Final Stats

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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Posted on August 28, 2010, in Canterbury-Rome 2000kms: a cyclist's tale. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Richard & Margaret

    Bon voyage! Enjoy the ‘crossings’.
    Praying already and every day from hereon.
    “May the road riose up to meet you; may the wind be always at your back…” (Celtic blessing)

  2. Frank departed St Hugh’s Buckden Towers safely this morning (Sunday 29 Aug) with a blessing from Fr Chris Newman and applause from many well wishers.
    Good luck, Frank – we look forward to hearing all about your journey.

  3. Hello Frank,

    We are delighted that you are biking from UK to Roma.
    We are a Swiss family, trying to have some nice meetings with via Francigena pilgrims…
    Therefore, we offer free overnight at home, in our farm, located in Vufflens-la-Ville, just before Lausanne!
    Please visit our blog on: http://viafrancigena.wordpress.com/
    You can find a plan to locate the farm, and pictures to give you an idea of the place.

    We can offer a a room with a bed in our flat, but….I will give birth to my second child around the 8th of september. Therefore, we will offer you Marinette’s Bed and Breakfast place, so you would be able to have a real sleep, in a nice independant room full equiped with a shower! There is also access to internet in my husband office located in the farm.

    We already had 2 Germans women and 1 very young UK citizen… always a pleasure to meet walking persons. We never had bikers though?!

    See you soon hopefully! Please feel free to pop to the place, as there is always somebody: my parents in law, someone in the office under the roof, my brother in law, the farmer, my husband working under the roof, and myself with my dauther Charlotte and the future baby.

    Cheers

    Sylvie, Pierre-André, and Charlotte

  4. hi frank

    sorry not to get back to you when you called/texted. it is the very busiest and most tiring time of the year for me. good luck with the journey i will check the blog to catch up with your progress. chris 🙂

  5. ¡Ánimo Frank! Que los vientos (de todo tipo) te sean favorables a lo largo de todo tu recorrido, y logres tu objetivo de contribuir a la reconstrucción del colegio.

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