Day 10 – London, United Kingdom – Dover, United Kingdom – Belgium – Guoda, Netherlands

It was Saturday morning, the next day to continue my trip around Europe. I had a shower, walked for my motorbike to my office’s parking area, and rode back to the hotel.

I received an SMS from DFDS that I should have expected high traffic around  the checking so they proposed 90 mins to arrive earlier. So to prevent any problem, I was in a hurry a bit. I packed everything into my bag and box, put it back on my motorbike, and say goodbye for my beatiful hotel.

I leaved the area of London, and immediately felt that I am happy, because I am on the road again.

I stopped just for some minutes at the border of the city to get some petrol, when I was shocked. I received a Danish message from my host in Rotterdam, that she cannot provide me accomodation, just she forgot to update the availability of the room on Airbnb, so instantly I reserved another place, but premilinary I asked confirmation from the host if it was available or not. Fortunately the host replied in 10 mins, so my destination changed from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Guoda, Netherlands, just 10-20 km far from each other. My initial shock had gone, so I could continue my trip to the ferry, without any problem.

I arrived to Dover, where I hoped that I could get up to an earlier ferry, but my original ferry was the only one, and also the traffic was so slow around the checkin, so I felt it was okay, I wait until it’s my turn. In 40 mins I could check in to the ferry, but it was Saturday afternoon, I think it is acceptable. My only problem was to wait in the sunshine another 45 mins for getting onto the ferry. It was so hot, 34°C, unbelievable.

But I was not sad, because I could talk to new riders, especially I became friend with Mac Toyoda, who rode from Japan to Europe in 2015 with his bike, and every year he comes back to ride around most beautiful places in Europe. He originally started his trip in Germany this year, rode to Ireland, and at that time he was heading to Norway. I invited him to Hungary, and will be happy to meet him again later on.

I, or we were on the ferry. : )

I ate the same again, some Lasagne, which was failsafe for the rest of my trip today.

We arrived to Calais, France in 90 mins, so I could proceed my trip to Guoda, Netherlands. It was around 18PM when I could get out of the traffic in Calais, France, so I didn’t have other option than go up to the motorway at least for the first part of my trip for today.

I rode to Belgium where I could have some rest, and where I realized and look around. there was only one thing which I didn’t calculated with previously. The time zone change, so I am one hour ahead to London, UK, so I didn’t have another option, than continue my ride on motorway until Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Then I continued my ride on motorway, and without any stop I arrived to the area of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was one of my favorite place, everywhere awesome buildings and beautiful bridges. 🙂

I turned to Guoda, Netherlands and finally in 30 mins I arrived to my place. Unfortunaly it was around 9:30PM, so I just applied Chain Lube, locked my motorbike to a lamp post on street, and got into the house. There was no-one at home, the key was under the “left” plant. 😀

It was a very friendly detached house, with 2 floors. Obviously my private room was on the top floor, so it was so good bring my bag and box up there. Not a problem, it was a very lovely place, but the mosquitos what I hated by the way. 😀 Dafna house

And …. sleep 😀

Day 6-9 – Working and relaxing in London, United Kingdom

After riding 2500 km through perhaps the most beautiful roads of Alps, visiting Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France, I needed some time to rest and recharge myself to continue my trip around Europe.

I worked some days in London office, which was so exciting again after one year. Besides that I had some time to walk and ride around London which was so exciting experience.

And could eat some so delicious meal around the city. 🙂

The Temple Brew House
Steak & Co

Riding outside of towns and cities are also good, but the big challenge is riding in one of the biggest city of the world. At the beginning it was a bit weird, but I could catch up the heartbeat of the city soon, and it was so good. 🙂

My only concern was about parking in London. In Budapest you can almost park everywhere with your motorcycle, but in London although there are lots of solo motorcycle parking slot all around the city, you can only park for short period of the time. Therefore first I parked in a secure parking place around British Museum, but finally I got permission to park at my office’s parking place. It was Ł32.60 per day for my motorcycle, so finally I really liked the idea to park at our company’s place. 🙂

Wednesday to Friday it was maily about working, but I visited very nice places and restaurants. I prepared myself very much and relaxed a lot, so on Saturday I could leave hotel quite relaxed state.

As I planned my ride to preliminary only to London, but on Friday I called my friend, living in Copenhagen, Denmark, if he could offer accommodation for me in Denmark. He invited me finally, so I simultaneously planned my trip back to Hungary through Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and finally Hungary. Well, it would have not been a circle, rather a Moon-shape, but after hundreds of motorway of France I wanted to get back to the hills and mountains, because it was much exciting for me.

Later I changed my mind, obviously. 😀

Therefore on Airbnb I reserved and booked all of my accomodation in 4 hours, so I think the only risky part was handled.

Day 5 – Paris, France – Calais, France – London, United Kingdom

On Tuesday morning I got up early, because I was so motivated to leave France, and finally get onto British Island with my motorcycle. Not so many rider from Hungary can say this I assume, I wanted to accomplish one of my dream. So I was confident, my DFDS ferry was planned to leave Calais, France at 13:55PM, so I had enough time to get there. But did not want to waste time on waiting, so I packed everything again, and leave my room.

It was a bit early, around 8:30AM, so I decided to put on my raincoat because of the cooler temperature, and got up to motorway again.

I was very fast, and with several coffee stops I arrived and checked into Calais, France 12:20PM, I was immediately sent to 12:25PM ferry. 😀 Coool!

I had only one single question, when I went through the Customs Control and ID check, am I on British territory, so is ride side changed to left already or not. I didn’t know, so said yes, no-one else was around as there was only 5 mins to get on the ferry. I rode on left side, but at the first roundabout I realized it is still French territory, so rode a bit improperly :’D  No problem, learned for my whole life 😀

Finally I was on hold at the parking line for another 6-8 mins, so I was a bit frustrated that ferry may leave me behind, but finally as the last guest I got up to the ferry. Everything was okay, departure was successful, and I was on the way to British Island. Great!

and some Lasagne 🙂
We successfully docked in Port of Dover, UK
48 km/h – 97 km/h – 113 km/h
I started my first kilometers riding on left side, and got more and more familiar with the concept. On motorcycle it was not so hard, the only thing what I felt a bit interesting is just turning right with big curve. But first time felt that right hand rule is much obvious, as drivers are also sit on right side, so it is much closer for me to look at.

In United Kingdom I decided to avoid motorways as I would not planned so much run there, I had to experience as much as I can on these roads. I did not regret it, experienced that feeling what I felt playing Rally games so many years ago on British roads. Tiny roads with brick wall on one side, and fence on the other side. So lovely, and every meter reminded me to these epic moments of my childhood. 🙂

Finally I drove around 120 km in UK when I arrived to London, UK, and could experience riding left lane very much. It was so good to try, and challenging at the beginning. I enjoyed it very much.

Finally I arrived to my destination to Club Quarters Hotel, Lincoln’s Inn Field in London.

I used Chain Lube again, and carried my bag and box into my hotel room quite soon. I was so happy that there was plenty lock anchor installed in front of the hotel, just for solo motorcycles.
I locked my motorcycle with my safety chain, and walked a big in the town. 🙂
Finally I became so tired, walked like 8-10 km to refresh my memories from Business Trip last year. 😀
On the way back I reviewed parking again around the hotel, and decided to put my bike into a preferred safe parking house around British Museum. It was extremely expensive, but parking in London anyway is a so expensive thing, a luxury. 
Finally when everything was done, I went back and could have some rest in a so good hotel, and relax for some work in the next couple of days, just to prepare myself to proceed with my trip to go forward, 😉