bigjim wrote: Sweep wrote:
bigjim wrote: I'm up North so the ferry is not convenient.
Well you could always incorporate a bit of uk cycling tour into the trip? Lots of interesting routes to down south.
Can recommend london northwestern trains for getting self and bike from crewe to london.
It's the time not the distance. I don't go away for more than 8 days at a time. Miss the family too much. I'm a useless loner.
When I did a French end to end I think I left home around 6 to 7am, cycled (about 30-40 minutes) to Wigan to catch a train to London, then train to Dover. I was in Dover by midday, to meet the rest of the party, & in Calais a couple of hours later followed by an hour or so gentle cycle to the day's destination campsite.
A flight may seem short if it is only an hour or so but there is the travel to the airport &, usually to somewhere at the other end. That could easily be an hour, or more, at each end. If you cycle to &/or from the airport there is the additional time for packing/unpacking your bike. Then there is the 2 hours you need to allow at the departure airport to get checked in & through security. Your one hour flight can end up being 5 hours door-to-door.