DWW France Trip Number Four

Dawn had not arrived on Saturday 8th of October, when cyclists from DWW left Deal collecting members on the way whilst cycling to Dover, including those who took the easy option; their cars! The group ranged from original members to one who had only joined the previous Monday!                                                                                                The rain held until two minutes after they had disembarked, when the heavens opened, well for five minutes, enough to ensure all were wet!                                                       Again, the tram lines just outside the ferry port caught out the group, unfortunately ending the day for Larry owing to his injuries; P&O were amazing and gave him VIP treatment on the way home. Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery.                                                                                                                                                                                               The remaining cyclists continued, splitting at Sangatte. The sensible few, took the flatter route, whilst the majority, all male, took the route with the steeper hill, but owing to a huge cloud burst, found themselves water cycling, surfing down the hill.Wading through three inches of water, they took shelter, the spectacle causing hilarity to the cafe owner’s daughter. With dripping gloves and sopping socks they joined the others for for a drier, picturesque ride through the countryside.                          Unfortunately, one cyclist’s passport decided his pocket wasn’t comfortable enough, so it jumped out into a nearby bush, at the same time as a brand new bike’s tyre decided that rain and French roads were more than it could cope with!                                                                                                                                                                                            Puncture mended and passport and owner re acquainted, this part group were confused by a no entry sign, so were separated from the rest, but mobile phones came to the rescue!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A two and a half hour lunch became less than an hour, but cyclists, all replete, but not too full to cycle, pedalled fast along the flat canals getting back to the ferry port promptly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For the first time, the ferry was on time, so after a short wait, they were all homeward bound. Another good day, bar the accident, well arranged by Phil!

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