I felt shattered having only gone to bed at 04:45 and got up again at 06:15. As expected things were a last minute rush. I stayed with a friend in Witney and it wasn't long before I was falling asleep in front of the cup final.
On Monday morning I spent more time socialising with friends near Witney before setting off to stay with sister Aoiffe in Aylesbury, where I will spend a couple of days sorting out one or two last minute details. The ride over was uneventful apart from the shock of the weight of the bike causing a considerable reduction in speed, but it does go down hill pretty quickly.
Tomorrow is the real start of the journey. I head off across London to stay with my Audax friend Tim Wainwright in Croydon and from there I will hopefully have his company down to the south coast. The plan is to take the 15:30 ferry on Friday from Newhaven to Dieppe.
It has been hard to say all the goodbyes and it still hasn't really sunk in that I will be away for a long period of time.
Next time this blog is updated I will be in France and there will hopefully be a little bit more to say as I settle in to my new lifestyle.