Mayan Prophecy Countdown
Well, I woke up a bit seedy this morning and that was thoroughly expected😉 After a small breakfast around 9am I hit the road, it was raining of course, so I took a few photos of the pub and headed off north. I only had 280km to get to the ferry terminal and I had already checked out the ferry times, the boat leaves at 15.30 so I could take it easy, which I did.
Not much to spruike about for the next few hours, just some wet narrow roads to start with before I found the main highway to Dublin then Belfast. I got to the ferry port about 2pm well in time and had a chance for a rest and a snack at the passenger terminal. Here I was again surprised by the friendly locals, a security guard told me not to buy the over expensive coke from the machine, so instead I gave him 50 cents and he went down to the staff canteen and got me one from there, thanks m8 that was well appreciated
It had sort of stopped raining in the past hour but it was still very overcast and now that my ticket was booked I actually felt happier. I even found a bit of Irish logic, everyone laughs at the Irish sense of humour, well, check out the signs on the door of the passenger terminal.
Of course it was a manual door, I wonder how many people besides myself got sucked in and stood there waving their arms around trying to open the door So, I arrived in Cairnryan in Scotland about two hours later after a very foggy run across the Irish Sea. I had spoken to some people near me on the boat and they had said a nice place to stay was Dumfries, about an hour or so inland. I was actually aiming for my friends place in Harrogate, Yorkshire. This was the home of Graham and Sue Whittington, we had met in Peru a few years back and rode for about a month together through parts of South America including the Atacama Desert. Anyway, after disembarking I headed off with only 74 miles to go to Dumfries.
I got to Dumfries after nearly running out of fuel. I was so used to getting better range on the higher octane, like 97,99 etc, but I have been using the 95 they have on offer and I am losing 50km at least in range! But, I did get to the birth town of Peter Pan and found, after much asking, a bed in a small hotel. All the B&Bs were full😦 But, it was quite cheap and the best thing of all, they served food and beer And funnily enough, up here in Scotland I had a great roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with vegies Even more of a bonus, I asked the owner about a local garage, I wanted to make a wire brace for my chain oiler, if I could push the oil tube against the sprocket and hold it in place, I could stop worrying about it. I was also out of chain lube in a can anyway, so something had to be done until I could get to Holland. Anyway, he said he would show me a servo on a map later, but while I was eating he came back with a piece of wire and some cable ties and out of that I should be able to fashion something Thanks heaps
I only had a couple of beers, as I needed to sort some stuff out, contact some people about the next few days ahead. It was not far to Graham’s place and I planned on being there after lunch, maybe find a cache or two on the way. It depends on the rain, it was back again, not that it had left of course. The room was warm and comfortable and I got started on some blog entries before crashing out around midnight.
Cheers from Dumfries, Scotland