Our last blog post! It’s been almost 3 weeks since we were eating fish and chips in Whitby, and it’s been a bit of a blur. We’ve gradually been winding down, resting and recovering. We barely took any pictures, as it was often raining and we were starting to lose energy for photography.
Our last few riding days brought us south and east through the UK. We stopped for a day in the City of Lincoln, which has a big castle as well as a cathedral, on top of a very steep hill. We did our usual wandering through the oldest parts of the city, and then spent some downtime in a tea room in the afternoon. The following day, in Boston, it was raining again, so we found an affordable B&B for the night. We had a delicious supper in a pub: madras curry for me, and a steak and guinness pie for Tim.
On August 2 we arrived at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm near the little town of Diss (in the pouring rain). We spent 5 lovely days sleeping in, drinking tea, playing with the dogs (Ruby and Boris) and reading books. I found Sense and Sensibility on the bookshelf and finished the entire thing in 2 days. It was a much needed break. I don’t think I realized how tired I was until we stopped.
One day we walked into Diss and I got a haircut… starting to feel a bit more civilized again! Tim had a coffee while he waited for me. Afterwards he said it was the longest we had spent apart since that time I went into Prague without him! One evening my aunt and uncle drove us out to Southwold, where we had some fish and chips (even better than in Whitby) and took a walk along the pier.
From Diss we moved on to Norwich. It would’ve only been half a day’s ride, but we couldn’t bring oursleves to get back on our bikes, so my aunt drove us in to the city 🙂
In Norwich we stayed with some family friends for a couple of nights. We explored the city, wandering through the cathedral, a little art gallery, and lots of shops. Didn’t take too many pictures, but I liked this modern looking stained glass in the very old cathedral.
On August 9 we took the train from Norwich to London. While riding from the countryside into London would not have been very nice, we found that cycling in the city itself was easy. There were really nice bike lanes along the Thames, and very little traffic in the city centre, due to the pricey tolls that apply if you drive into the core. Even though it had been a week since we’d been on our bikes, and it was once again pouring with rain, we quite enjoyed our ride from Liverpool Station, past Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, through Hyde Park, to Tim’s cousin Emily’s flat, in South Kensington.
We really enjoyed our days in London. Since we weren’t able to buy anything for most of the trip (not wanting to add any weight to our already heavily laden bicycles) we had been planning to do some shopping in London. We both bought some new clothes and a pair of boots each. We also visited several museums. All the museums in London are free, which is amazing because it means you can go for half an hour if you want, and not feel like you need to do the entire thing to get your money’s worth. We ate supper at an amazing Thai restaurant, and also met up with several of Tim’s friends for drinks or coffees. We also just hung out in Emily’s flat, watching trashy TV and drinking gin & tonics. After 4 months on the move, the “hanging out” experiences are just as good as the huge museums or amazing views.
And so we’ve reached the end! Here’s some final numbers:
- 126 days
- 12 countries
- 6300 kilometers
- 1550 metres: highest elevation
- 123 km: longest riding day
- 27 spaghetti suppers
- 5 ferries
- 2 tents
- 0 flat tires
It’s been an adventure. We’re happy to be home and looking forward to getting back into a routine (especially one that doesn’t involve taking down and setting up a tent every day). Thanks for reading!!