Our first post while beginning our trip. We left London after what seemed like a week of stress, getting everything together, packing our home and studio up. Saying goodbye to friends was the hardest part, but we did manage to milk a few send offs. On Tuesday morning (4.4.17) a few Greenland marina friends waved us off as we cycled our laiden bikes to St.Pancras station.Once on the Eurostar we celebrated the journey with 2 work colleagues (Flo & Matthew) and thankfully they were there to help with our panniers with only a couple of minute turnaround!
Lille to Rumegies – a short journey but confusing as battling with new signs and our limit French (24 miles) to our first stop over at a lovely b&b. During the ride we mistook a side road but to our delight we meet some older guys placing arrows on the cobbled path to way mark for the annual cycle race ‘ Paris-Roubaix’!
Day 2/3 a good petit dejeuner began the day as we set out for our first ride through quiet French lanes, national parks and small towns. A ride off 45 miles took us to Maubuerge where everything went wrong! Day 3 became our worst nightmare-robbed in the night in our tents! As we awoke on 6th April we discovered a side peg was out and only later realised 2 ortlieb panniers were gone. All our bike spares, bike tools, cables for charging, cooking pots etc etc.
So I am writing our first blog sitting in a hotel room after a long day researching for replacement gear and going to the French police! We are hoping for a better few days/weeks ahead//
The only paper we have collect is a police report today!