Ferry’s ticket in the pocket I have now to look a bit more into the route I’m planning to ride along. For France, I’m not really afraid of it, I know the French motorway system and the rules, and I if I want to have a good and safe ride, I know I’ll have to stick to D roads (départementale) which are usually quiets and perfect for cycling.
However my main worry is more about this side of the channel; indeed as if I’m used to cycle in the city, other kind of roads are totally unknown for me. Wouldn’t like to end up on a road where cars can drive at 70mph!
There are bunch of routes on the internet, all of them around 60-65 miles from London to Newhaven where I would need to be at 9am on Saturday 25th of August to catch my ferry. I spend 2hours comparing maps between google maps and my road maps, as well as looking for different routes by other people. I didn’t thought that planning a route could be so complex, and I can’t rely on someone else as I would ride alone. Plus the pressure of getting on time at the ferry is real.
Finally I think I’ll stick to my first thinking with this route (via) which looks quite alright, the most annoying part of it being to exit from London to join Redhill, after that it would be a piece of cake. I am just a bit worried about the part between Purley and Redhill (brighton Road, A23) as it seems being a big road heading to the M25. The only way to figure it out is to ride the route at least once before the big day (and comeback by train from Newhaven). Soon then… And it’s still pourly raining in London.