tomorrow we head still through the UK going towards Wales. We have decided to stay on the secondary roads as they are much more fun. I now only look at buildings and churches that are built in the 1600's as there are just so many ancient places about.
Posted by Danette Harkness at July 24, 2003 11:37 AM GMT