I must admit the last leg through Italy and France has not been quite as I imagined. I hit Europe far earlier than planned as I had been worried about my injuries getting worse and so now had to brave the last of the wintery weather. My mission was now just to get through and as quickly as possible. This meant taking the dreaded toll roads and motorways. Rhonda is not designed for this, with her dual-sport tyres and tiny engine! I lost the Pinlock from my visor several thousand miles ago too and so I can't see a thing in this rain! Still - it took half the time to get through and I managed to save a fortune by ducking and diving my way through the gaps in the toll booths in Italy (best not go back THERE for a while!). The French don't leave gaps though, so I was collared and eventually forced back onto the back roads. The Monotony was only adding to my pain by then anyway, and motorways almost felt like cheating!
It really is a strange feeling being back in Europe. I am so excited about seeing everyone and being home for a while BUT it seems some kind of anxiety (for want of a better word) is kicking in. I wake every morning in a confused state, unable to decipher where I am. I have to work backwards starting with the continent, before eventually pinning it down to a country and a town. Perhaps the vibrations have finally got to my brain as well as my joints! Perhaps it is only natural to feel a little strange at this stage! Who knows, but I have a feeling that in a few days, everything will be calmer - at least for a while.
Today the sun shone on the French countryside and the winding roads led me happily closer to home, reminding me what I love about Europe. In three days I will meet up with my parents (who are braving the cold and rain on their bikes to come join me from Wales) and a couple of my friends, at Moto Breaks in France. I can't wait to see them and plan on a few beers there in honour and gratitude of my friend and sponsor Tim (RIP mate), before heading over to the UK where we will meet up with a few more bikers for a ride into the Ace Cafe in London.
The plan is to leave from the Premier Inn, Newhaven @9am sharp on Sunday 18th March, and finish at the Ace Cafe London Ltd. It will be a convoy lead by Blood Bikes from several groups from across the country. I am so spoiled and honoured to have them (as well as my friends and family) join me on the last leg, and VERY grateful for the moral support.
Straight forward route A23, M23, M25, regroup at Cobham services and then up M25 to M40/A40 straight to cafe.
Welcome to join us along the route if you want to brave the good old British weather!
I am looking forward to a decent cuppa and a bacon butty (maybe a little physio!) at home before I crack on with my next adventure! :) - What will it be I wonder???????