Day 18

Day 18. Is it? Yes. 17, no 18. Definitely losing it! We woke early in Dublin. We had a 9am ferry to catch so needed to be at the port for 8. We got to the port and realised we were booked on a freight ferry. Most of the cargo was just lorry trailers and just a dozen or so cars. Inside it was the most basic boat. No shop. Nowhere to buy a newspaper to pass the time. It was going to be a very long day. The crossing would take 8 hours and although there was a TV, the time just dragged and dragged. We all tried to get comfortable and sleep but only really dozed for a few minutes at a time.

Finally we docked in Liverpool. We couldn’t start riding until we left the port. Karl had picked up a puncture so he quickly changed his tube and we set off towards Liverpool on a Friday afternoon rush hour. To our surprise the traffic was fairly light and we made good progress to Widnes arriving at around 7pm. So a really easy day today but quite a long one. Back to normal tomorrow. Widnes Extra store first thing followed by Widnes DC, then Stoke Extra in the afternoon. Getting close now. We just want to be home.

Simon