Last night we boarded the Celtic Link ferry to Cherbourg. For those not familiar with this ferry company – it’s mainly for trucks. For those who wondered before we left how that might work out for a bike – it was perfect. Smaller passenger area, less people, less staff, less restaurants (1), less bars (1), bigger cabins (just a little) and the best bit….. the bike area was right beside the exit. So we were first out this morning. We were the only bike and maybe that’s why they had a special cushion to protect the seat when they lashed the bike to the ship! On the bigger ferries we have to use our gloves.
Those same long johns came in handy on the boat. As you can imagine we have to pack very frugally. Unfortunately, I packed for one season – summer…. and on the boat it was very very early spring, so for a moment I was freezing. Then I very remembered my long johns. Normally I wear them down to my ankles under the rain gear, but they work just as well rolled up to the knee under my cotton summer skirt. Mmmm toasty. So, nice and warm again, we both went down to the bar on the boat for a drink with Dan and Dave. In the queue to get into the boat Dave had seen the WW of our bike registration and as he’s into bikes (or anything mechanical really) and living in Wicklow, so he came over to have a chat with us. This happens a lot with the bike, it reminds me of pushing a pram with a baby in it – everyone likes to chat with you. Anyway, Dave and Dan had been friends for 34 years and were on their way to Sada in Spain to make their boat ready for summer sailing. We got talking, as you do, and it turned out that one of Dave’s best friends was a name I knew from childhood.
We’re off to Rennes today, Denis bought €5 worth of internet access on the boat and we booked our bed for tonight. We’re trying a new kind of accommodation.