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Published: September 6th 2019
Wednesday.....Last minute packing before driving to Preston to catch the train to London Euston. Graham and Frances came with us so they could do some shopping and take the car home. We were very early but that gave us lots of time to sort out where we needed to be, which was Platform 4 and right at the back of the train. A guard unlocked the bike carriage and we lifted the bikes on and tied them up. Then it was a long walk through half the train to find our seats in F carriage carrying all our luggage. The journey passed quickly and we ate our packed lunch just before arriving in London to a brilliant blue sky and sunshine.
Next, it was a two miles bike ride across to Waterloo station which luckily was straight forward and trouble free. We arrived, and found, and boarded the train easily with ten minutes to spare before it left for Portsmouth Harbour! Much easier with the bikes on this one. We jumped on a carriage that showed 2 bikes on the door, propped the bikes up at one side and sat opposite them. We didn't even have to take the panniers off. We arrived in Portsmouth Harbour at 3.35pm and the thing we saw on leaving the station was H M Victory ship. Cue to use my new camera. ( I dropped my other one the last day of the Belgium trip and it didn't bounce!). The ride to the ferry followed the huge wall surrounding the Navel Base. As we had a three hours to kill we stopped at Morrisons for a drink and toasted tea cake which we made last as long as we could.
Boarding the ferry was very different to boarding at Hull. We had to walk through body scanners and the bags all had to be scanned. At Hull you show your passport and peddle on. The guy behind us had his knife confiscated. He said he bought it four days ago, for £15, because he is going to Wild camp. Also we had to walk and push the bikes onto the boat and all the bikes were stored in a little room together.
After leaving our bags in the cabin it was another coffee sat watching boats and ships coming in and out of the harbour. Later we dined and then had a drink in the wine bar listening to the piano player.
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