12 hours to departure, and the final details are almost in place. Putting the luggage together and making it fit into the available space is always a tentative experience. My luggage consists of one medium sized saddlebag and a small handlebar bag, with a total weight of 7 kilos (and that includes tools and spares for the bike).
Even though the weight comes within the limits for cabin luggage, on the flight back from Rome I wouldn’t be allowed some of the contents of my saddlebag (ie tools) because they might be deemed as potential weapons. So most of my luggage will be consigned to the same box as my bike for the flight back.
Talking of the flight back, you may not be shocked to discover that the bike costs much more than my passenger ticket! One day O’Leary might offer discounts on some of the many extras they charge.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking good, and even better, it promises a NW wind, which is just what I need all the way to Rome!! An interesting event on my first day will be the crossing of the Dartford Bridge. Cyclists and pedestrians are not allowed across. Instead we have to wait at a pick-up point on either side of the bridge/tunnel and be transported. Apparently, my bike and luggage will be loaded on the rear carrier of a car, and we will be transported across…………….free of charge! So my total distance has already been reduced by about 1.5 miles ;0)
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