Wolverhampton to Dover
01.09.1998 - 23.09.1998
Tuesday 1st September 1998
Tuesday dawned bright and sunny and perfectly matched our excited mood. We were eager to set off for Dover but the bike’s front tyre needed replacing first. I’d booked the bike in at a local tyre garage and whilst I got that sorted out, Paula finished the packing and prepared the house for our long absence.
While the bike was on the ramp, I was wondering how it would handle all the extra weight (we calculated it would be carrying around 155Kilos between us and our luggage) but the unhelpful grease monkey refused to adjust the rear suspension.
Back home, we had a hasty lunch and then loaded the bike, setting out just before 2:00pm.
The weather was still fine and sunny and we made good time on the boring but mostly empty motorways.
We only made 2 pit-stops, once for a butt and sandwich break and once for fuel. By 5.00 pm we had travelled 160 miles and were making good time. The weather was keeping its end of the bargain and although the clouds were starting to build up into large grey mounds, it was still warm and very humid.
We finally ‘rode in’ to Dover a little after 6pm and found our B&B without any major difficulties. We had already booked a night at the B&B as Paula has a strong aversion to not knowing well in advance where she’ll lay her head. As for me – well, I think all that uncertainty is exciting and part of the big “Adventure”!! (A word that by the end of the trip Paula would hate!)
After putting the ‘bike away for the night in the rather convenient double garage that belonged to the B&B, we got out of our sweaty leathers and changed into clothes more befitting a drink and well deserved meal in a pub. In view of the enormous quantities of alcohol we planned to consume, we decided to be old fashioned and actually ‘walk’ into Dover Town Centre. We had been assured that it was only a 5 min walk but in actual fact it was more like 20… not that we cared – this was the start of our holidays and we weren’t keeping count!
We had a lovely meal in a really nice olde worlde pub which didn’t cost the earth, and we were very happy with life in general. We unsteadily walked back to the B&B and prepared for an early night as we had to get up at some unearthly hour the next day.