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Slovenia-Croatia 29/06: Lakes on a Plain

The plan for the start of the trip was to take the Eurotunnel around 10AM, arriving in France in time for lunch. My bike problems put paid to this, and at the time Howard and I should have been boarding we were instead heading for Chiswick to reclaim my steed. The Honda shop knocked £100 off the bill to cover the expense of amending our bookings, but it still meant an extra twenty miles of South Circular at the start of a day's riding that was always going to be long, and a departure nearly five hours later than planned.

We decided to aim for the hotel we'd booked, the Hotel des Lacs at Celles-sur-Plaine in Alsace, and stop early if we really couldn't make it. We arrived in Calais at 16:15 local time, and hit the autoroute.

It was a long, hard slog, with a brief supper of service station sandwiches rather than my envisaged leisurely meal at the hotel's award-winning restaurant. At last, after dark, we left the motorway and travelled through darkened villages, then along a winding road through the misty forest. Mountains and lakes were intermittently visible through the fog; Howard disappeared around a bend ahead and I was alone in this eerily timeless place, apart from a pair of glowing eyes glimpsed up a track branching off the main road.

Howard found the village and I found the hotel, as is our usual procedure. It was a quarter to eleven, long after the ETA I had supplied, and the building was shuttered and dark. Trying not to panic, I looked up the hotel's phone number and spoke to the proprietress. She was warmly welcoming, and within minutes had come down, let us in, opened the garage for our bikes, and shown us to a well-appointed double room where we were able to enjoy a bath! before turning in.

We were late, we were tired, but we were back on track.

445 miles
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Lakes on a Plain


Sounds like quite an adventure so far, too. :)
Hee! I've been saving that one up!
I trust you don't choose your holiday destinations specifically for the punning opportunities? :-p
It's a thought! There are plenty of silly names in Germany, for example...
The ones [ F | W ] that spring to mind are more rude than silly. And one's in Austria.

And frankly we in the UK are in no position to talk!

On a previous holiday I enncountered a railway called the Wankbahn, and was devastated that I couldn't find a postcard of it.
Very glad you got the bike back - was *concerned*.

a pair of glowing eyes glimpsed up a track branching off the main road.

Look out for the zombies, dude.

Edited at 2013-07-15 12:23 pm (UTC)
Did you write this whole post for the title?
Would I do that?

(answer not required)
Glad you managed to get away, and I hope things got better after the first long late day.
Thanks! Spoiler: they did :)
You are BACKKK!!!! Nope, I have not missed you in the slightest - what ever would make you think that. *winks*

I am so glad that you got back to us safely, sweetie.

I can still recall those nervous texts about hoping the bike would be ready in time, so it is lovely to know that the delay did not mess up your plans that badly.

I am so looking forward to reading all about it!

Did I mention that I was glad you are back?? Hee hee

*hugs, and in bounds your pupniece to cover you in Welcome Back slurpies*
Now that's what I call a welcome! *hugs all round* Feel free to share pupnews any time you're ready!
Yay! Have a fabulous time. It is a beautiful part of the world. One of our best holidays was at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia.
That's where we stayed - at least, in a little village nearby! It was possibly the nicest part of the trip, too!