Before departing 'la Rive', Biscarrsone, I left my bucket and spade with my French camping neighbours who helped me lose at bingo last night. I won't be needing them where im going tomorrow. After 150 miles of long straight roads, I had to catch a short ferry to Royan, near La Rochelle. 195 mile later arriving in Dinon, France, I decided to press on to Caen in preparation for tomorrows sailing. 456 miles completed and 12 hours on a bike seat, his record to date. I had a disappointing, expensive meal in Caen. For the first time on this trip I cautiously chain up my bike on the pavement. Im sad knowing this adventure is coming to an end, although looking forward to be reunited with my wife to be in a few days time.
After approximately 5500 miles, 3 weeks, 8 border crossings, 5 Ferry's, 2 Bike dumps, 2 broken indicators, 3 severely dented panniers, 2 scratched/dented cylinder head cases, 2 bent wing mirrors, millions of splattered bugs, 1 dead bird, 100's of mountain, coastal and desert roads, unaccountable beautiful scenic views , wind blistered lips, helmet rubbed scabby ears, only 4 mosquito bites, 2 bug bruised purple eye lids, 1 aching back, 2 aching knees and a huge phone bill!, Im home sweet home.
As suggested in my web page heading, there will never be a conclusion to these adventures and although, sometimes challenging here are some highlights which added to my Morocco trip:
The French roads.
Twisty mountain roads.
Crossing the Pyrenees.
The 9 days of rain.
Camping and camel trek in the Erg Chebbi desert.
The cleverness of the Moroccans well established with tourism.
Riding through the Todra Gorge.
Achieving and navigating off road piste's.
Never felt threatened anywhere, in fact I feel more at risk in London.
Marakesh Madina's culture.
Getting lost Marakesh.
And everything else that goes with biking.
The cost of fuel.
The hospitality of the locals, especially Portugal.
The disappointing and expensive Caen food.
The different culture, food and languages.
The undiscovered paradise in NW Portugal's national forest park.
But most of all, how achievable this is for anyone and any bike.
I hasten to add that two weeks after I returned from this amazing adventure, I wrote my bike off on the M25!
Dear All, for those of you who are interested in following my progress on this epic adventure from London - Cape Town, please feel free to visit my website:
Unfortunately, I will not be able to update both websites once Im on the road so probably best to follow my personal site rather than my HU site. After all, I selfishly admit, I want this to be my Adventure!
The rtwdream.com site will have a system where my progressed will be tracked so that all family and friends know that I havent fallen off the end of the world.
For those of you who have already visited my HU site, you will notice I have removed my route/schedule. This is soley because, it has changed, yet again. I have actually reverted back to my original plan/route from North - South via West Africa. For my new route please keep track of my website, where it will soon be posted along with an update on my planning progress and lots of other information regarding passports, visa's, Carnet's, Shipping, Vacines ect ect.
If all goes as well as it is doing at the moment, I will be departing on the 5th October. The departure date is approaching quickly and Im getting really nervous.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the great people I met at the recent HU, Ripley Gathering. It was a total washout but that allowed each and everyone who attended to become closer together and to be able to share are dreams and adventures with one another.
Best Regards to All, Tommy
Follow my progress via Satellite, across West Africa here: www.rtwdream.com
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