A sudden change in plans for my bike trip to England:
I have to move my schedule ahead by a day or two for several reasons:
Two days ago, I had to use about 80 Euro on bike repairs (read: new gear shifter, new tire, new tube, new cable, wheel aligned) that we not planned for. I also spent about 50 Euro on cake, ice cream, chips, and drinks for the 8 people who said they would come (out the 15 I invited), but only two showed up! So now I must either throw it all away, or figure out how to take 3 pints of icecream with me! :(
So, since my 300 Euro budget has been cut in half, going by ferry from Cuxhaven (only about 120km from home - a 6-7 hour ride normally) is now too expensive - a one way trip with bike is almost 60 Euros, and that ferry only travels every two days.
My new ferry departure point has been moved to Hook-of-Holland, just a bit northwest of Rotterdam, Netherlands. True, this makes the first part of the trip over twice as long (I now have a 380km ride to the ferry), but the ferry-cost itself is now half the price, and there is a trip every 3-4 hours.
So leaving tonight (Saturday evening), or early Sunday morning, will still allow me to get to the campsite by Thursday morning as previously planned.
before loading the bike in the apartment
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In addition to changing my schedule - I am also adjusting my carrying load, mainly no laptop this time, especially since I can still be reached many ways through the new phone, and it has a little camera built in for taking pictures. I will replace that weight with more food and drink of course.