I seem to have been pretty busy since arriving back from Australia. I spent a few days in Rome getting over the jet lag and relaxing then drove north to Lake Como where I spent another couple of days. From Lake Como I crossed the border into Switzerland at Chiasso. Once through Switzerland I passed into France, where I spent ten days slowly making my way up to Calais and a ferry to Dover.
I needed to have the camper MOT’d and a service done, as well as a couple of other jobs. The camper passed it’s MOT without any problems and the service was carried out. The weather was reasonable and having no definite plans I decided to drive up to Scotland via the Lake District. Unfortunately the weather turned against me and for the next two weeks I had nothing but strong winds, rain and cold temperatures. I needed some sunshine, I was certainly missing the Australian summer. So after a couple of weeks I set off back south planning to cross the Channel once again to Calais, which I did. France was pleasant, I had some rain but it was much milder than in England and with lovely sunny periods. I enjoyed driving through the French countryside staying in many of the motorhome aires for which France is well known.
Back in 2013 I cycled from England to Rome riding along the River Rhein as part of the trip. Having reached Rome I took a couple of weeks off before cycling to Germany then along the River Danube to Romania. Throughout the ride I met many other cycle tourists, one of which has since written a book, telling the story of his ride to India in which he talks about our meeting and the few days we spent riding together. Another cyclist I met was from Hungary and despite the language barrier we have kept in touch. As a result I received an invitation to cycle along the Rhein again in June and July. Although I haven’t ridden much in the past year it sounded like a good idea and something I would enjoy. It would also mean a break from travelling in the camper. My touring bike and camping equipment has been stored in Rome so I headed back to collect it and prepare for another cycling adventure. Of course one of the problems I needed to overcome was going to be getting to the start of the Rhine route, fortunately Ryanair, europe’s largest airline, flies from Rome to Eindhoven, in Holland, which is not too far from the meeting point at the start of the River Rhein cycleway. Ryanair would carry my bike, suitably boxed up, together with my camping equipment and it’s only a two hour flight, perfect. With a flight booked for the first week in June I’m going to get down to doing a few jobs on the camper as well as get everything ready for for Rhein trip.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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