A perilous voyage - The Hills are Alive (with the sound of wheezing) - CycleBlaze

August 26, 2020 to August 27, 2020

A perilous voyage

Enough train changes to last me the rest of my life

[NB this will be a short entry as I pick it out on my phone. A fuller account  - and better photos- will be filled in on my return]

After the always somewhat restless final day of work, I set off down the hill with the fully-laden - and worryingly heavy - Shift. I may regret taking that rye bread all the way to Germany (coals to Newcastle, if ever there was).

The train to London, and traversing the city via London bridge (this is not the famous one) went smoothly. Very good proportion of mask wearing.

This is the famous one!
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Reaching the port at Harwich, I was jauntily informed by the train guard that the ferry was late. So it was: by two hours. My nervousness  about connecting with trains the other side was somewhat assuaged by an entertaining chat I had with a Russian builder and a man who was transporting a cat- while on a folding bike.

The ferry arrives
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Cat man
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Astonishingly, even at midnight I got a reasonable meal. Even more incredibly the ferry did make up the time as promised. As a kicker we flew through passport  control - and by 8:30 I was at the metro.

Trains went swimmingly - I actually made up over an hour by jumping on earlier trains -until I made my third change, in Düsseldorf. A small delay to the 4 hour intercity  led to a domino effect, and I missed my 5th and final change to Munich by minutes. Plan B was to take slower trains via Ulm - and this is where I currently am, on a rather tortuous stopper that will nevertheless get me into Munich just after midnight. The hotel’s expecting me, so should have a plush place to sleep tonight.

Rotterdam
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On the train down the Romantic Rhine, where I toured two years ago
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I am fairly worn out, lifting the bike up stairs during tight changes has threatened to rupture me on a couple of occasions. No harm done though, and most importantly no troubles with crossing borders with the virus situation - and with reaching Munich I think I can call this an (exhausting) win.

Today's ride: 10 km (6 miles)
Total: 10 km (6 miles)

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Kathleen JonesWell done! That was quite the odyssey you planned just to get to Munich. Glad it all worked out. Looking forward to reading the whole story.
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